This originally showed up on the multi-platinum album A Song For You
in June 1972. The song was released as a single in Japan in 1972 and went gold. At the same time, country artist Lynn Anderson ("I Never Promised You A Rose Garden") covered it and her version reached #1 on the Country chart. Finally, in September 1973, the Carpenters released the song as a single in the US and UK due to popular demand. It shot straight to #1 and became one of their best known hits.
Timm - Anaheim, CA, for above 2