Yesterday Once More

Album: Now and Then (1973)
Charted: 2 2


  • Richard Carpenter on explained: "The oldies were enjoying a resurgence in popularity during the early '70s, much to Karen's and my delight. I thought it would be nice to write a song about this, and use the piece to bookend the oldies medley we were planning to record for the second side of our first album release for 1973, Now and Then. The resulting 'Yesterday Once More' became our eighth domestic gold single, and one of our biggest hits worldwide."
  • The house featured on the cover of the Now and Then album was bought by Karen and Richard Carpenter for their parents in 1970, with the earnings from their breakthrough hit "(They Long to Be) Close to You." Fans of the Carpenters refer to this relatively modest 5-bedroom house in suburban Downey, California, as their Graceland. It was in a specially constructed annex at the Carpenters' 'Graceland,' that the siblings recorded their songs. It was also here that tragedy struck, when in 1983, the anorexic Karen collapsed and died.
  • Session man Hal Blaine played drums on most Carpenters singles, but Karen Carpenter played drums on this one. Richard played keyboards, Joe Osborn was on bass, and Tony Peluso played guitar.

Comments: 8

  • Shabname from Pakistan Most beautiful song lyrics are very meaningful
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1973 {July 22nd} "Yesterday Once More" by the Carpenters peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and it spent fourteen weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and also #1 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart and the Canadian Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The week "Yesterday Once More" was at #2 on the Hot Top 100 chart, the #1 record for that week was "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce...
    Between 1970 and 1982 the duo had twenty-eight records on the Hot Top 100 chart, twelve made the Top 10 with three* reaching #1, "Close to You" for 4 weeks in 1970, "Top of the World" for 2 weeks in 1973, and "Please Mr. Postman" for 1 week in 1975...
    Richard Lynn Carpenter will celebrate his 73rd birthday this coming October 15th, 2019 and may Karen Ann Carpenter {1950 - 1983} R.I.P.
    *They just missed having five more #1 records when "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Day and Mondays", "Superstar", "Hurting Each Other", and the above "Yesterday Once More", all peaked at #2 on the Hot Top 100 chart...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1981 {May 9th} The Spinners performed their covered version of "Yesterday Once More"/"Nothing Remains The Same" medley on the nationally syndicated television program, 'Soul Train'...
    Five weeks earlier the song peaked at position #32 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart...
    Between 1961 and 1995 the Detroit quintet had forty records on the Hot Soul Singles chart, nineteen made the Top 10 with six* reaching #1...
    Their six #1 records were "I'll Be Around" {for 5 weeks in 1972}, "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" {for 1 week in 1973}, "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" {for 4 weeks in 1973}, "Mighty Love (Part 1)" {for 2 weeks in 1974}, "Games People Play" {for 1 week in 1975} and "The Rubberband Man" {for 1 week in 1976}...
    * They just missed having a seventh #1 record when their "Then Came You", with Dionne Warwick, peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} in 1974, and for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White...
    May Don Cornelius {1936 - 2012} R.I.P.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, Mn A great song about nostalgia. The song was used as the theme song to a short lived Saturday night 70s music show on a defunct Twin Cities radio station.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenI think the "Now and Then" album was the last one to feature Karen on the drums.
  • Kent from Greensburg, PaSuch a wonderful song with a wonderful voice. So sad how Karen had died and hid so much pain with such marvelous singing.
  • Thyrocyte from Bangkok, ThailandOldies but Goodies.
    The song always brings my memory back to my childhood and happiness in the past. It even refreshes me with the feeling of youthfulness. It always makes me smile.
  • Siansonea from Denver, CoSuch a beautiful song. It's funny that it's a song about nostalgia, that is itself now nostalgic.
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