Hurting Each Other b/w Maybe It’s You
A&M #1322 Released 1971
Already a hit by many versatile artists since the '60s, Karen & Richard Carpenter put their stamp on it and in 1971 the single went to #2 on the Billboard chart. It's reminiscent of the Righteous Brothers “Just Once In My Life,” (and also Burt’s influence is in there) but the voice of Karen with Richard’s dynamic arrangement is pure beautiful Carpenters.
The b-side “Maybe It’s You” was previously found on the “Close To You” album in 1970. Another nice ballad.
I Won’t Last A Day Without You b/w One Love
A&M #1521 Released 1974
Paul Williams and Roger Nichols’ classic “I Won’t Last A Day Without You” found the right home with Richard and Karen Carpenter and resulted in this smash from 1974. This one doesn’t get brought up as much as some of the other Carpenters’ hits (“Close To You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays”), but it’s just as melodic and beautiful and even has some nice guitar licks courtesy of the late Tony Peluso (the 3rd Carpenter).
The b-side is a orchestrated love song from the album “Carpenters” written by Richard Carpenter and lyricist John Bettis.
Five star singles!