Music by Roger Nichols
Lyrics by Paul Williams

This song has become our signature tune.  Karen and I had met Roger Nichols and Paul Williams not long after we signed with A&M.  Already fans of their work, we came to know them – and Paul’s singing, as he would occasionally stop in and sing with us while we rehearsed on the A&M sound stage.  Around the time we were recording Close To You, I took notice of a TV commercial for the Crocker Bank.  A soft-sell campaign, it featured a young couple getting married, and driving into the sunset.  The song, expressly written for the commercial was “We’ve Only Just Begun.”  It caught my ear immediately.  As the commercial featured Paul’s singing, I assumed it was a Nichols/Williams song, and spoke to Paul on the A&M lot shortly thereafter.  Paul informed me that I was correct, and that the song did have both a bridge and a third verse.  (I was curious, as the ads contained only the one or two verses.)  Upon hearing the demo, I was convinced the song was a hit, and went into the sound stage to work out the arrangement.  The single was released in August of 1970 and went on to become a smash, and one of the best known prothalamia ever written.


Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Jack Daugherty
Arranged by Richard Carpenter
Lead Vocal: Karen Carpenter
Backing Vocals: Karen and Richard Carpenter
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Hal Blaine
Clarinet: Doug Strawn
Engineer: Ray Gerhardt
From the album Close To You (1970)
Additional recording and remix done in 1985
Engineer: Roger Young



Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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