We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters

We’ve Only Just Begun  is a popular love song made popular by The Carpenters.  However, it had beginnings as a bank commercial. The song was written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams. The song was recorded by a friend of Nichols and made it’s debut as a wedding themed commercial for Crocker National Bank in Read More

{They Long to Be} Close to You

{They Long to Be} Close to You was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song was first released in 1963 by Richard Chamberlain as They Long to be Close to You. In 1964, Dionne Warwick recorded a Burt Bacharach arrangement of the song. In 1971, Bacharach recorded his own version of the song. Read More

California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’ was written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips when they were living in New York. In 1963, John Phillips dreamed about the song. Upon waking, he shook his wife, Michelle, awake and together the couple wrote the songs. At the time, the couple were members of “The New Journeymen”, a folk group. This Read More

Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in July 1945. Big Band Leader, Vaughn Monroe, first recorded the song on December 22, 1945. The song was actually written during a heat wave in Hollywood, CA. In the book Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo, Sammy Cahn said: Read More

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

I’ll Be Home for Christmas is a song that can bring tears to the eye, especially if one is away from home and family for the holiday season. The song was written for just that reason, to honor the soldiers overseas who longed to be home during World War II.  The song lyrics explain that Read More

The Carpenter’s Left a Lasting Impression

During the 1970s the Carpenter’s were very popular. Even today their hits can still be heard in commercials and movies. The Carpenter’s were a brother and sister group. Richard was born on October 15, 1946, and Karen was born on March 2, 1950. They were born in Connecticut and later moved to California. In his Read More