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Yesterday Once More”, written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, was a hit song by The Carpenters from their 1973 album Now & Then. Composed in the key of E, “Yesterday Once More” preceded an “Oldies Medley” on the album, consisting of nine songs from the 1960s. At the end of the song a motorcycle engine was heard to transition into the first song of the medley: “Fun, Fun, Fun”. The motorcycle was mixed out on The Singles: 1969-1973 compilation. However, very few copies of that particular version are on CD.

Though the song failed to top the US Billboard charts, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 chart, it did go to #1 on the American adult contemporary chart, becoming their eighth #1 on this chart in four years. Though not quite as celebrated as signature songs Close to You or We’ve Only Just Begun, the ballad is nonetheless the Carpenters biggest selling record worldwide. Richard Carpenter admitted on a recent Japanese Carpenters documentary that it is his favorite of all the songs he’s written. He has gone on to perform the instrumental version at concerts.

According to Cash Box Magazine, on June 2, 1973, “Yesterday Once More” was the highest debut single, debuting at #71. By August 4, it had skyrocketed to #1.


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When I was young I'd listen to the radio
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  • sternenfee0


    28 Mar 5:45pm Reply
  • carpedieme

    Ich liebe Karen's tiefe, volle Stimme und frage mich jedes Mal, warum sie so früh sterben musste. Ich würde sie heute noch gerne singen hören. Wirklich schade.

    14 Jan 2:26pm Reply
  • wilte01

    Beautiful; nothing more needs to be said

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BillieShears39

    Karen is an Angel ♥

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    Makes me feel like a young girl.....but I don't want to be arrested

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • snooks1690

    You left us too soon Karen!!!

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • drclark7

    this is not the original. why are there so many "live" and altered versions of these songs?

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TheEnchantress

    Every sha-la-la every shinga-ling-ling..... I'm in the groove here....

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • oldchap2

    Absolutely fabulous.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bolters

    good track

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rolinx

    damn i <3 this song so much......

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheEnchantress

    Smooth.... such a lovely voice Karen had and so clear too. Loved their music and I still revisit from time to time.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply

    "CARPENTERS" der Traum............

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • robmc65

    wow all i can say

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Stuart_92

    Beautiful voice. Beautiful song.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Takes me right back, hearing this all over the Los Angeles radio stations during the summer of 1973.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
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    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • AndreiWT

    "Every sha-la-la-la, every wo-u-wo-o still shines!" Simply a beautiful music made by a very gifted sister and brother. Bravo, Carpenters!

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • strangelove88

    this song is just amazing. Karen's voice was truly one of a kind, it's a shame that the world had to lose it.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
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