"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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