In 1972, Richard Carpenter had learned of a new song from Williams and Nichols, who had already contributed "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays" to the Carpenters. He included it on their 1972 album A Song for You, but it would not be released as a single until 1974. Before then, Diana Ross heard it and included it on her 1973 album Touch Me in the Morning, as well as the B side of the title track single release, which became a number-one hit. Williams released his version as a single in 1973, but garnered only minor success. Maureen McGovern recorded the song and also released it as a single in 1973 (and included on her album The Morning After), but it also failed to become a hit. The Carpenters' version was released as a single the following year.