Only Yesterday (song)

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"Only Yesterday"
Cover to the single "Only Yesterday"
Single by the Carpenters
from the album Horizon
ReleasedMarch 14, 1975
Format7" single
RecordedJanuary 1975
Songwriter(s)Richard Carpenter
John Bettis
Producer(s)Richard Carpenter
the Carpenters singles chronology
"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"
"Only Yesterday"

"Only Yesterday" is a song recorded by the Carpenters. Released on March 14, 1975, the song was composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. "Only Yesterday" peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary (AC) charts,[1] The Carpenters' eleventh number one on that chart.

The song was The Carpenters' last top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100—though they would have nine more top-ten singles on the AC charts, ending with AC number seven Make Believe It's Your First Time, a few months after Karen's death in 1983.

The music video features some footage of Karen and Richard at work in the studio. After Karen sang the line, "the promise of morning light", it faded from the studio to a fountain in Huntington Library Gardens in San Marino, California. It then featured some footage of a Japanese bridge.


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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 47.
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1975-05-17. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Only Yesterday". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1975-07-07. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  5. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1975-05-03. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 24, No. 14, December 27, 1975". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".
  8. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1975 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1975-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Retrieved 2016-10-10.


  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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