Yesterday Once More (song)

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"Yesterday Once More"
Yesterday Once More (single).jpg
Artwork for U.S. vinyl single
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Now & Then
B-side "Road Ode"
Released June 2, 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Pop
Length 3:56
Label A&M
Writer(s) Richard Carpenter, John Bettis
Producer(s) Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter
The Carpenters singles chronology
"Yesterday Once More"
"Top of the World"

"Yesterday Once More", written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, is a hit song by The Carpenters from their 1973 album Now & Then. Composed in the key of E, "Yesterday Once More" features a long middle section, consisting of eight covers of 1960s tunes incorporated into a faux oldies radio program. The work takes up the entire B-side of the album.

The single version of the song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart becoming their 5th number two hit and making them the act with the second most number two hits on the chart behind only Madonna. The song also peaked at number 1 on the easy listening chart, becoming their eighth number 1 on that chart in four years.[1] It is The Carpenters' biggest-selling record worldwide and their best-selling single in the UK, peaking at number 2.[2] Richard Carpenter admitted, on a Japanese documentary, that it was his favorite of all the songs that he had written. He has performed an instrumental version at concerts.

According to Cash Box, on June 2, 1973, "Yesterday Once More" was the highest-debuting single at No. 71. By August 4, it had reached No. 1.[citation needed]

Dionne Warwick, a close friend of The Carpenters, performed the song live in Las Vegas the night before Karen Carpenter's death in 1983.[3]


Notable cover versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 47. 
  2. ^ "CARPENTERS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  3. ^ Schmidt, Randy L. Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter. Forward by Dionne Warwick. Chicago Review Press, 9781556529764). p. 368.)
  4. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  5. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Forum - 1973 Chart (General)". Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 1973 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 

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