1976 Carpenters – I Need To Be In Love
The Carpenters had #1 or #2 singles on the Hot 100 every year from 1970 to 1975. The best they could manage in 1976 was the title song of their newest album. There’s A Kind Of Hush was a cover of the Herman’s Hermits single that peaked at only #12 on the Hot 100.
Richard often co-wrote songs with John Bettis and in 1976 they co-wrote a song with Albert Hammond. Richard produced I Need To Be In Love, which became the second single from the album.
The single peaked at only #25 on the Hot 100. It was the duo’s sixth consecutive #1 record on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart. That made it their fourteenth chart-topping single on the AC chart, a record number that only the Carpenters have exceeded ( a few years later they had one more).
Karen has named the song as her favorite Carpenters’ tune.
The Carpenters no longer had hit singles on the Hot 100 after 1976. They only had one more single that reached the top thirty on the Hot 100. Touch Me When We’re Dancing reached #16 on the Hot 100 in 1981. It was their last #1 record on the AC chart and would be their last top forty single on the Hot 100. They continued to chart hits on the AC chart until Karen’s death in 1983.
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