Music by Richard Carpenter
Lyrics by John Bettis

I wrote most of this melody while visiting London in 1971.  As it is chromatic in places, and employs lengthy phrases at times, it is quite difficult to sing correctly.  Karen, as always, performs it both beautifully and effortlessly.  While constructing the arrangement, I pictured a melodic fuzz guitar solo, and knew just the guitarist I wanted to employ—Tony Peluso.  Karen and I had met Tony in 1971 when his band, Instant Joy, had backed Mark Lindsay, who had opened for us on our spring tour.  The resulting guitar solo is, in my opinion, one of the best in recording history.  “Goodbye To Love” went Top 10, but did provoke some “hate mail” from people who claimed we had sold out, and gone HARD ROCK!!!


Almo Music Corp. / Hammer And Nails Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Produced by Jack Daugherty
Arranged by Richard Carpenter
Lead Vocal: Karen Carpenter
Backing Vocals: Karen and Richard Carpenter
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Hal Blaine
Guitar: Tony Peluso
Engineer: Ray Gerhardt
From the album A Song For You (1972)
Additional recording and remix done in 1985
Engineer: Roger Young



Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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