Music and Lyrics by William Garrett, Brian Holland, Freddie Gorman, Georgia Dobbins
and Robert Bateman
“Please Mr. Postman,” a Motown classic, was originally a number one hit for The Marvelettes in 1961 and  was subsequently covered by The Beatles.  Karen and I had always liked it, and I had considered recording it for some time.  Listening to the basic track of this song can be a fairly boring experience, as it is only four chords repeating themselves.  Our engineer, Ray Gerhardt, upon first hearing the track, hated it, and thought we had taken leave of our senses.  Of course, as more was added to it, the recording took shape, and Ray ultimately just disliked it.  We loved it and thought it could be a hit.  Released in the fall of 1974. “Postman” was a smash worldwide.  A simple, but magical, song.


Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP) / Stone Agate Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced and Arranged by Richard Carpenter
Lead Vocal: Karen Carpenter
Backing Vocals: Karen and Richard Carpenter
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Karen Carpenter
Tenor Sax: Bob Messenger
Guitar: Tony Peluso
Engineer: by Ray Gerhardt
From the album Horizon (1975)
Remixed in 1991 by Richard Carpenter and Roger Young
Engineer: Roger Young



Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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