Music by Leon Russell

Lyrics by Bonnie Bramlett

Late one evening, during the period in which we were recording our third album, I happened to tune in to The Tonight Show.  Bette Midler, who was then relatively unknown, was guesting and on this particular show, sang “Superstar.”  I felt, with the right arrangement, the song could be a hit, and was a natural for Karen.  When the time came to release our version as a single, I was vacillating between “Superstar” and “Let Me Be The One,” being concerned that the lyrics to the former were a little unconventional for a Carpenters record.  Jerry Moss, who strongly believed in “Superstar,” felt I was worrying needlessly, and made up my mind for me.  Thanks, Jerry.


Embassy Music Corp. / Cherry River Music Co. Songs of DreamWorks  (BMI) 

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

Oboe: Earle Dumler

Engineer: Ray Gerhardt

From the album Carpenters (1971)

Additional recording done in 1985 

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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