Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Gabor Szabo - "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1971)
The prolific guitarist Szabo mostly channels Wes Montgomery in this reinterpretation of what was then the latest Bacharach-David standard. But you do hear his own distinctive style manifesting itself in bends and chitters. "Close to You" had been floating around since 1963 in versions by Richard Chamberlain, Dionne Warwick, and Dinah Washington, but the Carpenters' 1970 hit recording became the definitive one, prompting this cover by Szabo. It would be his only appearance on any of the Billboard charts.
Gabor Szabo - "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
See also: A KMPC Playlist circa 1971