Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gabor Szabo - "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1971)

Gabor Szabo - "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (Billboard easy listening #40, entered 12/19/70). Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Produced by Tommy LiPuma. 45: "(They Long to Be) Close to You"/"Love Theme from Spartacus" (Blue Thumb 1971). LP: Magical Connection (Blue Thumb 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

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