The sibling duo scored its first Hot 100 chart-topper with "(They Long to Be) Close to You," but success came with a price.

The smooth sounds of sibling duo The Carpenters, who came to epitomize easy listening in the pre-disco 1970s, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time when Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "(They Long to Be) Close to You" hit No. 1 on July 25, 1970.

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