"(They Long to Be) Close to You" is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
It was first recorded by Richard Chamberlain and released as a single in 1963 as "They Long to Be Close to You," without parentheses. However, it was the single's flip side, "Blue Guitar," that became a hit.
Although Richard Chamberlain recorded the first version, the tune was also recorded as a demo by Dionne Warwick in 1963. Later, it had been re-recorded with Bacharach's new arrangement for her album "Make Way for Dionne Warwick" in 1964. Also, it was released as the B-side of her single "Here I Am" in 1965.
In 1968, Bacharach released his own version.
Having become a hit since 1970, the version by Carpenters is the most well-known.