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For All We Know /

Don't Be Afraid - 1971

The Carpenters next single came from a movie soundtrack.  The movie Lovers and Other Strangers used the song "For All We Know" in the wedding scene.  Karen and Richard liked the song and decided to record it.  "For All We Know" was released on January 6, 1971 and on February 6, it reached #3 on the Billboard charts, behind "Just My Imagination" by the Temptations and "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin.  It reached #1 on the Easy Listening Chart and stayed at that slot for three weeks.   


It was the lead single off of the Carpenters album, also known as the "tan" album or the "envelope" album. The single became another Gold Record and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for 1971.  The Carpenters couldn't perform it at the Oscars, as it was a rule at that time that if you hadn't appeared in the movie, you couldn't perform the song at the awards.  Karen and Richard asked for Petula Clark to sing in their place.

The "b" side is a selection from the

album Ticket to Ride.



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