Bless the Beasts and the Children - 1971
"Superstar" was released on August 12, 1971 and peak on Billboard at #2 on September 4. It was held out of the #1 spot by "Maggie May/Reason to Believe" by Rod Stewart, which is interesting to me since they had recorded "Reason to Believe" for the album "Close to You".
This single is considered a double "A" side, as "Bless the Beasts..." was received radio play and charted. It reached #67 on November 10, 1971. It was also released on the soundtrack of the movie of the same title. I have included pictures on the Japanese released single, which is the soundtrack version. Rather than an English Horn at the very beginning, a vibraphone is used. It is also a different vocal take.
The Carpenters changed a lyric in the song. Originally, the verse says "And I can hardly wait to sleep with you again". The Carpenters version is "And I can hardly wait to be with you again".
Richard had heard Bette Midler perform the song on The Tonight Show and felt it would be a good fit for Karen. There recording is her first take, while reading the lyrics off of a napkin.
Both of these singles were purchased from eBay. The alternate cover for Superstar was purchased in 2023 at a thrift store. Lucky find.