Never-Before-Seen Live Footage of The Carpenters Performing 'For All We Know'

The footage comes from a public television special airing this Saturday, Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters

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On Saturday, public television will air Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters, an in-depth look at the beloved pop duo that features rare performances and extensive archival footage. And PEOPLE is proud to exclusively premiere a never-before-seen performance of “For All We Know” from the special for you.

Richard Carpenter tells PEOPLE of the song: “As ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ had peaked, Karen and I were concerned with what song should follow as a single. We had been touring almost constantly and, as a result, I had little time to be listening to, or writing, new material. We had arrived in Toronto to open the show for Engelbert Humperdink and the night before opening, it was suggested we relax by seeing a movie, Lovers And Other Strangers. As we were to discover, ‘For All We Know’ was written for the film. I liked it immediately and called the Coast, requesting the demo and lead sheet be awaiting me when I returned home. In addition to becoming a hit, the song went on to win the Oscar for Best Song of 1970. ‘For All We Know’ works beautifully for Karen’s alto, our background harmonies and the fluid electric bass playing of Joe Osborn. The recording is as fresh to me in 2015 as it was in 1970.”

“‘For All We Know’ is a quintessential Carpenters recording,” the special’s producer, Jim Pierson, adds. “It’s a beautiful love song with a lush arrangement by Richard Carpenter that spotlights an intimately warm vocal by his sister Karen. The song was a million-selling hit single for the brother-sister duo in 1971, the same year they won their third Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. According to Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 Singles charts, the Carpenters were the top American recording act of the 1970s.”

In conjunction with the special, a three-CD box set called Carpenters – The Complete Singles, containing every A- and B-side the group recorded for A&M Records between 1969 and 1989 – 66 songs in total – will be released as a pledge gift. A DVD of Close to You will also be offered as a public television exclusive. The special airs Saturday, Nov. 28.

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