Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? Just like me, they long to be close to you.Such are the opening lyrics from hit song ‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters from the album of the same name. The song was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis in 1963 and the tune was recorded by a few artists in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until 1970, when The Carpenters released their rendition that ‘Close to You’ became such a big hit. It was the breakthrough song for Richard and Karen Carpenter, topping the ‘Billboard Hot 100′ for four weeks straight and earning the duo a Grammy Award in 1971.