Dionne Warwick once quipped about the Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs she recorded first that later became huge hits for others: B.J. Thomas ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head") and the Stylistics ("You'll Never Get to Heaven"). Probably the best-known example is the Carpenters' hit "(They Long to Be) Close to You." The duo was initially signed to RCA Records by A&R man Neely Plumb in 1966 and later signed with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' A&M Records. Bacharach liked their 1969 mid-charting pop cover of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" and contacted them about performing at a benefit. Alpert suggested that they perform "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and later had the duo record the song, advising Richard not to listen to Warwick's original version so that the young arranger could come up with a new arrangement. Richard also added the parenthesized "They Long to Be" to the song's title. Alpert had a 1968 gold number one pop single with the Bacharch/David song "This Guy's in Love With You." It would be one of their many hits which featured the Wrecking Crew, a cadre of top West Coast session musicians which included bassist Joe Osborn and drummer Hal Blaine. Produced by Jack Daugherty, the million-selling single parked at number one pop for four weeks and went to number one adult contemporary in the summer of 1970. The sweet number earned them a Grammy for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus and Best New Artist, while racking up a Record of the Year nomination. The Close to You album went gold, peaking at number two pop and yielding the number two pop single "We've Only Just Begun." There are several tasty covers of "(They Long to Be) Close to You": one by virtuoso guitarist Gabor Szabo and a Top Ten R&B/pop-charting duet by Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager. In an example of turnabout is fair play, Warwick's cover of Alpert's hit "This Guy's in Love With You," written by Bacharach and David, titled "This Girl's in Love With You," was a 1969 number seven pop single.