Hurting Each Other

Infobox Single
Name = Hurting Each Other

Caption =
Artist = The Carpenters
from Album = A Song for You
B-side = "Maybe It's You"
Released = December 23, 1971
Format = 7" single
Recorded = Autumn 1971
Genre = Pop
Length = 02:48
Label = A&M Records
Writer = Gary Geld; Peter Udell
Producer = Jack Daugherty
Certification = RIAA Certified Gold Single
Chart position = * #2 (U.S. Billboard Hot 100), #1 (U.S. AC)
Last single = "Bless the Beasts and Children" (1971)
This single = "Hurting Each Other" (1971)
Next single = "It's Going to Take Some Time"/"Flat Baroque" (1972)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = A Song for You
Type = studio
Tracks = ;Side one
# "A Song for You"
# "Top of the World"
# "Hurting Each Other"
# "It's Going to Take Some Time"
# "Goodbye to Love"
# "Intermission";Side two
# "Bless the Beasts and Children"
# "Flat Baroque"
# "Piano Picker"
# "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
# "Crystal Lullaby"
# "Road Ode"
# "A Song for You (Reprise)"
"Hurting Each Other" is a song popularized by the Carpenters in 1972.Fact|date=May 2008 It was originally written by Gary Geld and Peter Udell in 1965,Fact|date=May 2008 and was recorded multiple times by artists from Ruby and the Romantics to Rosemary Clooney. [cite web |title=Search result, ACE title search, Performers of "Hurting Each Other" |publisher=American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) |url=,s,w,p,b,v&results_pp=30&start=1 | accessdate=2008-05-22 ]

Previous versions

One early version of the song was recorded by Jimmy Clanton and released in 1965 as a single on Mala Records. [cite web |title=45 Discography For Mala Records |publisher=Global Dog Productions |work=Discographies of 50's and 60's record labels |url= | accessdate=2008-05-22 ] According to Richard Carpenter, this version of "Hurting Each Other" had a very different feel from the Carpenters' product. [Song Synopsis Insert in "Carpenters: Gold 35th Anniversary Edition"]

Chad Allan & The Expressions, who later became The Guess Who, also recorded the song in 1965 on their Canadian LP, "Hey Ho (What Yo Do To Me)."Fact|date=May 2008

A version of "Hurting Each Other" also appeared on The Walker Brothers' second album, Portrait, which was released in 1966. However, the song was apparently not released as a single.

Carpenters' version

The Carpenters apparently recorded "Hurting Each Other" in the very end of 1971.Fact|date=May 2008 Some footage of Richard and Karen performing the backup vocals can be seen on "Jerry Dunphy Visits the Carpenters," when news anchor Jerry Dunphy went to Karen and Richard Carpenter's house and interviewed them and their parents about their life.Fact|date=May 2008It was released as a single in early 1972, taken from the album "A Song for You", and reached #2 on the "Billboard" Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

The Carpenters performed "Hurting Each Other" on many live concerts, including a shortened version from the "Live in Osaka" concert in 1974.Fact|date=September 2008 the song was included on the 1972 album 'A Song For You' - see|date=September 2008


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