The song was also covered by Curtis Mayfield among many others. "Times of Your Life", written with Lane and performed by Paul Anka, had reached number one on the Adult Contemporary chart (3–10 January 1976). Another Nichols-Williams song, "Out in the Country" by Three Dog Night and later by R.E.M., landed in the Top Ten. Six months later, "Rainy Days and Mondays" was another gold record by The Carpenters and Nichols' third gold record in a single year. Other hits were The Carpenters' "I Won't Last a Day Without You", Art Garfunkel'"Travelin' Boy" (covered by Rumer) and "I Never Had It So Good" (covered by Barbra Streisand). He also scored the theme song from Hart to Hart with a lyric by Lane. Nichols released a Japan-only CD in 1995 called "Roger Nichols and a Circle of Friends -- Be Gentle With My Heart", featuring vocalist Sheila O'Connell-Roussell, on which he recorded some of his best-known tunes, including "We've Only Just Begun", "I Won't Last a Day Without You", and "Rainy Days and Mondays" (which features Paul Williams on guest vocal). He also released a CD in 2007 with the original Small Circle of Friends called "Full Circle" which brought together the group to cover many of Nichols hits for other bands, including "Out in the Country" and "Let Me Be the One" as well as other tunes penned during Roger's late-1960s heyday. 2008 saw an upgraded release of "Full Circle" issued by Steve Stanley's Now Sounds label.
This version also contains 5 previously-unreleased, 1960s-era demo recordings. In addition to his extensive musical career, Nichols also is a successful jeweler. Roger's brother, Ted Nichols, was also a noted composer who briefly served as musical director for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studio. Discography Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends (1968) Roger Nichols and a Circle of Friends—Be Gentle With My Heart (1995) Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends—Full Circle (2007) Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends—Full Circle (2008; Now Sounds edition with 5 extra tracks) Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends - My Heart is Home (2012) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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