The Carpenters…Space Encounters (1978)
Starring: Richard & Karen Carpenter
Guest Starring: John Davidson, Suzanne Somers, & Charlie Callas
“People are people: some are from outer space, and some are spaced out.” -Karen Carpenter
Synopsis from Wikipedia:
Space Encounters begins with Richard and Karen Carpenter performing “Sweet, Sweet Smile” in their recording studio, assisted by Charlie Callas. As they are performing, we see that they are being observed by the occupants of an alien spaceship (John Davidson and Suzanne Somers) who are on their way to Earth to meet The Carpenters. After Richard and Karen finish the song, the lights in the studio begin to flicker uncontrollably and musical instruments begin to move and play by themselves. At that moment, John teleports down to the studio and tells Richard and Karen how the people from his planet lack the ability to make music and he requests their help.
A fantastical musical drama ensues. I highly recommend watching all 8 parts. You get to see The Carpenters perform covers such as “Fun, Fun, Fun” by the Beach Boys, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas, and even a duet with Karen Carpenter and Suzanne Somers about who is smarter: men or women! And of course the grand finale is the Carpenters version of “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” originally recorded by Klaatu, a Canadian progressive rock group formed in 1973 who named themselves after the extraterrestrial Klaatu portrayed by Michael Rennie in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. There is nothing not awesome about this ABC Carpenters Special.
Oh, and it was all for World Contact Day, now dubbed World UFO Day, which is a day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. Originally, this day was June 24th of each year, but the World UFO Day Organization declared July 2nd to be the official World UFO day. Looking forward to it!