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Starland Vocal Band

Starland Vocal Band dominated American airwaves during the Bicentennial summer of 1976 with their quintessential soft rock chart-topper "Afternoon Delight." The group emerged from the Washington, D.C., folk scene of the late '60s, its roots dating back to the formation of the acoustic duo Fat City, comprised of future husband and wife Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert. Together the couple wrote a song titled "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado," which was recorded by John Denver and Mary Travers; with Denver, they also penned the smash "Take Me Home, Country Roads." In 1969 Fat City recorded their debut LP, Reincarnation; after 1971's Welcome to Fat City the duo began working as simply Bill & Taffy, regularly opening for Denver on tour.

On Bill & Taffy's second album, 1974's Aces, the duo enlisted 18-year-old singer and pianist Jon Carroll; the couple was so impressed by Carroll's performance they decided to form a new group, adding the youngster as well as vocalist Margot Chapman to become the Starland Vocal Band. They soon signed to Denver's Windsong label and in 1976 issued their self-titled debut LP, with the lead single "Afternoon Delight" quickly reaching the top of the charts on its way to helping earn them five Grammy nominations. (They won two, including Best New Artist.) "Afternoon Delight" was so enormously popular that the group even landed its own short-lived CBS variety series, The Starland Vocal Band Show, which featured a then-unknown David Letterman.

The second Starland Vocal Band album, Rear View Mirror, followed in 1977, but failed to match the success of its predecessor; Late Nite Radio, issued a year later, also fared poorly by comparison, and after scoring one last minor chart entry with the single "Loving You with My Eyes," the group disbanded in the wake of its fourth and final LP, 1980's 4 x 4. The Danoffs divorced in the wake of Starland Vocal Band's demise; Carroll and Chapman, who had also married at the peak of the group's success, later split up as well. All four members of the group later went on to mount solo careers, though never again recapturing the success of "Afternoon Delight." ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Need some afternoon delight n then some...
So sad that this group didn't stay together. The harmony is fabulous and I too was a teen ager when Afternoon Delight came out. Brings me back. The TV show they attempted was cheezy but the music was great!
gbonnin5
Love this simple tune....boun c y , cheerful.... c o m e on, you got to sing with it...dont be shy
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C'mon Barry, you have to admit that 'Afternoon Delight' was a bit schmaltsy. Even for 1976.
This is beautiful music. Why are some people so closed-minde d and mean-spirite d ? What's the value in that? I wish this group would get back together, despite two marriages and divorces. Show us it can be done!
A note to Zesty and Steve20828: A young musician was playing with the legendary Miles Davis and in between sets the musician asked Miles how does he do it. How does he play so few notes and say so much with his solos? How does he know when to stop. Miles replied, "I take the horn from my mouth!" So, if you don't like SVB, "take the horn from your mouth" (i.e., don't stop at this site)!
steve20828
I just threw up in my mouth. Thanks Pandora!
deatheater11 1 5
awe i love afternoon delight
Their recording of Paul Simon's "American Tune" is simply stunning. An amazing record.
yhyndra
This is my favorite song of all time. I was working at Glorieta Conference Center in Sante Fe and I would hear it driving around. I love it.
How can you NOT smile at this song? Although I've gotta admit that I heard the song a couple of times before I realized what they were singing about :-) And I sure as hell didn't know they helped write one of John's greatest hits. Long live one of the best of the bad bands.
arf
One of the most memorable songs of my teenage years. I smile each time I hear Afternoon Delight, remembering that time in my life. Great lyrics, great music..wish the group had done more...but they'll forever be know for this one huge contribution . . .
Surprising refreshing voice...afte r n o o n delight didn't give them credit like they deserved. great sound.

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