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Afternoon Delight

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"Afternoon Delight"
Single by Starland Vocal Band
from the album Starland Vocal Band
ReleasedApril 1976
RecordedNovember 1975
  • Windsong (US)
  • Windlands International (UK & Canada)
Songwriter(s)Bill Danoff[3]
Producer(s)Milt Okun
Starland Vocal Band singles chronology
"Afternoon Delight"
"California Day"
Music video
"Afternoon Delight" on YouTube

"Afternoon Delight" is a song recorded by Starland Vocal Band. It was written by band member Bill Danoff. In the US, it became a #1 single on July 10, 1976,[4] and earned a gold record.

Background and writing


The title came from the happy hour menu at Clyde's restaurant in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.,[4] where Bill Danoff was eating with fellow bandmember Margot Chapman, while his then-wife Taffy Danoff was undergoing surgery for cervical cancer.[5] Danoff downplayed the lyrics: "I didn't want to write an all-out sex song ... I just wanted to write something that was fun and hinted at sex."[4]

Cover versions


Concurrent with the Starland Vocal Band version, country singer Johnny Carver's cover went Top 10 on Billboard Hot Country Singles.[citation needed]

In the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the song is sung by the news crew in choir and referenced multiple times and came with a music video in the bonus disc.[citation needed]

In 2011, the song was covered by Glee cast and the actor John Stamos for season 2 episode 15 "Sexy" of the musical television series Glee. This version was included in the UK version of the album Glee: The Music, Volume 5 instead of with the cover of "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" by Gary Glitter (from the same episode).

Critical reaction


At the 19th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1977, "Afternoon Delight" received three nominations for recordings from 1976. It won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement for Voices[6] and was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year.

In 2010, Billboard named "Afternoon Delight" the 20th sexiest song of all time.[7]

Chart performance


Johnny Carver version

Chart (1976) Peak
US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 16

See also



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  3. ^ "secondhandsongs.com". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Bronson, Fred (2003). "Afternoon Delight". The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits (5th ed.). Billboard Books. p. 438. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6.
  5. ^ "Grammy Winner Taffy Nivert Settles In Safety Harbor - Safety Harbor, FL Patch". Patch.com. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  6. ^ "The Grammys : Starland Vocal Band : Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  7. ^ "The 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time Page 4". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 291. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ a b "National Top 100 Singles for 1976". Kent Music Report. December 27, 1976. Retrieved January 15, 2022 – via Imgur.
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  16. ^ "Starland Vocal Band Chart History (Easy Listening)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Starland Vocal Band Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ Australian-charts.com Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 2016-03-19. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  20. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart".
  21. ^ "Old-Charts". Old-Charts. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  23. ^ Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1976
  24. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1976". Cashbox Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  25. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.