Starland Vocal Band
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|Starland Vocal Band|
Starland Vocal Band : June 1977
|Origin||Washington, D.C., US|
|Genres||Pop, folk rock, country, soft rock|
|Labels||RCA, Windsong Records|
|Associated acts||John Denver|
|Past members||Bill Danoff|
Danoff and Nivert co-wrote the song "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado" and then, with John Denver, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" which became a hit single in 1971. The duo recorded two albums as Fat City, and two more as Bill & Taffy, all released from 1969-1974. In the mid 1970s, Starland Vocal Band was formed and subsequently signed to Denver's label Windsong Records.
Starland Vocal Band was also composed of Jon Carroll (keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Margot Chapman (vocals). Carroll and Chapman married after meeting as members of the group, but later divorced. Their son Ben Carroll is also a musician.
The group's debut album was the self-titled Starland Vocal Band and included "Afternoon Delight". The song was a US #1 hit and the album also charted. They were nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1977 and won two: Best Arrangement for Voices and Best New Artist. The song also reached #18 in the UK. The follow-up album, Rear View Mirror, did not fare as well, with 13 weeks on the Billboard 200 and a peak of #104.
The band hosted a variety show, The Starland Vocal Band Show, that ran on CBS for six weeks in the summer of 1977. David Letterman was a writer and regular on the show, which also featured Mark Russell, Jeff Altman, and Proctor and Bergman. April Kelly was a writer for the series.
The band broke up in 1981, unable to match their previous success. Danoff and Nivert divorced shortly afterward. Each of the band members went on to a solo career.
In 1998 the Starland Vocal Band reunited for a few concerts, often featuring the children of the four original members as vocalists. In 2007, they appeared on a 1970s special on the New Jersey Network (NJN), singing "Afternoon Delight".
In 2010 Billboard named "Afternoon Delight" the 20th sexiest song of all time.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart|
|1976||Starland Vocal Band
|1977||Rear View Mirror
|1978||Late Nite Radio
|1980||4 X 4
|1980||Christmas at Home
A CD compilation album, Afternoon Delight: The Best of the Starland Vocal Band, was released in 1995 by K-tel. Also in 1995, Collectables released Afternoon Delight: A Golden Classics Edition which included all tracks from the first two albums.
|Peak chart positions||Album|
|1976||"Afternoon Delight" / "Starland"||10588||1||1||6||Starland Vocal Band|
|"California Day" / "War Surplus Baby"||10785||66||—||22|
|"Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!" / "Ain't It The Fall"||10855||71||92||—|
|1977||"Afternoon Delight" / "California Day"||10943||—||—||—|
|"Liberated Woman" / "Fallin' In A Deep Hole"||10992||—||—||—||Rear View Mirror|
|"The Light of My Life" / "Prism"||11067||—||—||36|
|"Mr. Wrong" / Too Long A Journey"||11168||—||—||33|
|1978||"Late Nite Radio" / "Please Ms. Newslady"||11261||—||—||—||Late Nite Radio|
|1980||"Loving You with My Eyes" / "Apartment For Rent"||11899||71||—||26||4 X 4|
|"(Love) Thought I Would Never Find Love" / "Love Stuff"||12011||—||—||—|
Awards and nominations
|1977||Starland Vocal Band||Best New Artist||Won|
|"Afternoon Delight"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals||Nominated|
|Best Arrangement for Voices (duo, group or chorus)||Won|
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- The March 8, 2011 episode of Glee featured "Afternoon Delight".
- In The Simpsons episode "'Round Springfield", Homer Simpson suggests that Lisa get a tattoo of Bleeding Gums Murphy (who died after Lisa performed "Stars and Stripes Forever" at school) just like he did with Starland Vocal Band (to which Homer realizes his mistake and says that the band sucked); another Simpsons episode ("The Fat and the Furriest") had Lenny, Carl, and Bart dance to and sing "Afternoon Delight" as Homer is attacked by a bear.
- In the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, the main character Will Hunting is forced to visit a hypnotherapist; he pretends to be under hypnosis by telling a youthly trauma, soon converts his story into the lyrics of "Afternoon Delight", and finishes by singing it, showing he was pretending to be hypnotized; the song is played over the closing credits.
- In the movie PCU, Jeremy Piven's character selects the Starland Vocal Band's CD from a group and puts it into the player on repeat and then locks the entertainment center forcing the party goers to hear it over and over again.
- An episode of Arrested Development involves two different references to "Afternoon Delight": one involved a mixup between a playful term for sex and marijuana; the other was an awkward rendition of the song between relatives Maeby and Michael Bluth and afterwards a duet by George Michael Bluth and Lindsay Bluth.
- A Sports Night episode refers to Starland Vocal Band winning a Best New Artist award for 1978, beating out Elvis Costello; however, the year they won was 1977 and they did not compete against Costello—the other nominees were Boston, The Brothers Johnson, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, and Wild Cherry.
- In the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a scene in Ron's office with Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and Champ Kind (David Koechner), where Ron explains the concept of love by breaking out into a rendition of "Afternoon Delight".