Tuesday Night Music Byte
Starland Vocal Band was an American pop band, known primarily for “Afternoon Delight”, one of the biggest-selling singles in 1976.
The group began as ‘Fat City’, a husband/wife duo of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert. The band was also composed of Jon Carroll (keyboards and vocals) and Margot Chapman (vocals). Carroll and Chapman were also married after meeting as members of the group, but later divorced. They had one son, Ben Carroll, who is also a musician.
Their debut album was the self-titled Starland Vocal Band, which included “Afternoon Delight”. The song was a #1 hit and the album also charted. They were nominated for five Grammy Awards and won two — Best arrangement (voices) and Best New Act (beating out Boston somehow). The follow-up album Rear View Mirror was a failure in comparison, although it was a minor chart entry, spending 13 weeks on the Billboard 200 (reaching a peak of #104).
The band hosted a self-titled variety show that ran on CBS for six weeks in the summer of 1977. David Letterman, then unknown, also participated in the show, as did Mark Russell, Jeff Altman, and Proctor and Bergman.
The band broke up in 1981, unable to match their previous success. Danoff and Nivert divorced shortly afterwards. 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”.
Danoff and Nivert co-wrote the hit song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with John Denver. Denver subsequently signed them to his label, Windsong Records.
Please enjoy this video clip of The Starland Vocal Band performing their one hit, “Afternoon Delight”.