Starland Vocal Band

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Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band 1977.JPG
Starland Vocal Band : June 1977
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., USA
GenresPop, folk rock, country, soft rock
Years active1976–1981
LabelsRCA Records, Windsong Records
Associated actsJohn Denver
Past membersBill Danoff
Taffy Nivert
Jon Carroll
Margot Chapman
 
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Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band 1977.JPG
Starland Vocal Band : June 1977
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., USA
GenresPop, folk rock, country, soft rock
Years active1976–1981
LabelsRCA Records, Windsong Records
Associated actsJohn Denver
Past membersBill Danoff
Taffy Nivert
Jon Carroll
Margot Chapman

Starland Vocal Band was an American pop band, known primarily for "Afternoon Delight", one of the biggest-selling singles in 1976.

Career[edit]

The group began as Fat City, a husband/wife duo of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert.

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 70s, Starland Vocal Band was formed and subsequently signed to Denver's label Windsong Records.

Starland Vocal Band was also composed of Jon Carroll (keyboards, vocals) and Margot Chapman (vocals).[1] Carroll and Chapman were also 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 #1 hit and the album also charted. The group was nominated for four Grammy Awards and won two—Best Arrangement for Voices and Best New Artist. 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). In 2010 Billboard named "Afternoon Delight" the 20th sexiest song of all time.[2]

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 also a writer for the series.

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".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
US
1976Starland Vocal Band
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: Windsong
20
1977Rear View Mirror
  • Release date: April 15, 1977
  • Label: Windsong
104
1978Late Nite Radio
  • Release date: March 1978
  • Label: Windsong
19804 X 4
  • Release date: March 11, 1980
  • Label: Windsong
1980Christmas at Home
  • Release date: November 25, 1980
  • Label: Breaker Records

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
USCANCAN AC
1976"Afternoon Delight"116Starland Vocal Band
"California Day"6622
1977"Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!"7192
"Liberated Woman"Rear View Mirror
"The Light of My Life"36
1978"Mr. Wrong"33
"Love, I Thought I Would Never Find Love"Late Nite Radio
1979"Loving You with My Eyes"71264 X 4

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Band won two award from five nominations.

YearRecipientAwardResult
1977Starland Vocal BandBest New ArtistWon
"Afternoon Delight"Record of the YearNominated
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsNominated
Best Arrangement for Voices (duo, group or chorus)Won

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Natalie Cole
Grammy Award for Best New Artist
1977
Succeeded by
Debby Boone