Starland Vocal Band
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 and became an official West Virginia song. The duo recorded two albums as Fat City, and two more as Bill & Taffy (Welcome to Fat City/Pass It On) all released from 1969-1974. In the mid 1970s, Starland Vocal Band was formed and subsequently signed to Denver's label Windsong Records.
The album Pass It On, included such songs as "Do You Believe", "Didn't I Try", satirical "At Least We're Not Invading China" and "The Fat City High School Fight Song" and a tribute to The Everly Brothers, "Hey Loretta".
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".
|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.
|Year||A/B-side songs||Catalog #
|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 nominationsEdit
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|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|
- "Fat City - At Least We're Not Invading China". Paste. August 29, 1972.
- "House Concurrent Resolution No. 40". West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
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- billboard.com - the 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time
- Jeffrey Rosenfield (February 7, 2013). "Grammy Winner Taffy Nivert Settles In Safety Harbor". Patch Media. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
- "Schwann Spectrum". Stereophile. 7 (1): 137. 1995.