Starland Vocal Band

Starland Vocal Band

Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band : June 1977
Background information
Origin Washington, D.C., USA
Genres Pop, folk rock, country, soft rock
Years active 1976–1981
Labels RCA, Windsong Records
Associated acts John Denver
Past members Bill Danoff
Taffy Danoff
Jon Carroll
Margot Chapman
Steve Waites

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


  • Career 1
  • Discography 2
    • Studio albums 2.1
    • Singles 2.2
  • Awards and nominations 3
    • Grammy Awards 3.1
  • Trivia 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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 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 USA #1 hit and the album also charted. They were nominated for four Grammy Awards 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, was a failure, 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.[2]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart
1976 Starland Vocal Band
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: Windsong
1977 Rear View Mirror
  • Release date: April 15, 1977
  • Label: Windsong
1978 Late Nite Radio
  • Release date: March 1978
  • Label: Windsong
1980 4 X 4
  • Release date: March 11, 1980
  • Label: Windsong
1980 Christmas at Home
  • Release date: November 25, 1980
  • Label: Breaker Records


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1976 "Afternoon Delight" 1 1 6 Starland Vocal Band
"California Day" 66 22
1977 "Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!" 71 92
"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" 71 26 4 X 4

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

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

Year Recipient/Nominated 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


  • 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 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


  1. ^ - AlbumsStarland Vocal
  2. ^ the 50 Sexiest Songs of All -

External links

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