Sat, 4 August 2007
I first fell for the Starland Vocal Band in the summer of 1976. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in London, and the BBC was playing "Afternoon Delight" at least a couple of times an hour.
The record has everything - vibrant harmonies, catchy tune, and a clever and well crafted lyric. I agree with every word of it. Why wait until the cold dark night if you can have it right now, in the afternoon. Plus, it's fun easily seeing the person you're making love to...
Bill Danoff wrote a classic song.
The Starland Vocal Band is often cited as a classic one-hit wonder. Although Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert Danoff (half of the Starlight Vocal Band) had earlier written "Take Me Home, Country Roads" with John Denver, and often performed with him, nothing much happened with the Band after "Afternoon Delight".
Doesn't matter. Bill and Taffy and Margot Chapman and Jon Carroll made a record which, although it's only one, can stand up to the best of the Mamas and Papas and the other great harmony groups.
Why I am a writing about them now? I just came across their page of MySpace, and put in them in my Top Friends - which, in a way, they've been for years...
One other thing ... I just noticed - I may have already known but forgot - that the Starlight Vocal Band's second album is titled Rear View Mirror.
Like Light On Light Through, Rear View Mirror is a phrase that Marshall McLuhan loved to use...
at the 1977 Grammy Awards... (The Starlight Vocal Band won a Grammy for the Best New Artist of 1976) ...
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT