Billboard #1 Hit: #399: “Afternoon Delight- July 10, 1976. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Afternoon Delight”- Starland Vocal Band
  • Record Company-Windsong
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Bill Danoff
  • Time: 3:16
  • B-side:”Starland”
  • Album- Starland Vocal Band
  • Grade: F
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #18 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada.

This was one of those nauseatingly bad songs which in the summer of 1976 you couldn’t avoid even if you tried. I was still a few months away from becoming a music fanatic when this song hit so I wasn’t a regular radio listener but it seems like I heard it a million times. This is the kind of crap that would have been even below The Captain and Tennille. Bill Danoff who wrote the song was one of the writers of “Take Me Home, Country Roads”- which was a big John Denver hit in the era. It’s hard to believe looking back but this one hit- propelled CBS into giving the group a summer television series that summer. Even with all the star making machinery behind them- Starland Vocal Band -were a one hit wonder- no other single of theirs got near the Top 40- and they were soon forgotten- leaving behind one of the worst #1 hit singles ever. They won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist- beating among others Boston. I am not a big Boston fan but come on how did they beat Boston for that Granny Award?


    • The woman in the group went by the name -Taffy… not to knock anyone else who would be called Taffy- but that just fits this group perfectly.

  1. I think every seventies based movie uses this song…I agree with Rick above.

    “even below The Captain and Tennille”…that says it all!

  2. A fine song about NASA launches, I presume, LOL. At least it gave one of the funny moments of ‘Arrested Development” when Michael and his niece Maeby sing it at a talent contest without really noticing the lyrics.

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