Music for Monday (Bicentennial Week): Starland Vocal Band, ‘Afternoon Delight’ (1976)

'The thought of rubbin' you is gettin' so exciting...' (Starland Vocal Band, 1976)

‘The thought of rubbin’ you is gettin’ so exciting…’ (Starland Vocal Band, 1976)

Since I recently posted the #1 tune for this week in July, 1976 (Wings’ “Silly Love Songs”) – here’s the song that replaced it at the top the following week. Starland Vocal Band and “Afternoon Delight.”

The Starland Vocal band was discovered by John Denver and “Afternoon Delight” was so successful the band was given their own summer variety TV show which ran for six weeks in ’77. David Letterman was a writer and performer on the series. They also won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and Best Arrangement for Voices.

Here’s the band performing on the Grammy Awards show and below it, Denver introducing the group on The Merv Griffin Show. Whew. That’s a lot of “Afternoon Delight”!

Starland Vocal Band, ‘Afternoon Delight,’ ‘Grammy Awards’ Performance,’ Feb. 1977

Starland Vocal Band, ‘Afternoon Delight,’ ‘The Merv Griffin Show,’ Feb. 1976

Previously on Music for Monday: Donny & Marie Osmond, ‘I’m Leaving It (All) Up To You’ (1974)

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