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Fat City - Welcome to Fat City (1972)
The vinyl sounds good. I've had the other Fat City album for decades. I happened upon this one the other day. It in very nice shape. These guys went on to a lot more success writing for John Denver but there are some enjoyable songs on this record - including the future hit, I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado.
01 NOBODY CAN TAKE MY DREAMS FROM ME.mp3
02 READJUSTMENT BLUES.mp3
03 FALLIN ' IN A DEEP HOLE.mp3
04 THE JESUS SAYS HELLO TANGO.mp3
05 MORNING GO AWAY.mp3
06 WORKINGMAN'S DAY.mp3
07 O SAY CAN YOU SEE.mp3
08 I GUESS HE'D RATHER BE IN COLORADO.mp3
09 NOT WHAT WE PROMISED TO BE.mp3
10 BABY WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU.mp3
11 FAT CITY HIGH SCHOOL FIGHT SONG.mp3
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Mary Catherine "Taffy" Nivert Danoff (born October 25, 1944, Washington, D.C.) is an American songwriter and singer. She is best known for being a member of the Starland Vocal Band.
Mary Catherine Nivert was born 25 October 1944. She received her nickname Taffy from her elder brother, who — being unable to pronounce her middle name as a young child — would call her Mary Tafferine. Nivert began singing along with the radio in high school. She was discovered by a bartender in Georgetown after he heard her singing to a jukebox. The bartender asked if she wanted to join a vocal group, and through this she met her future husband Bill Danoff.
Nivert began performing with Danoff as Fat City in the late 1960s. Initially a folk duo, the two later married and recorded four albums, the latter two credited to Bill & Taffy.
In 1970, while traveling to Taffy's family reunion, Bill began writing what would become "Take Me Home, Country Roads". The couple planned to complete the song and sell it to Johnny Cash. However, when Fat City opened for John Denver at The Cellar Door in December 1970, they decided to show it to him. Denver, who had injured his thumb in a car crash hours before, arrived at Bill and Taffy's apartment in the early hours of the morning, where Bill, Taffy, and Denver finished the song. The next night, they performed the completed song, with Taffy holding the lyric sheet, and it went on to become a hit song for Denver on RCA Victor in early 1971, and included on his album Poems, Prayers, and Promises, along with "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado", which Bill and Taffy also wrote. Additionally, Bill and Taffy sang backup on four of the album's tracks.
Bill and Taffy Danoff married in 1972. In 1976, the Danoffs paired with Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman to form the Starland Vocal Band. Signed to John Denver's record labelWindsong Records, they were most famous for the hit song "Afternoon Delight". The group released several albums before breaking up in 1981. Bill and Taffy later divorced.
Nivert lived in Washington, D.C. until 2011, where she occasionally performed with Bill Danoff and the rest of the Starland Vocal Band. She then moved to Safety Harbor, Florida
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William T. "Bill" Danoff is an American songwriter and singer. His best-known song is "Afternoon Delight", which he wrote and performed as a member of the Starland Vocal Band. As a songwriter, he also wrote or co-wrote hits for John Denver (notably "Take Me Home, Country Roads")
Bill Danoff's career began in high school in Springfield when he helped form a group called the Reflections. They were very successful in competing at local band contests. Members of the original Reflections included Don "Skippy" Parent, Ricky Rydell, Jimmy Blanchard and another member who was the drummer. They recorded several 45's during their time together and were very popular throughout the Northeast.
On the strength of their track record as songwriters, Danoff and Nivert recorded several albums before forming the Starland Vocal Band with local musicians Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman. The group recorded "Afternoon Delight" which became a hit in July 1976, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 on July 10th. The Starland Vocal Band Show replaced Rhoda with a half-hour weekly series that same summer. Danoff and Nivert also worked with director Robert Altman and producer Jerry Weintraub on the film Nashville, doing research with screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury
Danoff and his then-wife, Taffy Nivert wrote "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads," both of which were hits for John Denver. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is an official state song of West Virginia. Danoff has stated he had never been in West Virginia before co-writing the song, having written it in a house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. He had even briefly considered using "Massachusetts" rather than "West Virginia", as both four-syllable state names would have fit the song's meter. Denver recorded about a dozen Danoff compositions from 1972 through the end of his career.
Danoff also worked with Emmylou Harris co-authoring "Boulder to Birmingham" (one of Harris' better-known compositions) with her. This track was recorded by The Walker Brothers in 1975 and The Hollies in 1976, and became a Top 10 hit in New Zealand. In 1982, Danoff and fellow Starland Vocal Band member Jon Carroll wrote "Who Knows How To Make Love Stay", a Top 40 Canadian hit for Doug and the Slugs.
Danoff taught a songwriters course in 2007 and a music industry seminar (with Walter Egan) in 2008 at his alma mater Georgetown University.