that beautiful season
Filled was the air
with a dreamy
and magical light;
and the landscape
lay as if new created
in all the freshness
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It was the summer of 1976. And this melodious little tune with the suggestive lyrics was playing on the radio. “Afternoon Delight.” A song everyone remembers by a band (Starland Vocal Band) everyone quickly forgot.
Like the heat, uncharacteristically hot that summer, Afternoon Delight soared to number one on July 10. Written by Bill Danoff, the title was rumored to have come from a spicy (translation: risqué) menu item of the same name at Clyde’s restaurant in Georgetown. Maybe you’ve been there. Maybe you had a little afternoon delight of your own.
Video Emcee: Everyone’s favorite teen idol of the 70′s, David Cassidy aka: Keith Partridge.
Photographer Inge Morath, sunbathes by a swimming pool next to the sea in Acapulco. (Photo: Slim Aarons)