1973 King Harvest – Dancing In The Moonlight

1973 King Harvest – Dancing In The Moonlight

Ron Altbach, Rod Novak, Dave “Doc” Robinson, and Ed Tuleja attended college at Cornell University in New York. They all moved to Paris and formed a band in 1970.

Sherman Kelly and his brother Wells recorded music with the band Boffalongo. Ethan and Steve Nathanson produced a single they released in 1970 that Sherman wrote, Dancing In The Moonlight. Nobody seems to have paid much attention to that release.

Wells joined King Harvest as their drummer, and he introduced the band to his brother’s song. Wells then moved back to the US before the group recorded the song. The group recruited a new drummer, and Jack Robinson produced the band’s recording of Dancing In The Moonlight.

They released the single in Paris and the UK in 1970 and toured in France and England to support the song, but they were unable to reach the charts. The group disbanded.

Perception Records bought the recording and released it worldwide. The record started climbing the charts in 1972, and the original four members of King Harvest responded by reforming and touring in the US. The single peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and #22 on the Adult Contemporary chart in early 1973.

The band recorded an album, but could not find another hit single and disbanded again.

Ron, Rod, and Ed later toured as backing musicians for the Beach Boys. Ed also played on a Dennis Wilson album; Ron and Dave became members of Mike Love’s band Celebration.

Wells became one of the founding members of the band Orleans, who had top ten hits later in the seventies with Dance With Me and Still The One.


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