Zager & Evans were a folk rock duo from Lincoln, Nebraska consisting of Denny Zager and Rick Evans (ca. 1943 - ca. February 2018) that became famous during the late 1960s. They are best known for the era-defining and apocalyptic 1969 smash, "In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)."
Denny Zager and Rick Evans, who both sang and played the guitar, began performing together in 1962 along with other backing musicians in the Lincoln area. The song for which they became famous as a duo, "In The Year 2525," was originally written by Evans in 1964 but not recorded until 1968 on Truth Records in Odessa, Texas, with instrumental backing provided by Mark Dalton (bass), Dave Trupp (drums), and members of the Odessa Symphony. After this song became a hit locally, it was picked up by RCA for national release.
Zager & Evans made their national debut in the summer of 1969 with "In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)," which topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts where it remained at #1 for six weeks. This blockbuster hit also topped the charts in the U.K., Canada, and several other countries worldwide and went gold, eventually selling over 10 million copies. The duo followed up soon after with their debut album, "2525 (Exordium & Terminus)" (1969), which reached #30 on the Billboard 200. "In The Year 2525" was followed on the Pop/Rock charts by "Mr. Turnkey" (1969), "Listen To The People" (1969), and "Help One Man Today" (1970), which all became minor hits.
Zager & Evans were invited to play Woodstock and perform on "American Bandstand," but these appearances were canceled after Evans was injured by a drunk driver in a car crash. The duo released three more albums, "The Early Writings Of Zager & Evans And Others" (1969), "Zager & Evans" (1970), and "Food For The Mind" (1971), before finally disbanding in 1971.
- For more info about Denny Zager and his current projects, visit zagerguitar.com.
- The Lincoln Journal Star remembers Rick Evans and backing drummer Dave Trupp.
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Zager And Evans
- In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) 1969
(This apocalyptic song topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts.)
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