About Denny Zager

Denny Zager is part of the legendary recording duo "Zager & Evans" who wrote In The Year 2525,” the #1 song of 1969 and the biggest one-hit wonder of any artist at any time in recording history selling over 20 million records world wide.

You may have seen Denny featured in Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, and The New Yorker. Denny has been asked to make numerous television appearances including The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dick Cavett Show, Top Of The Pops, The Music Scene with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and he was also one of the few musicians asked to play at Woodstock in 1969 with Jimmy Hendrix, Santana, and The Grateful Dead.
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In 1969 2525 sold 2,000,000.

The first real, honest-to-God rags-to-riches story of 1969


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Zager and Evans - 2525 Biggest one-hit-wonder in history Denny Zager and Rick Evans - In the Year 2525
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In the Year 2525 Record Zager and Evans Record In the Year 2525 Record
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"In the Year 2525" is a hit in the year 1969

Futuristic Nostalgia

In the year 2525, if man is still alive.
If woman can survive, they may find
In the year 3535 ain't gonna need
To tell the truth, tell no lies.
Everything you think, do and say,
Is in the pill you took today. . .

As the song goes on, machines are doing all of man's work for him by 5555, artificial insemination is common-place by 6565, and a thousand years later God is thinking maybe its time for Judgement Day.

This futuristic ballad sounds as though it were composed by a computer at the Rand Corp, but In the Year 2525 is the product of two country-pickin' guitarists from Lincoln, Neb., Denny Zager and Rick Evans, who a year ago were thinking about the future mostly in terms of the source of their next meal. Only last November, Zager, 25 and Evans, 26, were working as a duo, trying their best to please the regular customers in a Lincoln motel lounge. With a borrowed $500 they recorded 2525, which has a simple and schmaltzy tune and a chugging, nostalgic instrumental backup right out of the early 1950's. They released the record on their own label (Truth), gave a copy to some friendly disk jockeys in Lincoln, then watched it take off as a regional hit (11,000 copies sold).

Buoyed by their success, the boys sent copies to all the major record companies in New York and found a quick buyer in RCA. The company quickly put its considerable promotional weight behind 2525 and accomplished a feat that would have made even the Beatles jealous; last week less than two months after its national release, the single had sold more than a million copies and had zoomed to first place on the Billboard hot 100 chart. At the same time, RCA issued an LP combining 2525 with nine of Rick's other songs (no protest stuff, just reminiscences about love and other "Now subjects"). Everybody connected with the album was confident that it would do just as well as 2525. Especially Rick. "Nearly every song is profound," he said unflinchingly.

Time Magazine In The Year 2525
Time Magazine, July 1969
Zager and Evans In the Year 2525
Zager and Evans recording
"The Beatles would be jealous."


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