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Zager & Evans
Date Born/Group Began: 1968 (I B Emerson) 
Date Died/Group Ended:
Also Known As:
Dave Trupp (I B Emerson)
Denny Zager (I B Emerson)
Mark Dalton (I B Emerson)
Rick Evans (I B Emerson)
Zager and Evans were a Lincoln, Nebraska rock-pop duo of the late 1960s and early 1970s named after its two members, Denny Zager and Rick Evans, who met at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Artists Dave Trupp and Mark Dalton backed up the duo.

Zager and Evans are best known for their immensely popular "In the Year 2525", written by Rick Evans. The song warned of the dangers of technology, portraying a future in which the human race would at length be destroyed by its own technological and medical innovations and Divine wrath. The last stanza of the song intimates a continuing cycle of birth, death and rebirth of mankind.

The band signed with RCA records, who claimed they were "The Next Big Thing", but follow-up singles, such as "Mr. Turnkey" (a song about a rapist who nails his own wrist to the jail wall as punishment for his crime) achieved only minor success. "In The Year 2525" was their last top 40 song.

Denny Zager and Rick Evans no longer perform as a duo, but they both remain in the music business and remain friends.
Denny Zager now builds custom guitars.
(I B Emerson)
  • Mark Dalton (bass) has played in Seattle blues bands for a number of years. A fellow bluesman chatted with Mark about his days in Zager and Evans, and Mark said that when "In The Year 2525" was topping the Hot 100 in 1969, he thought "Damn! I'm playing on the #1 record in the country, and I've got a cardboard box for an end table!" (Bewot)
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