Rick Evans
Rick Evans is a chart-topping American
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 singer and guitarist
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From 1962 he played with the Eccentrics, a group which also included Denny Zager
Denny Zager
Denny Zager was a member of the duo, Zager and Evans. The group is most famous for the number 1 single, "In the Year 2525," released in 1969....

. The group split in 1965. By 1968 Evans and Zager worked as a duo
Duet (music)
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 together and had a number one hit with "In the Year 2525
In the Year 2525
"In the Year 2525 " is a hit song from 1969 by American pop-rock duo Zager and Evans. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks commencing July 12, 1969. The song was written by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label in 1968...

," written
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 by Evans, allegedly in half an hour, and produced
Record producer
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 by them both. While "2525" was enjoying its high success, Billboard magazine ran an article that indicated Zager and Evans
Zager and Evans
Zager & 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. Fellow Nebraska artists Dave Trupp and Mark Dalton backed up the duo on drums and bass respectively...

 were heading for huge success in the music business and even compared them to The Beatles
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Nonetheless, despite several further releases, none of these reached the Top 40 in either the U.S.
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 or the UK
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. The duo duly split up.

Evans went on to a solo career and continued to perform and write songs.

Evans is an alumnus of Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational university located in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was founded in 1887 by Nebraska Methodists. As of 2007, it has 1,600 full-time students and 300 faculty and staff. The school teaches in the tradition of a liberal arts college education....

 where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Kappa Tau
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