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Encyclopedia > America (band)
America
Origin London
Genre(s) Folk rock
Years active 1970 – present
Label(s) Warner Bros., Capitol, Rhino, American Gramaphone, Oxygen Records, Burgundy
Website Official Website
Members
Gerry Beckley
Dewey Bunnell
Willie Leacox
Michael Woods
Richard Campbell
Former members
Dan Peek
Joe Osborn
Hal Blaine
David Dickey
Jim Calire
Tom Walsh
Tony Garofolo
Brad Palmer

America is an English-American folk rock band, originally composed of members Kevin Townsend, Gerry Beckley, Dewey Buns, and Dan Peek. The three members were barely past their teenage years when they became an overnight musical sensation in 1972; they reached a peak in popularity in the early to mid 1970s and early 1980s. Among the band's best known songs are "A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair" (both of which reached Number 1), "Ventura Highway," and "Tin Man". The word America has several meanings: Geographical and political The Americas: North, Central, and South America. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Warner Bros. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... American Gramaphone is an American record company, and was founded in 1984 by Chip Davis. ... Burgundy Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History In January 2006 the Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group (SMG) announced the launch of its new record label, Burgundy Records. ... Gerry Beckley (born September 12, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a founding member of the rock band America. ... Dewey Bunnell (born 19 January 1951, in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England) is an Anglo-American musician, singer and songwriter, famous as a member of soft-rock band, America. ... Richard Campbell (born December 7, 1958) is a United States musician best known for his work as a bass guitarist and vocalist for Natalie Cole in the 1980s, and more recently with Three Dog Night, The Dave Mason Band, and America. ... Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ... Joe Osborn (born 1937) in Mound Louisiana, is an American electric bass virtuoso, notable for his work as a session musician in Los Angeles and Nashville during the period from the 1960s through the 1980s. ... Hal Blaine (b. ... English Americans (occasionally known as Anglo-Americans) are citizens of the United States whose ancestry originates wholly or partly in England. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Gerry Beckley (born September 12, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a founding member of the rock band America. ... Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A Horse with No Name is a song by the band America and their first single. ... Sister Golden Hair is a popular song written by Gerry Beckley and recorded by the band America for their fifth album Hearts (1975). ... Ventura Highway is a popular 1972 song by the rock group America from their album, Homecoming. ...


Although their music was frequently derided by critics, from a commercial standpoint the band's singles and albums were exceptionally successful. They were popular enough to attract the services of famed Beatles producer George Martin for a run of seven albums. The band survived the loss of one of its original members near the peak of its success only to see Beckley and Bunnell return the act to the top of charts as a duo with "You Can Do Magic" in 1982. Consistently touring for well over three decades, America still maintains a strong following and performs over 100 shows per year. On January 16, 2007, America released Here & Now, the band's first major label studio album in over twenty years. The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... You Can Do Magic is an America compilation album released in 1998. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Here & Now is the sixteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, to be released by Burgundy Records in January 2007 (see 2007 in music). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ...

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Original members

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Timeline of band

Early success (1970–1973)

Sons of American fathers and British mothers, their fathers being military personnel stationed at the United States Air Force installation at RAF West Ruislip, London, all three attended London Central High School, at Bushy Park in the mid-1960s where they met while playing in two different bands. “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... West Ruislip is a London Underground and National Rail station in Ruislip in west London. ... Ruislip (pronounced rice-lip [raɪslɪp]) is a place in the London Borough of Hillingdon, in northwest London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... London Central Elementary High School is a United States Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) in the Isles District of DoDDS Europe. ... Bushy Park in Autumn Bushy Park is the second largest of the Royal Parks of London. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ...


Peek left for the United States for an abortive attempt at college in 1969. Upon his return to the UK the following year, the three hooked up and began to collaborate on making music. Starting out with borrowed acoustic guitars, they developed a sound which incorporated three-part vocal harmony in the vein of contemporary folk-rock acts like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Crosby, Stills, & Nash (sometimes known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) is a pioneering folk rock/rock supergroup that formed out of the remnants of three 1960s bands the Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and the Hollies. ...


Eventually the trio dubbed themselves America, honoring the name of the homeland they had hardly ever seen during their many travels around the world. The liner notes to the 1975 compilation album "History- America's Greatest Hits", state the band took their name while listening to an Americana juke box. They played their first gigs in pubs and clubs in the London area, including some highlights at the Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd had been playing at the beginning of their own career. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Roundhouse was built in 1847 as a turntable engine shed for the London and Birmingham Railway at Chalk Farm (near Camden Town), in London, England. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ...

America's debut album, America, was first released in 1971 without "A Horse with No Name"
America's debut album, America, was first released in 1971 without "A Horse with No Name"

Their first LP was recorded at Trident Studios in London and produced by Ian Samwell. Samwell was best known as Cliff Richard's lead guitarist and the writer of his 1958 breakthrough hit, "Move It". Jeff Dexter, Ian's roommate and a fixture in the London music scene, co produced the album and became the trio's manager. Dexter also gave them their 1st major gig, December 20th 1970, at "Implosion" at the The Roundhouse Chalk Farm as the opening act to The Who, Elton John, Patto and The Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band & Choir for a Christmas charity event. Although the trio initially envisioned recording the album along the lines of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Samwell steered them toward perfecting their acoustic style instead. The album, simply titled America, was initially released in 1971 to only moderate success, although it took off in Holland where Dexter had taken them as a training ground to hone their stagecraft. Samwell and Dexter subsequently brought the trio to Morgan Studios to record several additional songs. One of them was a piece written by Bunnell called "Desert Song", which Dexter had made an earlier demo of during studio rehearsals in Puddletown, Dorset at the home of Arthur 'God of Hellfire' Brown. The song had its public debut at The Harrogate Festival, four days later, to great audience response. After several performances and a TV show, it was re-titled "A Horse with No Name". The song became a major worldwide hit in early 1972. America's debut album was re-released with the hit song newly added, and quickly went platinum. The album spawned a second major chart hit with Beckley's "I Need You". Other fan favorites from the album included "Sandman", "Riverside" and "Three Roses". Flush with success from their initial offering, the trio decided to dump Samwell and Dexter, and relocate to Los Angeles, California, home to such popular contemporary acts as The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt. Plans to record a follow-up album were delayed somewhat both by the move and an injury to Peek's arm. Deciding not to replace Samwell, the group opted to produce the album by themselves. The trio began their move away from a purely acoustic approach to a more rock-oriented sound with the help of Hal Blaine on drums and Joe Osborn on bass. Peek began to play lead electric guitar on more tracks. Braydens Invention. Image File history File links America_album. ... Image File history File links America_album. ... America (band) Album released in 1972. ... A Horse with No Name is a song by the band America and their first single. ... Trident Studios is a British recording facility, located at 17 St Annes Court in Londons Soho district. ... Ian Ralph Samwell (born in Lambeth, South London, January 19, 1937, died March 13, 2003, in Sacramento, California, USA) was an english musician, songwriter and producer. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... Move it was the first hit single by British pop/rock music legend Cliff Richard. ... The Roundhouse was built in 1847 as a turntable engine shed for the London and Birmingham Railway at Chalk Farm (near Camden Town), in London, England. ... For other uses, see Chalk Farm (disambiguation). ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... America (band) Album released in 1972. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Eagles are an American rock music group that originally came together in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and entertainer who has earned multiple Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, and Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. ... Hal Blaine (b. ... Joe Osborn (born 1937) in Mound Louisiana, is an American electric bass virtuoso, notable for his work as a session musician in Los Angeles and Nashville during the period from the 1960s through the 1980s. ...


America's second album, appropriately titled Homecoming, was released in November 1972. The group struck gold yet again with the Top Ten hit "Ventura Highway", penned by Bunnell and best remembered for a unique acoustic guitar riff added late in the recording process by Beckley. Follow-up singles, including Peek's Don't Cross the River and Beckley's "Only In Your Heart", were somewhat less successful, but not enough to deny the group a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1972. Homecoming is a 1973 (see 1973 in music) album by America. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ventura Highway is a popular 1972 song by the rock group America from their album, Homecoming. ... Dont Cross the River, released in 1972, was a single from Homecoming, the second album by the group America. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1960. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The group's output became increasingly ambitious. Their third offering, Hat Trick, was released in October 1973 after several months of recording at the Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles. Again self-produced, the album featured strings, harmonicas, an eight-minute title track, and tap dancing. Beckley, Bunnell, and Peek were once again joined by Blaine on drums, while Osborn was replaced by David Dickey on bass. Although the album's title hinted at the trio's commercial ambitions, the album was not as successful as Homecoming, featuring only one minor hit single, "Muskrat Love". "Muskrat," penned by Texas folk singer Willis Alan Ramsey, would later become famous as a Top Ten hit by Captain & Tennille in 1976. Hat Trick is the Third album released by America in 1973. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Record Plant Studios (also known as just The Record Plant) is a famous recording studio, first opening in New York City at 321 West 44th Street map, in 1968. ... Willis Alan Ramsey (born 1953) is an American singer/songwriter, a cult legend among fans of Americana and Texas country. ... The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved success during the 1970s with a string of bright, catchy pop songs. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The George Martin years (1974-1979)

After the disappointing commercial performance of Hat Trick, America opted to produce their next album with outside help. They were able to secure the services of perhaps the most legendary producer of the rock era, George Martin, who played a major role in shaping the sound of the Beatles during the mid- to late-1960s. As America had developed a reputation for lengthy studio sessions, Martin agreed on the condition that the group record its next album in the UK. As it turned out, Beckley, Bunnell, and Peek were so intent on impressing Martin that they came to the studio with their tracks well rehearsed, and the album was cut within a few weeks in early 1974. For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


The resulting album, Holiday, was released in June 1974. (By this time the group had consciously begun naming their albums with titles starting with the letter "H".) Under Martin's guidance, the album's sound marked a sharp break from America's first three efforts, as he embellished the trademark America sound of acoustic guitars and vocals with an abundance of strings and brass. Holiday is the fourth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Warner Bros. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


The trio soon found themselves in the Top Ten once again with the first single from Holiday, the Bunnell-penned "Tin Man", featuring cryptic lyrics set to a Wizard of Oz theme. Peek's inspirational "Lonely People" followed "Tin Man" into the Top Ten in early 1975. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) is a childrens book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Martin agreed to work with the trio again for their follow-up LP, Hearts, recorded in Sausalito, California and released in March 1975. America scored its second chart topping hit with Beckley's "Sister Golden Hair" in mid-1975, a song which featured a memorable guitar riff admittedly inspired by George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord." The follow-up single, Beckley's ballad "Daisy Jane", also nicked the Top Twenty later in 1975. Peek's reggae-influenced "Woman Tonight" was a third and final hit from the album. Hearts is the fifth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Warner Bros. ... Sausalito is a city located in Marin County, California. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sister Golden Hair is a popular song written by Gerry Beckley and recorded by the band America for their fifth album Hearts (1975). ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see My Sweet Lord (disambiguation). ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ...


Warner Bros. released a compilation of America's best-known tracks in December 1975, History: America's Greatest Hits, which itself soon went platinum. Martin, who produced the album, got the opportunity to remix tracks selected from the group's first three albums recorded prior to his stint as producer.


In early 1976, the group recorded its sixth studio album at Caribou Ranch near Nederland, CO, lending the album's title, Hideaway. Martin was again at the helm. Released in April 1976, the LP was not quite as successful as Holiday or Hearts, although it did spawn two hit singles. "Today's the Day", a Top Forty hit written by Peek, was actually inspired by the tendency of his dog to run away. "Amber Cascades" featured Bunnell's trademark opaque but evocative lyrics and unusual chord arrangements, and made a brief appearance on the charts in mid-1976. Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Caribou Ranch was a recording studio built by producer James William Guercio in 1972 in a converted barn on ranch property in the Rocky Mountains near Nederland, Colorado. ... | latitude = 39°5743 N | longitude = 105°3038 W Nederland is a scenic mountain town in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. ... Hideaway is the sixth original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Martin and the trio headed to Hawaii in late 1976 to work on the group's seventh studio album. The album was recorded in a beach house on the island of Kauai. The album, entitled Harbor, ultimately continued the trend of declining fortunes for the group. It was their first album which failed to go either platinum or gold, and for the first time, the group was unable to muster a hit single. This article is about the U.S. State. ... Kauai (Hawaiian IPA pron. ... Harbor is the seventh original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. ...


Shortly after Harbor was released in February 1977, Dan Peek left the band. Peek recently had renewed his Christian faith after years of unhappy recreational drug use and a fast lifestyle, and had begun to seek a different artistic direction than Beckley or Bunnell. Peek went on to sign with Pat Boone's Lamb & Lion Records, and issued his first solo album, All Things Are Possible, in 1978. The album, produced by Chris Christian, proved successful, and Peek found a niche as a pioneering artist in the emerging Christian pop music genre. The title track even entered the Billboard pop charts in the fall of 1979, peaking at #79. Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ... Born again is a term used originally and mainly in Christianity, where it is associated with salvation, conversion and spiritual rebirth. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational purposes rather than for work, medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... Charles Eugene Patrick Pat Boone (born June 1, 1934) is a singer whose smooth style made him a popular performer of the 1950s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


Meanwhile, Beckley and Bunnell decided to soldier on as America. They wrapped up their contract with Warner Bros. by releasing their first concert LP, Live, in October 1977. Recorded at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, the performance featured a backing orchestra conducted by Elmer Bernstein. The concert was recorded shortly after Peek left the group, making it America's first release as a duo. The album spent a brief sojourn on the pop charts. Live is the first official live album by American folk rock duo America, released by Warner Bros. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Elmer Bernstein (pronounced Bern-steen[1]) (April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an Academy and two-time Golden Globe award winning American film score composer. ...


America: the Capitol years (1979-1985)

After more than two years without new studio material, in March 1979 Beckley and Bunnell rolled out the group's new look with a cover of The Mamas & The Papas classic song, "California Dreamin'", part of the soundtrack for the movie "California Dreaming." Although the movie was a commercial flop and the soundtrack was issued on an obscure label called American Int'l, the single nonetheless made it as high as #56 on the charts. Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mamas and the Papas on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. ... California Dreamin is a song by The Mamas & the Papas, first released in 1965. ...


America's first studio album without Peek, Silent Letter, was released in June 1979 on their new label, Capitol Records. The album, once again produced by Martin, was recorded in Montserrat in the West Indies by the members of the live band, which by then had grown to include Beckley, Bunnell, bassist David Dickey, longtime drummer Willie Leacox, new lead guitarist Michael Woods, Jim Calire on keyboards and sax, and Tom Walsh on percussion. The album featured a more edgy sound than their previous material, and the group began to utilize songs from other songwriters as they sought out a winning commercial approach. Bunnell observed that Silent Letter's first single, the power-pop oriented "Only Game In Town", was prompted by the Fleetwood Mac sound then in vogue on FM radio. "Game" was unable to break into the pop charts, however, although two subsequent Beckley singles, "All My Life" and "All Around", did made inroads on the adult charts. The album itself rose no higher than #110 on the charts, leading a befuddled Bunnell to sarcastically dub the album Silent Record. Silent Letter is the eighth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in June 1979. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... West Indies redirects here. ... This article is about the band. ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ...


America continued to evolve as the 1980s began. For their next album, Alibi, released in August 1980, Beckley and Bunnell sought fresh blood in the form of producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin. They also reached out to key players from the West Coast music scene, such as the Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit, Leland Sklar and Steve Lukather, to help smooth their sound. Alibi eschewed the strings and brass of the typical Martin project in favor of a more tightly-crafted pop-rock approach. It also became the third studio album in a row without a hit single in the United States, although Beckley's "Survival" reached the top of the charts in Italy. The album's sales were less than stellar, peaking at #142. Alibi is the ninth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in 1980. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Eagles are an American rock music group that originally came together in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... Timothy Bruce Schmit (born October 30, 1947, in Oakland, California) is an American bass guitar player and singer best known as a member of Poco and the Eagles. ... Leland Lee Bruce Sklar (born May 28, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American bass player, singer and composer. ... Steve Luke Lukather (born Steven Lee Lukather on October 21, 1957 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA) is an American Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and guitar player, best known for his work with the rock band Toto. ...



America's next album, View From The Ground, released in July 1982, finally succeeded in bringing Beckley and Bunnell back to commercial success. The album, recorded under the working title Two Car Garage, featured a number of songs produced by the duo themselves. As with Alibi, Beckley and Bunnell brought in a number of talented musicians, including the Beach Boys' Carl Wilson, Toto's Jeff Porcaro, Christopher Cross and Dean Parks. But it was former Argent frontman Russ Ballard who made the biggest impact on the group's fortunes. Ballard produced and played most of the instruments on a song he crafted especially for the band, called "You Can Do Magic". The song rose quickly through the pop charts, and reached as high as #8 on the Billboard pop singles chart for a number of weeks in October 1982, the band's first major hit in seven years. Following "Magic" was the single "Right Before Your Eyes" an homage to silent movie stars better known to listeners as "Rudolph Valentino" due to its memorable refrain. Penned by Ian Thomas (brother of comedian Dave Thomas of Strange Brew fame), and produced by Bobby Colomby, the single barely missed the Top Forty in early 1983. Although View From The Ground failed to achieve gold sales, it reached as high as #41 on the album charts, a significant improvement over the previous few releases. View From The Ground is the tenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in July 1982. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... Carl Wilson on the cover of his eponymous 1981 album. ... Toto (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Grammy Award winning American rock band founded in 1976[1] by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. ... Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was a highly regarded session drummer and a founding member of the Grammy Award winning band Toto. ... Christopher Cross (born Christopher Geppert, 3 May 1951, San Antonio, Texas) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy winning, American singer-songwriter. ... Dean Parks is a musician and guitarist from Los Angeles, California. ... Argent was the name of a rock band founded in 1969 by Rod Argent after his previous band, The Zombies, broke up. ... For an Englishman who was born and still lives in the heart of the British countryside, Russ Ballad has certainly made his presence felt around the globe. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Ian Thomas may refer to: Ian W Thomas (English master of the universe) Ian Thomas, a Canadian singer-songwriter most popular in the 1970s and 1980s, Ian Thomas, an American singer-songwriter active in the 2000s, Ian Thomas, a Welsh cricket player. ... See the David Thomas disambiguation page for other people with this name. ... Strange Brew is also the title of a song by the band Cream (released on their 1967 album Disraeli Gears), and of a compilation album - Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream Strange Brew is a 1983 film starring the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie, played by Dave Thomas... Bobby Colomby was a founder and innovative jazz-rock fusion drummer of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


Having tasted success with Ballard, Beckley and Bunnell decided to have the former Argent star produce their next album, Your Move, in its entirety. In the end, Ballard wound up writing most of the songs and performing most of the instruments in addition to his production duties. For the most part Beckley and Bunnell were singers on an album that Ballard had crafted for them, although they did contribute some material of their own. On one track, Bunnell decided to rewrite Ballard's lyrics, and the hit song "The Border" was the result. Set to the backing of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the saxophone work of Raphael Ravenscroft, the single reached #33 on the charts in August 1983. "The Border" was far more successful on the adult contemporary charts, where it reached #4 (even besting "You Can Do Magic"). A second single, Ballard's "Cast The Spirit", failed to chart. The album itself, released in June 1983, was reasonably successful at #81, but something of a disappointment when compared to its predecessor. Your Move is the eleventh original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in June 1983. ... The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is an English orchestra based in London. ... Raphael Ravenscroft is a saxophone player whose performing credits include work with ABBA, America, Kim Carnes, Marvin Gaye, Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Bonnie Tyler and, most famously, Gerry Rafferty, performing the iconic saxophone solo on Baker Street. The solo has often been mistakenly attributed to broadcaster and TV... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


America's work was also featured on several soundtracks during this period. Beckley and Bunnell contributed several tracks to The Last Unicorn soundtrack in 1982. The soundtrack became popular in Germany, and the group frequently plays its title track when touring in that country. America also recorded "Love Comes Without Warning" for the 1984 Steve Martin comedy, The Lonely Guy. The Last Unicorn is the soundtrack to the film of the same name. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Steve Martin (disambiguation). ... The Lonely Guy is a 1984 Steve Martin romantic comedy sexual film, written by Neil Simon and directed by Arthur Hiller. ...


Dan Peek emerged from several years of musical obscurity in May 1984, releasing his second solo Christian album, Doer Of The Word, on Home Sweet Home Records. Once again produced by Chris Christian, the album's title track featured Beckley on backing vocals. Peek would issue two more solo albums over the next few years, including Electro Voice (1986) and Crossover (1987). Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ... Home Sweet Home Records is a record label, based in Dallas, Texas. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Meanwhile, America opted for a decidedly different direction from its previous offerings for its twelfth studio album, Perspective, released in September 1984. Ballard was out, and synthesizers and drum machines were in. Several different producers, including Richie Zito, Matthew McCauley, and Richard James Burgess, helped create an electronic pop sound that was very much in step with the '80s, but drastically at odds with America's acoustic trademark. "Special Girl", the album's first single, was culled from outside songwriters and failed to make the charts. The next single, "Can't Fall Asleep to a Lullaby", was co-penned by Bunnell, Journey's Steve Perry, Robert Haimer, and Bill Mumy, the latter of Lost In Space fame. Although neither track broke out on pop radio, both did achieve minor success on the adult contemporary charts. The album itself was unable to climb higher than #185 during a brief three-week stint on the charts in October 1984. Perspective is the twelfth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in Septmber 1984. ... This article is about the year. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Richard James Burgess Richard James Burgess [1], has been successful as a studio session drummer, music computer-programmer, major label artist, record producer, published author and manager. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ... Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey. ... Charles William Mumy, Jr. ... For other uses, see Lost in Space (disambiguation). ...


Their commercial momentum by now spent, Beckley and Bunnell ended their Capitol contract with In Concert, released in July 1985. The concert was recorded at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California, on June 1, 1985. In Concert became the first America album to miss the charts entirely. In Concert is the second official live album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in July 1985. ... This article is about the year. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - Total 41. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


Return to basics (1985-1998)

Beckley and Bunnell spent the latter half of the 1980s focusing on their live show, which they performed well over 100 times a year around the world. While America remained a hot ticket on the touring circuit, they were unable to land a recording contract in the years after they left the Capitol label.


By the early 1990s, the rise of the compact disc led to the reissuing of many popular albums from the rock era, providing many popular acts like America with a revived niche in the record industry. In 1991, America was able to offer four brand new tracks as part of a collection issued by Rhino Records called Encore: More Greatest Hits, which was designed to complement the group's original 1975 retrospective. Standout tracks included the Bunnell-Haimer-Mumy collaboration "Nothing's So Far Away (As Yesterday)" and Beckley's "On Target". CD redirects here. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ...

Hourglass (1994), America's first studio album in a decade, was released by Chip Davis's American Gramaphone label
Hourglass (1994), America's first studio album in a decade, was released by Chip Davis's American Gramaphone label

America's resurgence caught the eye of Chip Davis of American Gramaphone Records, who signed the group to his label. In May 1994, America released its first new studio album in a decade with Hourglass. Produced primarily by Beckley and Bunnell, with help from Hank Linderman and Steve Levine, the album featured an eclectic group of songs. "Young Moon", a rare joint songwriting effort from Bunnell and Beckley, was a sleek effort, combining Beckley's love ballad formula with Bunnell's visual imagery. In contrast, "Greenhouse" featured a rough, rocking sound performed by the live band. Re-recordings of "You Can Do Magic" and "Everyone I Meet Is From California" were also included. In the end, despite garnering generally positive reviews, the album failed to catch on commercially. Image File history File links Hourglass_cover_art. ... Image File history File links Hourglass_cover_art. ... Hourglass is the thirteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by American Gramaphone in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Louis F. Chip Davis, Jr. ... American Gramaphone is an American record company, and was founded in 1984 by Chip Davis. ... Louis F. Chip Davis, Jr. ... American Gramaphone is an American record company, and was founded in 1984 by Chip Davis. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Hourglass is the thirteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by American Gramaphone in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In 1995, while in between America projects, Beckley delivered his long-anticipated debut solo album. Entitlted Van Go Gan, the album experimented with various styles and sounds. Beckley also revisited some early America material, including a remake of "I Need You". "Now Sue" was inspired by the track "Till The Sun Comes Up Again" (from the Homecoming album) when played backwards. Comedian Phil Hartman (who in his earlier career as a graphic artist had designed the "America" logo, as well as many other bands of the 70's) was featured as the uproarious voice of a televangelist preacher on "Playing God". Although it received exceptionally warm reviews, the album was only available as an expensive Japanese import. Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... In the USA, a televangelist (television evangelist) is a religious minister (often a Christian priest or minister) who devotes a large portion of his (or her) ministry to TV broadcasts to a regular viewing and listening audience. ...


Dan Peek, who had remained largely silent since Crossover, made a modest resurgence in the mid-1990s through his trio of collaborations with Brian Gentry and Ken Marvin of the Nashville-based group, PEACE. Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ...


America fans were also treated to a newly-released concert album in 1995. Released by King Biscuit's record label, the concert was actually taken from a 1982 installment of the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. Known as In Concert (not to be confused with the 1985 Capitol release of the same name), King Biscuit experienced modest success with the album. The King Biscuit Flower Hour is a syndicated rock and roll radio show that debuted on February 18, 1973. ... The King Biscuit Flower Hour is a syndicated rock and roll radio program that debuted on February 18, 1973. ... In Concert (King Biscuit) is the third officially released live album by American folk rock duo America, released by King Biscuit Records in 1995. ... In Concert is the second official live album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in July 1985. ...


This success wound up leading to a new record deal with King Biscuit's subsidiary label, Oxygen Records. After rumors that Steely Dan producer Gary Katz would produce the project came and went, the album eventually reached the stores in September 1998. The new album, entitled Human Nature after the name of Beckley's home recording studio, was accompanied by a modest commercial blitz. The first single, Beckley's "From A Moving Train," featured a strongly acoustic style. The track received considerable airplay and moderate success in adult contemporary formats. Reports claimed that the song was a major success in the pop charts in Spain. A second attempt at a single in "Wednesday Morning" was somewhat less successful. Although the album had a number of strong tracks, in the end it failed to garner the sales that Oxygen was expecting, and America was once again without a record deal. Steely Dan is a Grammy-Award winning American jazz rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. ... Gary Katz is an American record producer, most famous for his work in that capacity on every Steely Dan album recorded during the first run of their career, from Cant Buy A Thrill in 1972 to Gaucho in 1980. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Human Nature is the fourteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Oxygen Records in 1998 (see 1998 in music). ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream contemporary pop music, excluding hip hop, hard rock, and some teen pop music, which is intended for an adult audience. ...


A New Millennium (1999-2006)

The next few years saw the group's catalog expand with a number of side projects, reissues of older albums on CD, and several major retrospective releases. In July 2000, Rhino released Highway: 30 Years Of America, a three-CD box set which included 64 remastered tracks spanning the group's career. Included were a handful of alternative mixes and demos such as an early take of a stripped-down "Ventura Highway." A year later, in August 2001, Rhino released a trimmed-down single disc compilation, The Complete Greatest Hits, which assembled all of the group's 17 charting Billboard singles for the first time. The disc also included two newly-recorded songs, "World Of Light" and "Paradise." The album represented another milestone for the group. Peaking at #152 on the Billboard album charts in October 2001, The Complete Greatest Hits was America's first charting album since Perspective in 1984. CD redirects here. ... Highway: 30 Years Of America is the third principal major label compilation album by American folk rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... The Complete Greatest Hits is the fourth principal major label compilation album by American folk rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2001. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Perspective is the twelfth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in Septmber 1984. ...

The Complete Greatest Hits (2001) was America's first charting album of the new millennium
The Complete Greatest Hits (2001) was America's first charting album of the new millennium

On the solo front, in February 2000 Beckley released Go Man Go, an album remixing a number of tracks from Van Go Gan. The original Van Go Gan album finally saw its initial domestic release that July with bonus tracks. June saw the roll-out of another Beckley side project, Like A Brother, recorded with Robert Lamm of Chicago and the late Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys under the name Beckley-Lamm-Wilson. Dan Peek resurfaced in 1999 with a new website and his first solo release in many years, Bodden Town. Image File history File links America_complete_greatest_hits. ... Image File history File links America_complete_greatest_hits. ... The Complete Greatest Hits is the fourth principal major label compilation album by American folk rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2001. ... Robert William Lamm (born October 13, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American keyboardist, singer and songwriter. ... This article is about the American pop-rock-jazz band. ... Carl Wilson on the cover of his eponymous 1981 album. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ...


America had a somewhat unusual return to prominence in 2001 with the smash success of Janet Jackson's single "Someone to Call My Lover." Jackson's track wove the famous "Ventura Highway" guitar riff into a song which rose to #3 on the Billboard pop charts, and introduced one of America's most recognizable melodies to a whole new generation. This article is about the singer. ... Someone to Call My Lover is the second single from Janet Jacksons tenth album, All For You. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


America fans were treated to new material in late 2002. In October, the group released its first Christmas album, Holiday Harmony. Produced by Andrew Gold, the album received positive reviews for its imaginative weaving of elements of classic America tunes into familiar holiday standards. Included were three new tracks, including a Bunnell-penned ode to "Ventura Highway" called "Christmas In California," featuring Beckley on lead vocals. Holiday Song redirects here. ... Holiday Harmony is the fifteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ... Andrew Gold (born August 2, 1951, in Burbank, California) is an American singer, musician and songwriter, best known for his 1976 Top 5 single Lonely Boy and the 1978 single Thank You For Being A Friend. Andrews parents were singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous...


One month later, in November 2002, America released a live album, The Grand Cayman Concert. Recorded the previous April in the Cayman Islands, the concert featured just Beckley and Bunnell on acoustic guitars, a throwback to the earliest days of their career. Included were their most familiar songs along with a few rarities, such as "Wind Wave" and "Pigeon Song." The Grand Cayman Concert is the fifth official live album by American folk rock duo America, released by the group in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ...


After this spurt of new material, the band retreated from the music studio, as Beckley and Bunnell focused their energy on their consistently full and lucrative touring schedule. America occasionally offered new DVDs, such as a re-release of their 1979 concert film, Live In Central Park, a 2004 concert at the Sydney Opera House, and a 2005 show at the Ventura, California, Concert Theater joined with Stephen Bishop and Andrew Gold directed by Sheldon Osmond. Also in 2005, America appeared on the PBS concert series SoundStage with long-time friend Christopher Cross. The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Ventura Government  - Mayor Christy Weir  - Senate Tom McClintock (R)  - Assembly Pedro Nava (D)  - U. S. Congress Lois Capps (D) Area  - Total 32. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Stephen Bishop (born November 14, 1951 in San Diego, California) is an American singer and guitarist. ... Andrew Gold (born August 2, 1951, in Burbank, California) is an American singer, musician and songwriter, best known for his 1976 Top 5 single Lonely Boy and the 1978 single Thank You For Being A Friend. Andrews parents were singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Christopher Cross (born Christopher Geppert, 3 May 1951, San Antonio, Texas) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy winning, American singer-songwriter. ...


In April 2006, after a handful of solo concerts, Beckley released his second solo album of all-new material, the well-received Horizontal Fall.


Recent activity (2006-07)

After over two decades operating in the shadows of the music industry, the dream of a full-scale commercial comeback still seemed far-fetched for America as the year 2006 opened. Although the group remained very much active and popular in the nostalgia concert circuit and had occasionally issued new material on minor labels, their offerings were largely ignored by the wider commercial music industry and record-buying public.

Here & Now, released in January 2007, was America's first major label studio album in over 20 years
Here & Now, released in January 2007, was America's first major label studio album in over 20 years

However, a fateful connection would provide a sudden and unexpected change in fortune for the group. During the mid-2000s, Beckley struck up a correspondence with Adam Schlesinger of the indie-rock group Fountains of Wayne. Beckley had been a fan of the 2003 Fountains of Wayne album Welcome Interstate Managers, and Schlesinger turned out to be a fan of America's work. The exchange of songs between the two led them to record a few tracks together. The recordings came to the attention of SonyBMG's new Burgundy Records label, which was impressed both by the quality of the material and by the possibility of pairing America with other indie artists. The label signed America to record a new album with Schlesinger and his musical partner, James Iha, formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins, at the production helm. Entitled Here & Now, it would be America's first major-label studio album since Perspective in 1984. Image File history File linksMetadata Here_and_now_cover_art. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Here_and_now_cover_art. ... Here & Now is the sixteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, to be released by Burgundy Records in January 2007 (see 2007 in music). ... Adam Schlesinger (born October 31, 1967) is a songwriter, composer, and record producer. ... Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop rock band formed in 1996 and known for such singles as Radiation Vibe and Stacys Mom. // The band was formed by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. ... Welcome Interstate Managers is an album by Fountains of Wayne. ... The Sony BMG Music Entertainment logo. ... Burgundy Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History In January 2006 the Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group (SMG) announced the launch of its new record label, Burgundy Records. ... James Yoshinobu Iha (Japanese: 井葉吉伸, Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ, Jēmusu Iha) born March 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American rock musician. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... Here & Now is the sixteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, to be released by Burgundy Records in January 2007 (see 2007 in music). ... Perspective is the twelfth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in Septmber 1984. ...


The recording sessions at Stratosphere Sound in New York City, which ran through July, attracted a number of notable guest musicians, including Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller, along with members from the groups Nada Surf and My Morning Jacket. Seasoned veterans Stephen Bishop and Rusty Young were also involved. // Stratosphere Sound is a recording studio located in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Commonly confused with Bryan Adams David Ryan Adams (born November 5, 1974) is a prolific American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, North Carolina. ... Ben Kweller (born 16 June 1981, San Francisco, California) is an American rock musician. ... Nada Surf is an American alternative rock / indie rock group formed in 1992. ... My Morning Jacket is an American rock band known for their reverb-heavy sound, their eclectic mix of indie rock, country rock, psychedelic, and jam band styles, and enthusiastic and energetic live shows. ... Stephen Bishop (born November 14, 1951 in San Diego, California) is an American singer and guitarist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In an effort to aim the album toward both younger and older audiences, the label decided to bundle the new album with a second disc comprising live performances of every track from History: America's Greatest Hits, previously recorded at XM Radio as part of XM's Then Again...Live series. In the run-up to the album's scheduled release on January 16, 2007, America attracted a publicity buzz unseen since the early 1980s. In addition, early positive reviews of the album suggested a possible critical reappraisal of the group's work and legacy and the possibility that 1970s soft-rock could become "cool" and "hip" with a newer generation of musicians and fans. XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) is a satellite radio service in the United States based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporations DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups. ...


Dan Peek and the band

Ever since Dan Peek left the group in May 1977, speculation has abounded as to whether he could or would return to the fold. The split was certainly amicable. On Peek's 1978 solo debut album, All Things Are Possible, Beckley and Bunnell sang back-up vocals on the track "Love Was Just Another Word." According to Bunnell, at around that time Peek even joined the group onstage to perform a few songs during a concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. On Peek's 1984 follow-up album, Doer Of The Word, Beckley provided prominent backing vocals on the title track. In November 1999, credible rumors began to spread that unreleased demo recordings from the early 1980s featuring Beckley and Bunnell collaborating with Peek would be released on CD sometime in early 2000. No such recordings have been released to date. Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ...


The questions about a possible reunion of the original trio began not long after Peek left the group. When asked about the prospects for a reunion in the early 1980s, Beckley and Bunnell stated that they were happy for Peek in that he had found a new life and a new direction, but that it was unlikely there would be a reunion. "All things are possible, like [Dan] says," Beckley told radio host Lew Irwin in 1982, but "it just doesn't seem in the cards." Within a few years, however, Peek had begun to publicly entertain just such thoughts. "Like they said and like I said, all things are possible," Peek told interviewer Steve Orchard in 1985. "I really have my fingers crossed. I would love to get back together [with them] and do some things."


Although Beckley and Bunnell have over the years become increasingly firm in their position that a reunion with Peek is highly unlikely, and could in fact be counterproductive, record companies have put pressure on the duo to change their minds. Bunnell noted to Steve Orchard in 1998 that "[w]e had a few labels say that they would be interested in recording us if we would bring Dan back or if we could put together the original trio." In the end, Beckley and Bunnell have chosen to hold firm to their decision to remain a duo.


In 2000, Peek began posting a number of weekly "episodes" to his website relating to his experiences prior to and during his years in America. Peek raised a few eyebrows both for his candid discussion of his experiences with drugs and religion and for his observations of Beckley and Bunnell. Eventually, Peek compiled the material into a book entitled An American Band, which was released in late 2004.


Certain sources have erroneously suggested that a reunion with Peek actually did occur. A Rolling Stone rock discography book, printed in the mid-1990s, contained an apocryphal entry for America stating that Dan Peek had reunited with Beckley and Bunnell for a tour in 1993 with the Beach Boys. This misinformation has been so widely disseminated that even esteemed Australian rock journalist and historian Glenn A. Baker erroneously assumed this to be true in an interview question posed to Beckley and Bunnell on the Live At The Sydney Opera House DVD. This article is about the magazine. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Charts

Billboard Album Chart

Year Title Peak Position
1972 America 1
1972 Homecoming 9
1973 Hat Trick 28
1974 Holiday 3
1975 Hearts 4
1975 History: America's Greatest Hits 3
1976 Hideaway 11
1977 Harbor 21
1977 Live 127
1979 Silent Letter 110
1980 Alibi 142
1982 View From The Ground 41
1983 Your Move 81
1984 Perspective 185
1994 Hourglass Did Not Chart
1998 Human Nature Did Not Chart
2001 The Complete Greatest Hits 152
2007 Here & Now 52

Billboard Singles Chart

Year Title Peak Position
1972 A Horse with No Name 1
1972 I Need You 9
1972 Ventura Highway 8
1973 Don't Cross The River 35
1973 Only In Your Heart 62
1973 Muskrat Love 67
1974 Tin Man 4
1975 Lonely People 5
1975 Sister Golden Hair 1
1975 Daisy Jane 20
1975 Woman Tonight 44
1976 Today's The Day 23
1976 Amber Cascades 75
1979 California Dreamin' 56
1979 Only Game In Town 107
1982 You Can Do Magic 8
1983 Right Before Your Eyes 45
1983 The Border 33
1984 Special Girl 106

Trivia

  • Contrary to popular belief, the choice of the name "America" had no political overtones, and the group has consistently avoided political or patriotic use of its name.
  • In the Sopranos Season 3 episode, 'Another Toothpick', Robert Baccalieri Sr. has a car accident while listening to Sister Golden Hair.
  • Bunnell has remarked that the setting for "A Horse with No Name" was inspired by the area around Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he spent some time as a child.
  • America was at one time called the "United States of America"
  • When initially released, "A Horse with No Name" was often mistaken for a Neil Young song, due to the similarity of Bunnell's vocals to Young's. "Horse" replaced Young's single "Heart of Gold" at US #1 in 1972.
  • "A Horse with No Name" was placed on the soundtrack of the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on Classic Rock station K-DST. It also makes an appearance in the sprite webcomic 8-Bit Theater.[1]
  • "A Horse with No Name" has been used more than once for gags in episodes of the "The Simpsons."
  • "I Need You" is supposedly the first song Beckley ever wrote.
  • America recorded Homecoming in the studio next to Stevie Wonder, who was then recording his classic album, Innervisions.
  • Bunnell has suggested that the "alligator lizards in the air" in "Ventura Highway" are references to cloud shapes.
  • The legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz is also a skilled banjo player, and was featured on the America tracks "Don't Cross The River" and "Submarine Ladies."
  • When played backwards, the lyrics on "Moon Song" from Homecoming say, "All good men come to the aid of their country."
  • Another track from Homecoming, "Till The Sun Comes Up Again," became a musical inspiration to Gerry Beckley when played backwards over twenty years later, leading to the song "Now Sue" on his solo album Van Go Gan. A backwards version of the original Homecoming track was included as a bonus track on the 2000 domestic release of Van Go Gan.
  • A then-obscure comedian named Jay Leno was the opening act for a number of America shows in the early 1970s.
  • Dan Peek re-recorded "Lonely People" for his 1986 solo album, Electro Voice. He reworked the lyrics in a more overtly Christian vein, claiming that this better reflected the original inspiration for the song.
  • "Lonely People" was covered by the popular Christian band Jars of Clay in 2003.
  • The cover artwork on the album History: America's Greatest Hits was the work of Phil Hartmann, who later became famous as a comedian on Saturday Night Live. Hartmann later dropped an "n" off his last name prior to achieving fame. His brother John was America's manager for many years.
  • Around 1976, the Soviet Union expressed interest in having the trio perform in that country, but the deal collapsed before it could come to fruition.
  • Despite the presence of other heavyweight acts like James Taylor and Rod Stewart on their roster, America was Warner Bros. Records' biggest selling act of the 1970s.
  • In 1978, America performed a song live in concert called "Norman." The song, written by Beckley (who once considered becoming an architect), was an homage to industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes. Although contemporary interviews suggested the track would be recorded for an upcoming album, the song was never released by America. Years later, singer-songwriter Jeff Larson recorded it for his 2002 album, Fragile Sunrise, with Beckley producing the track.
  • The title of America's 1979 album, Silent Letter, refers to their previous tendency to name all their albums with names starting with "H". In 1994, the group returned to this practice with the release of Hourglass.
  • Bunnell has claimed that America's label toyed with the idea of the group going country during the late 1970s, and that he and Beckley soundly rejected the idea.
  • America and their label could not agree on which side of the Alibi LP should be considered Side One, so they came to a unique compromise. The sides would be labelled "Our Side" and "Their Side." The album's unusual cover photo, featuring a severed doll's head, does not have any special meaning. Bunnell recalled that he and Beckley simply stumbled upon it while looking through music photographer Henry Diltz's photo collection and decided to use it.
  • America was briefly caught up in controversy in 1981 when they broke the anti-apartheid international cultural boycott against South Africa and played several concerts in that country. However, America was not alone, as black artists such as Tina Turner and Curtis Mayfield did the same. It has been rumored that the group suffered from a low-key industry backlash for several years after the incident.
  • The building behind Bunnell and Beckley on the cover of Perspective is 100 Wilshire in Santa Monica, California. The building, tallest in the city, was completed in 1971, and was originally known as Lawrence Welk Plaza. It can also be seen in the background of the opening credits of the hit television sitcom Three's Company during the 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 seasons.
  • Hourglass is the last America album to use a contemporary photograph of Beckley and Bunnell's faces on the cover. Human Nature featured the duo on the cover, but with their faces covered by a cloud. This design flourish was supposedly inspired by the work of René Magritte.
  • A group of country music all-stars (Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Terri Clark, Trisha Yearwood, and Tim McGraw) recording under the name of "Project Hope" covered Beckley's "Hope" for a charity single in 1996. Many of them later performed the song live for that year's Academy of Country Music awards telecast.
  • The album Human Nature takes its name from Beckley's home recording studio in addition to the fact it begins with the traditional letter "H".
  • When Garth Brooks covered "Don't Cross The River" on his Scarecrow album, he apparently wasn't aware that it was an America song. His version was based upon a bluegrass cover of the song by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver from the late 1970s.
  • Janet Jackson's 2001 hit "Someone to Call My Lover" was focused around the guitar riff from "Ventura Highway". The riff itself was re-recorded for the sample to reduce royalty fees. One of her earlier hits, "Let's Wait Awhile", was supposedly inspired by "Daisy Jane" and has often been compared to it.
  • America recorded a track for the Watership Down film soundtrack. It was titled "Watership Down" and was not used in the film, along with a few other songs recorded by different artists.
  • In the '90's, the band appeared on the Howard Stern Radio Show, performing a parody of the song, rephrased to be about Stern show producer Gary "Baba booey" Dell'Abate. The song was called "A Boy with Horse Teeth"
  • Since there is no real "Ventura Highway", the song was written about the Pacific Coast Hwy, from Los angeles to Ventura, CA.

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Discography

America (band) Album released in 1972. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Homecoming is a 1973 (see 1973 in music) album by America. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hat Trick is the Third album released by America in 1973. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Holiday is the fourth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Warner Bros. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Hearts is the fifth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Warner Bros. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hideaway is the sixth original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harbor is the seventh original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Live is the first official live album by American folk rock duo America, released by Warner Bros. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Silent Letter is the eighth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in June 1979. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Alibi is the ninth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in 1980. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... View From The Ground is the tenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in July 1982. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Last Unicorn is the soundtrack to the film of the same name. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Your Move is the eleventh original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in June 1983. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Perspective is the twelfth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in Septmber 1984. ... This article is about the year. ... In Concert is the second official live album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in July 1985. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Hourglass is the thirteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by American Gramaphone in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... In Concert (King Biscuit) is the third officially released live album by American folk rock duo America, released by King Biscuit Records in 1995. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Horse With No Name is the fourth live album by American folk rock duo America, released by MasterTone Records in Germany in 1995 (see 1995 in music). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... You Can Do Magic is an America compilation album released in 1998. ... Human Nature is the fourteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Oxygen Records in 1998 (see 1998 in music). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up live in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Highway: 30 Years Of America is the third principal major label compilation album by American folk rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Complete Greatest Hits is the fourth principal major label compilation album by American folk rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2001. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Holiday Harmony is the fifteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Grand Cayman Concert is the fifth official live album by American folk rock duo America, released by the group in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Here & Now is the sixteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, to be released by Burgundy Records in January 2007 (see 2007 in music). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

See also

Dan Peek (born November 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida) was a member of the rock band America from 1970-1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. ... Gerry Beckley (born September 12, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a founding member of the rock band America. ... Dewey Bunnell (born 19 January 1951, in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England) is an Anglo-American musician, singer and songwriter, famous as a member of soft-rock band, America. ... Ian Ralph Samwell (born in Lambeth, South London, January 19, 1937, died March 13, 2003, in Sacramento, California, USA) was an english musician, songwriter and producer. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... For an Englishman who was born and still lives in the heart of the British countryside, Russ Ballad has certainly made his presence felt around the globe. ... Adam Schlesinger (born October 31, 1967) is a songwriter, composer, and record producer. ... James Yoshinobu Iha (Japanese: 井葉吉伸, Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ, Jēmusu Iha) born March 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American rock musician. ... Henry Stanford Diltz (born 1938, in Kansas City, Missouri) is a folk musician and photographer, who has been active since the 1960s. ... Richard Campbell (born December 7, 1958) is a United States musician best known for his work as a bass guitarist and vocalist for Natalie Cole in the 1980s, and more recently with Three Dog Night, The Dave Mason Band, and America. ...

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