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Pure Prairie League is a seminal American country rock band, the roots of which can be found 1964-1969 in Waverly, Ohio with Craig Fuller, Tom McGrail, Jim Caughlan, and John David Call. The band was named for a 19th century temperance union, which as mentioned in the 1939 film Dodge_City_(1939_film) (it is not clear if the film reference was the origin of the band's name nor even if the organization actually existed). The band has had a long run, active from the early 1970s through the early 1980s and once again reborn in the mid 2000’s. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Waverly is a village located in, and the county seat of Pike County, Ohio. ... Craig Fuller is an American country-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist. ... A cartoon from Australia ca. ... Dodge City is a western movie starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

The cover of the Pure Prairie League's first album, featuring a Norman Rockwell cowboy that graced a number of "Saturday Evening Post" covers, and became the de facto trademark of the band, appearing on most of the PPL album covers.

Although the band has its roots in Waverly, it was actually formed in Columbus, Ohio (sixty miles north of Waverly), and had it first success in Cincinnati. Although Fuller, McGrail, Caughlan, and Call had played together off and on since high school, the first Pure Prairie League recording was a George Ed Powell composition, "Down to Pieces," with Powell (acoustic guitar and vocal), Fuller (lead guitar and vocal), McGrail (drums), Kenny May (bass) and David Workman (pedal steel guitar). The original stage band was Fuller, McGrail, Powell, Phil Stokes on bass, and Robin Suskind on guitar and mandola.His steel guitar greatly improved the country songs and sparked hot guitar duels with Fuller that contributed greatly to the rock/country, signature sound of the band. Caughlan, who had played drums and guitar with Fuller, Call and McGrail in earlier bands, took over on drums when McGrail quit the band just before their first album. Lanham replaced Stokes who left at the same time. After the self-titled first album release and a nationwide tour in 1971, the band split up with Call, Caughlan, and Lanham leaving before the second album. This left Fuller and Powell to record "Bustin' Out" in Toronto with Billy Hinds]] (drums) and Michael Connor (piano) would become regulars in the PPL lineup for years to come. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... A Dobro style resonator guitar Steel guitar, strictly speaking, refers to a method of playing using a metal slide (or steel) on a guitar played horizontally, with the strings uppermost. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...

PPL’s biggest hits include Fuller’s country rock classic, "Amie", “Two Lane Highway”, and the musically less-representative pop song, "Let Me Love You Tonight", composed by Jeff Wilson, Dan Greer and Steve Woodard. Vince Gill sang and played guitar with the band in the early 1980s and recorded an updated version of "Amie" for their greatest hits album, moved on to become one of Nashville’s biggest stars. A fourteenth album was released in 2006, composed primarily of Craig Fuller songs, as was the very first back in 1971. Vince Gill Vince Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country music musician, songwriter, and singer. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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Good Rockin' Tonight: Pure Prairie League (493 words)
Pure Prairie League was a successful country-rock band during the 1970s and early '80s,formed in Columbus, OH, in 1969.
In late 1974, Pure Prairie League's touring began to pay off as radio stations started playing "Amie," a song from Bustin' Out, leading RCA to issue the song as a single, reissue the album, and re-sign the band.
Through the years PPL has undergone a slew of personnel changes, including the addition of Vince Gill in 1978 who stuck around for three albums.
PPL has reunited to treat us to music that sounds as good today as it did when they first performed.
PPL is touring and enjoying every minute of it and has been playing true to their original form.
PPL in the new millennium may be a curious prospect to band members, but the band's longevity testifies to the timelessness of the music.
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