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« on: August 03, 2016, 06:15:59 PM »
America is a rock band, formed in England in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met as sons of U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began performing live.

America achieved significant popularity in the 1970s, and was famous for the trio's close vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk sound. This popularity was confirmed by a string of hit albums and singles, many of which found airplay on pop/soft rock stations.

The band came together shortly after the members' graduation from high school, and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records followed. Their debut 1971 self-titled album America, produced the transatlantic hits "A Horse with No Name" and "I Need You"; Homecoming (1972) produced the single "Ventura Highway"; and Hat Trick (1973), a modest success on the charts which fared poorly in sales, produced one minor hit song "Muskrat Love". 1974's Holiday featured the hits "Tin Man" and "Lonely People"; and 1975's Hearts generated the number one single "Sister Golden Hair" alongside "Daisy Jane". History: America's Greatest Hits, a compilation of hit singles, was released the same year and was certified multi-platinum in the United States and Australia. Peek left the group in 1977 and their commercial fortunes declined, despite a brief return to the top in 1982 with the single "You Can Do Magic".

Four decades into their career, the group continues to record material and tour with regularity. Their 2007 album Here & Now was a collaboration with a new generation of musicians who credited the band as an influence. America won a Grammy for Best New Artist at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards. The group has also been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Origin   London, England
Genres   Rock, folk rock, soft rock, pop rock
Years active   1970–present

Members   Gerry Beckley
Dewey Bunnell

Past members   Dan Peek

Current touring musicians
Richard Campbell – bass, vocals (2003–present) formerly toured with Three Dog Night
Ryland Steen – drums, percussion (2014–present) former Reel Big Fish drummer
Bill Worrell – guitars, banjo, keyboards, backing vocals (2014–present)

Former touring musicians
David Dickey – bass, backing vocals (1972–1980)
David Atwood – drums, percussion (1972–1973)
Willie Leacox – drums, percussion (1973–2014)
Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuels – bass (1975; substitute for Dickey)
Jim Calire – keyboards, saxophone (1976–1979)
Tom Walsh – percussion (1976–1979)
Michael Woods – guitars, keyboards, vocals (1977–2014)
Bryan Garofalo – bass (1980–1981)
Bradley Palmer – bass, vocals (1981–2003)
Trent Stroh – bass, backing vocals (2003)
Chas Frichtell – bass, backing vocals (2003)

Dan Peek died in his sleep of fibrinous pericarditis on July 24, 2011, at age 60 at his home in Farmington, Missouri. His interment was in Farmington's Zolman Cemetery.

I Have seen this band 10 times always a good show.

Here are some of their Best: 

A Horse With No Name

Ventura Highway


You Can Do Magic

Tin Man

Three Roses

I Need You

Don't Cross The River

Lonely People

Sister Golden Hair

Daisy Jane

The Border

Everyone I Meet Is From California



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America covering Mama's and Pappa's California Dreaming