Thursday 4/8/21 12am ET: Feature LP: America – Hearts (1975)

Hearts is the fifth studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. Records on March 19, 1975. The album was produced by Beatles producer George Martin.

This album was a big hit in the US, reaching number 4 on the Billboard album chart and being certified gold by the RIAA. It produced three hit singles: “Sister Golden Hair”, which went to number 1 on the Billboard singles chart and number 5 on the adult contemporary chart; “Daisy Jane”, which peaked at 20 on the Billboard singles chart and number 4 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and the funky “Woman Tonight”, which reached 44 on the Billboard singles chart and 41 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks including “Company”, “Old Virginia”, “Bell Tree” and “Midnight”. The album was also released on Quadrophonic reel-to-reel tape for 4-channel enthusiasts.

The cover was designed by Phil Hartman, who eventually left graphic design to pursue acting.

  1. “Daisy Jane” 3:07
  2. “Half a Man” 3:33
  3. “Midnight” 2:41
  4. “Bell Tree” 2:32
  5. “Old Virginia” 3:28
  6. “People in the Valley” 2:43
  7. “Company” 3:23
  8. “Woman Tonight” 2:19
  9. “The Story of a Teenager” 3:19
  10. “Sister Golden Hair” 3:16
  11. “Tomorrow” 2:48
  12. “Seasons” 3:00

Gerry Beckley – vocals, guitar, keyboards
Dewey Bunnell – vocals, guitar
Dan Peek – vocals, guitar, keyboards
David Dickey – bass
Willie Leacox – drums, percussion
George Martin – keyboards
Uncredited – cello (on “Daisy Jane”)
Clydie King, Venetta Fields – background vocals “Story of a Teenager”

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