America celebrates its half-centennial this year with a trio of compilations that follow the iconic Grammy-winning band to the top of the pop charts, across musical eras, and deep into the hearts of innumerable fans. The multi-platinum-selling group led by founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell and known for their memorable and dynamic live performances–have also announced a series of live dates celebrating the anniversary and are on tour now.
The three-disc version of 50th ANNIVERSARY: THE COLLECTION, released July 12, 2019 brings the core of America’s recorded legacy together with choice rarities like an early studio recording of “Ventura Highway,” a live performance of “Riverside,” and an unreleased demo for the #1 hit “Sister Golden Hair.” All of the band’s Top 10 singles are included here: “Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People” and more.
1 A Horse with No Name 4:12
2 I Need You 3:03
3 Sandman 5:08
4 Here 5:27
5 Rainy Day 2:54
6 Three Roses 3:53
7 Riverside (Live on Old Grey Whistle Test) 3:01
8 Children (Live on Old Grey Whistle Test) 3:10
9 Everyone I Meet Is from California (Single Version) 3:05
10 Ventura Highway 3:31
11 To Each His Own 3:14
12 Don’t Cross the River 2:29
13 Only in Your Heart 3:17
14 Cornwall Blank 4:19
15 Till the Sun Comes up Again 2:12
16 Head and Heart 3:49
17 Hat Trick 8:26
18 Muskrat Love 3:06
19 Green Monkey 3:37
20 Submarine Ladies 3:13
21 Molten Love 3:08
22 It’s Life 4:00
23 Rainbow Song 3:52
24 She’s Gonna Let You Down 3:40
25 Tin Man 3:29
26 Another Try 3:21
27 Lonely People 2:30
28 Hollywood 2:53
29 Baby It’s up to You 2:26
30 Old Man Took 3:15
31 Mad Dog (Demo) 2:45
32 Midnight 2:43
33 Sister Golden Hair 3:17
34 Daisy Jane 3:06
35 Woman Tonight 2:22
36 Old Virginia 3:31
37 Company 3:26
38 Today’s the Day 3:16
39 Amber Cascades 2:51
40 Watership Down (Alternate Mix) 4:59
41 Letter 3:07
42 God of the Sun 3:16
43 Political Poachers 2:41
44 Sarah 2:47
45 Are You There 2:53
46 You Can Do Magic 3:57
47 Sergeant Darkness (Demo) 2:55
48 Ventura Highway (Early Take 4) 4:00
49 Sister Golden Hair (Demo) 3:22
50 A Horse with No Name (Live) 4:21
This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature music from: Pablo Cruise, Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Doobie Brothers, Village People, America, Hillside Singers and more . . .
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 rock 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”.
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 Award 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. – Wikipedia
This week on Sounds of The 70s. Edward Bear, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Supertramp, America, Abba, Peter Frampton, Led Zeppelin, Marshall Tucker Band, Bachman Turner Overdrive and more. . .
This week on the Sounds of The 80’s, Edie Brickell, Cars, Robert Palmer, America, Julian Lennon, Dave Edmunds, Hall & Oates, Whispers, Jacksons, AC/DC and more. . .
We feature tunes with America in the title all day.
Independence Day (colloquial: the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
This week we feature music from; Paul Simon, Staple Singers, Melissa Manchester, Eddie Kendricks, Isley Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Spinners, America, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, First Class and many more . . .