Tag: America

Saturday 1am ET: Feature LP 2: America – Homecoming (1972)

Homecoming is the second studio album by America, released on November 15, 1972 through Warner Bros. Records. Acoustic guitar-based, with a more pronounced electric guitar and keyboard section than their first album, their second effort helped continue the band’s success, and includes one of their best known hits, “Ventura Highway.”

Homecoming peaked at number 9 on Billboard’s Pop Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It produced three hit singles: “Ventura Highway”, which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard singles chart and number 3 on the adult contemporary chart; “Don’t Cross the River”, which hit number 35 on Billboard and 23 on the AC chart; and “Only in Your Heart” peaked at number 62 on Billboard’s Pop singles chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “To Each His Own”, “California Revisited”, and “Cornwall Blank”.

For this album and the next six throughout the next five years, the group traditionally chose titles beginning with the letter “H” (the self-titled debut album became unofficially included in this distinction when fans started referring to it as the “Horse with No Name” album when that track was added to later pressings).

1. “Ventura Highway” 3:32
2. “To Each His Own” 3:13
3. “Don’t Cross the River” 2:30
4. “Moon Song” 3:41
5. “Only in Your Heart” 3:16
6. “Till the Sun Comes Up Again” 2:12
7. “Cornwall Blank” 4:19
8. “Head and Heart” 3:49
9. “California Revisited” 3:03
10. “Saturn Nights” 3:31

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP #1 – America (Debut 1972)

America is the debut studio album by America, released in UK (December 26, 1971) and in the US March 1972. It was initially released without “A Horse with No Name”, which was released as a single in late 1971. When “A Horse with No Name” became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in the United States and stayed there for five weeks. It produced two hit singles; “A Horse with No Name” spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and “I Need You” hit No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart and No. 7 on the AC chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “Sandman” (long-rumored to be about the United States Navy VQ-2 air squadron formerly based in Rota, Spain) and “Three Roses”. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the U.S.

1. “Riverside” 3:03
2. “Sandman” 5:08
3. “Three Roses” 3:54
4. “Children” 3:07
5. “A Horse with No Name” 4:10
6. “Here” 5:30

1. “I Need You” 3:05
2. “Rainy Day” 2:55
3. “Never Found the Time” 3:50
4. “Clarice” 4:01
5. “Donkey Jaw” 5:17
6. “Pigeon Song” 2:18

Wednesday 12am ET: Feature LP: America – 50th Anniversary: The Collection (2019)

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

Wednesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

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 . . . 

Thursday 6pm: Feature Artist – America

AmericaAmerica 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

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70s

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. . . 

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

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. . . 

Thursday 12pm: Across The Tracks Special

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.

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

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 . . . 

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80’s:  Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Kenny Rogers, Dire Straits, Robert John, Prince, Ramones, Air Supply, Steely Dan, America, Boston, Elton John, Poison, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Men At Work and many many more .. . 

Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown – America Top 45 Hits

America is an American rock group who have released sixteen studio albums, four live albums and seven compilation albums, including a holiday album. They have also issued forty- seven singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 number ones, and several number one singles on the adult contemporary charts.

America’s best-known song is their 1972 debut single, “A Horse with No Name”. It was the lead-off single to their self-titled debut album. The song became their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and was also a Top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, America had charted eleven Top 40 singles in the United States. However, in the 1990s, their popularity began to fade. They have not had a Billboard charted single in the United States since 1984, though “Young Moon” charted in Germany in 1994, peaking at number 59 on the country’s Media Control Charts. Additionally, in 1998 “From a Moving Train” charted on the Radio and Records AC Airplay Top 40 Chart for six weeks and peaked at number 25 and “Winter Wonderland” peaked on the same chart at number 26 in 2002. – Wikipedia

1 A Horse with No Name
2 Ventura Highway
3 Tin Man
4 Sister Golden Hair
5 You Can Do Magic
6 Daisy Jane
7 Lonely People
8 I Need You
9 The Border
10 Today’s the Day
11 Don’t Cross the River
12 Right Before Your Eyes
13 Muskrat Love
14 Woman Tonight
15 Amber Cascades
16 Special Girl
17 All Around
18 From a Moving Train
19 Can’t Fall Asleep to a Lullaby (featuring Steve Perry)
20 The Last Unicorn
21 All My Life
22 Sandman 
23 California Dreamin’
24 Young Moon
25 Only in Your Heart
26 Rainbow Song
27 Only Game in Town
28 You Could Have Been the One
29 Green Monkey
30 She’s a Liar
31 Jet Boy Blue
32 God of the Sun
33 Don’t Cry Baby
34 Slow Down
35 Hangover
36 Survival
37 Catch That Train
38 Jody
39 Cast the Spirit
40 Hope
41 Wednesday Morning
42 Moment to Moment
43 Chasing the Rainbow
44 Ride On
45 My Kinda Woman

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Holiday is the fourth studio album by the American folk rock band America, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in June 1974. The album was produced in London by noted record producer George Martin.

The album was a big hit in the US, reaching number 3 on the Billboard album chart and being certified gold by the RIAA. It produced two hit singles: “Tin Man” reached number 4 on the Billboard singles chart and went to number 1 on both the adult contemporary chart as well as the Radio & Records chart; and “Lonely People” which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard singles chart and also hit number 1 on the adult contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “Baby It’s Up To You” and “Another Try”. The album was also released on Quadraphonic reel-to-reel tape for 4-channel enthusiasts.

Band Member Dewey Bunnell was thrilled at the prospect of working with Martin as producer. He was quoted as saying that it “was great working with George. It was like we knew each other. We were familiar with the Beatles, of course, and we had that British sense of humor.” In a separate interview, Dan Peek recalled to Circus magazine: “Gerry (Beckley) had been in England, and we’d talked about using George Martin as our producer. He’s such a hot arranger, thinking about all the stuff he’s done. There were several other people we wanted to use, but that idea sort of flashed and George was available.”

It was the recording debut of America’s longtime drummer Willie Leacox, who is in the car in the cover photo.

Hearts is the fifth studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. Records in 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 “Old Virginia”, “Bell Tree” and “Midnight”. The album was also released on Quadraphonic reel-to-reel tape for 4-channel enthusiasts.

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

Thursday 10pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

vrpjuly42015From the Vinyl Resting Place Archive (2015) – Celebrate July 4th with Willie B and the Vinyl Resting Place with music and more from Red Skelton, Cashman and West, Mark Lindsay, Ray Stevens, Don McLean, Donna Fargo, Simon and Garfunkel, Corbin & Hanner Band, Beach Boys, Steve Miller Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Hope, Byron MacGregor; Charlie Rich, Glen Campbell, Billy Brown, Elvis Presley, America, Yes, Grand Funk, Joseph Brent & The Bronx Opera and many more. 

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 9am ET

70sToday on Sounds of the 70s we bring you Peter Frampton, America, Carl Douglas, Tom Jones, Terry Jacks, Paul Simon, Three Dog Night, Cufflinks, 10cc, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jefferson Starship, and so much more. Join Dan Varroney with Sounds of the 70s today at 9:00 am ET 

Artist Countdown: America Top 40 Hits 12pm ET @americaband

AmericaAmerica is an English-American folk rock band formed in London in 1970 which originally consisted of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek. The three members were barely out of their teens when they became a musical sensation in 1972, scoring No. 1 hits and winning a Grammy for best new musical artist. Their recording success stretched throughout the 1970s; some of the band’s best known songs are “A Horse with No Name“, “Sister Golden Hair” (both of which reached No. 1), “Ventura Highway“, “Tin Man”, “Daisy Jane”, and “Lonely People”. George Martin produced seven of their albums.

Peek left the group in 1977 to pursue a solo career, but Beckley and Bunnell returned to the top 10 as a duo with “You Can Do Magic” in 1982. As of at least 2009, America 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.

Gerald Linford “Gerry” Beckley (born September 12, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas) is a founding member of the band America. Beckley was born to an American father and an English mother. He began playing the piano at the age of three and the guitar a few years later. By 1962, Beckley was playing guitar in The Vanguards, an instrumental surf music band in Virginia. He spent every summer in England and soon discovered ‘British invasion’ music.

Daniel Milton “Dan” Peek (November 1, 1950 – July 24, 2011) was a musician best known as a member of the soft rock band America from 1970 to 1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. He was also a “pioneer in contemporary Christian music.

1 A Horse with No Name
2 You Can Do Magic
3 Sister Golden Hair
4 Ventura Highway
5 The Border
6 Tin Man
7 Lonely People
8 I Need You
9 Daisy Jane
10 Today’s the Day
11 Don’t Cross the River
12 Right Before Your Eyes
13 Muskrat Love
14 Woman Tonight
15 Amber Cascades
16 Special Girl
17 Can’t Fall Asleep to a Lullaby
18 Sandman
19 The Last Unicorn
20 All Around
21 All My Life
22 California Dreamin’
23 Young Moon
24 Only in Your Heart
25 Only Game in Town
26 Cast the Spirit
27 Rainbow Song
28 Green Monkey
29 She’s a Liar
30 God of the Sun
31 Don’t Cry Baby
32 Slow Down
33 You Could Have Been the One
34 One in a Million
35 Jody
36 My Kinda Woman
37 Hope
38 From a Moving Train
39 Wednesday Morning
40 Chasing the Rainbow

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