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

Wednesday 9pm: 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

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 

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7am ET

1976This week it’s the “June Hits of 1976” on Sounds of the 70s.  Join Dan Varroney as he features, Brotherhood of Man, Natalie Cole, Chicago, Heart, Thin Lizzy, America, Neil Diamond, The Star land Vocal Band, Queen, Silver, The Steve Miller Band, Todd Rundgren, The Carpenters, Peter Frampton, The Beach Boys, The Brothers Johnson Dr. Hook, Candi Staton, Seals and Crofts, The Doobie Brothers, The Bellamy Brothers, Lee Garrett, Bad Company,  and so much more. Join us at 7:00 am!

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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