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 47 singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 and three Adult Contemporary number ones.
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 along with hitting #33 on the Radio & Records AC Airplay Top 40 charts. Additionally, in 1998 “From a Moving Train” charted on the Radio & 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.
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.
“Daisy Jane” 3:07
“Half a Man” 3:33
“Bell Tree” 2:32
“Old Virginia” 3:28
“People in the Valley” 2:43
“Woman Tonight” 2:19
“The Story of a Teenager” 3:19
“Sister Golden Hair” 3:16
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”
Hideaway is the sixth studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. Records in April 1976. The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.
It was recorded at Caribou Ranch in Colorado in February 1976, with the album cover and inner sleeve photos reflecting the wintry environment. Deciding that they needed a contrast, the group recorded its next album Harbor in Hawaii.
This album was a hit in the US, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard album chart and being certified Gold by the RIAA. It produced two hit singles: “Today’s the Day”, which reached 23 on the Billboard singles chart and went all the way to number 1 on the adult contemporary chart for two weeks; and “Amber Cascades”, which peaked at 75 on the Billboard singles chart and hit number 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several other songs received airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “Jet Boy Blue”, “Watership Down”, “Don’t Let It Get You Down”, and “Lovely Night”.
1. “Lovely Night” 2:32 2. “Amber Cascades” 2:50 3. “Don’t Let It Get You Down” 2:58 4. “Can’t You See” 2:22 5. “Watership Down” 4:58 6. “She’s Beside You” 2:58 7. “Hideaway Part I” 1:30 8. “She’s a Liar” 3:28 9. “Letter” 3:05 10. “Today’s the Day” 3:15 11. “Jet Boy Blue” 3:21 12. “Who Loves You” 4:33 13. “Hideaway Part II” 2:03
Dewey Bunnell – guitar, lead and backing vocals Gerry Beckley – guitar, lead and backing vocals, keyboard Dan Peek – guitar, banjo, lead and backing vocals, keyboard
David Dickey – bass guitar Willie Leacox – drums, percussion George Martin – piano on “She’s Beside You” and “Hideaway Part I”
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
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
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. . .
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 . . .
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 .. .
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
From 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.