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America

A light folk-rock act of the early '70s, America had several Top Ten hits, including the number ones "A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair." Vocalists/guitarists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley met while they were still in high school in the late '60s; all three were sons of U.S. Air Force officers who were stationed in the U.K. After they completed school in 1970, they formed an acoustic folk-rock quartet called Daze in London, which was soon pared down to the trio of Bunnell, Peek, and Beckley. Adopting the name America, the group landed a contract with Jeff Dexter, a promoter for the Roundhouse concert venue. Dexter had America open for several major artists and the group soon signed with Warner Bros. Records. By the fall of 1970, the group was recording its debut album in London, with producers Ian Samwell and Jeff Dexter.

"A Horse with No Name," America's debut single, was released at the end of 1971. In January 1972, the song -- which strongly recalled the acoustic numbers of Neil Young -- became a number three hit in the U.K. The group's self-titled debut album followed the same stylistic pattern and became a hit as well, peaking at number 14. Following their British success, America returned to North America, beginning a supporting tour for the Everly Brothers. "A Horse with No Name" was released in the U.S. that spring, where it soon became a number one single, pushing Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" off the top of the charts; America followed the single to the top of the charts. "I Need You" became another Top Ten hit that summer, and the group began work on their second album. "Ventura Highway," the first single released from this collaboration, became their third straight Top Ten hit in December of 1972. In the beginning of 1973, America won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1972.

Homecoming was released in January of 1973, becoming a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and peaking at number 21 in the U.K. America's essential sound didn't change with this record; it just became more polished. However, the hits stopped coming fairly soon -- they had only one minor Top 40 hit in 1973. Hat Trick, the group's third album, was released toward the end of 1973; it failed to make it past number 28 on the American charts. Released in the late fall of 1974, Holiday was the first record the group made with producer George Martin. Holiday returned America to the top of the charts, peaking at number three and launching the hit singles "Tin Man" and "Lonely People." "Sister Golden Hair," pulled from 1975's Hearts, became their second number one single. That same year, the group released History: America's Greatest Hits, which would eventually sell over four million copies.

Although America's 1976 effort Hideaway went gold and peaked at number 11, the group's audience was beginning to decline. After releasing Harbor to a lukewarm reception, Dan Peek left the group, deciding to become a contemporary Christian recording artist. The group continued as a duo; their last Martin-produced record, Silent Letter, was released in 1979 to little attention. America returned to the Top Ten in 1982 with "You Can Do Magic," an adult contemporary pop number that featured synthesizers along with their trademark harmonies. "The Border" became their last Top 40 hit in 1983, peaking at number 33. After releasing America in Concert in the summer of 1985, the group continued to tour successfully into the '90s, resurfacing in 1998 with Human Nature.

The early part of the new millennium saw America release not only a handful of live albums as well as a holiday-themed studio recording, but also the exhaustive, career-spanning box set Highway, released in 2000. On the heels of this renewed interest, America were tempted back into the studio in 2006 by longtime fans and musicians Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins. Although encouraging Bunnell and Beckley to stick to America's core sound, producers Schlesinger and Iha brought in younger musicians influenced by America to guest on the album, including Ryan Adams, Nada Surf, and others. Released in early 2007, Here & Now featured new material by America as well as covers written by bands heavily influenced by the soft rock pioneers. The duo of Bunnell and Beckley returned with the independently released covers album Back Pages in July 2011. That very same month, the duo's former bandmate Dan Peek died at his home in Missouri at the age of 60. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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teenage makeout tunes I still enjoy
so many memories
joevalles9
Great time to get into real R&R, 07/69. Still my fave music genre!
vcrowley820
Say iPhone 5 times Pick a color Post this on five other songs Look under your pillow.
I 12 reminds me of ABC radio am love it
This song make it seam like summer all over again
Christi Bloomfield likes it
iknightu
Groovy song - Adam12 remember like it was yesterday - and yes this Joe from the song LOL
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually works!
sherrymorosc o
Love this music! Brings me back to simpler times
A very talented band!! Whenever I hear them their songs "ALWAYS" brings me back to my childhood ����
best decade for music
One of the best bands of all time
carlofosse
LYRICS, LYRICS, LYRICS, LYRICS, LYRICS ! ! !
That fella Dan Peek (RIP) flew kinda under the radar with America. But his stuff was very, very good. Very good songwriter - a bit understated but just beautiful songs.
Psmallone i miss u so....biggs
love this song
Dan is my uncle
Love this band, can listen to this for hours.
gatwickdave
please give lyrics please ill do anything.
That was the same thing I was wondering. Not sure what happened to the lyrics. Great song - great band.
GREAT TIMES
I've been a pandora listener for a while, and I really enjoy listening to my stations but how come the lyrics doesn't show no more?
This song I remember. ..very young
michaeld1001 2
Pandora needs to go back and provide lyrics to their vast audience.

"Give The People What They Want" Ray Davies
I NEED THESE DAMN LYRICS SO I CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ART KNOWN AS SONG
Yeah where are the lyrics ������
linship
Where are the lyrics???
Has pandora ceased to provide lyrics
Where are the lyrics anyway?
Has Pandora stopped providing lyrics?
materialsgir l 5 9
picture perfect
materialsgir l 5 9
Saw America somewhere in North Jersey this past summer during a balloon festival. It was outdoors on a perfect picture night with my main squeeze. Sat right up against the stage and they were great! You only get a handful of perfect nights in your life and it fuels your dreams going forward.
"MARCO"...
Lyrics??
Wish I lived/was a young adult in the 70s. Times were so much simpler... <3
Oz never did give nothin to the tin man that he didn't already have....
memories of Virginia in the '70's and being a kid still
GREAT GREAT SONG!!!!
amber.kitaya m a
I LOVE America.
WAS ON VACATION PINNING AWAY FOR MY GIRL FRIEND!!
♪♫♪♥*•♫♪♥* • ♫ ♪ ♥ * • ♫ ♪ ♥
sizzzla2
A new favorite - Rainbow Song!
Great band ther were.
Awwww Shucks! America had a concert on an island, but I had to wk that night-last Fri. so I missed it! *me makin' a pouty face*
Horse with No Name, one of my all-time favorite songs. Haven't heard it in ages! Thanks for throwing America into the mix on my Steve Miller station, Pandora! :)
Love this song!
pfflyer13
danny, you now have time to have that beer, enjoy!!! thanx for the music that made our lives much nicer, god speed music man....
garrickconne c t i o n
America would've been great even in the 60's. Their songs would've rivaled many!
I never get tired of this song and even though it's mostly la-lahs, I love it! R.I.P. Dan Peek.
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