Ambrosia









Ambrosia

Ambrosia

was a musical group which was formed in the Los Angeles area in the 1970's. The original members are David Pack (guitar and lead vocalist), Joe Puerta (bass player and vocalist), Christopher North (keyboard player), and Burleigh Drummond (drums and vocalist). The members of Ambrosia grew up in The South Bay area and later chose San Pedro as their hometown. The members were influenced by The beach Boys, and The beatles. They could sing ballads or they could sing rock and roll, and they did a great job of any style they sang. They knew how to harmonize very well. In the beginning, the group experimented with their harmonies to get the feel they all were comfortable with. They admired Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. In 1971, Zubin Mehta (Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor), discovered the group when Ambrosia was featured as a part of the All American Dream Concert. It was 4 years later before the group acquired a recording contract.

Major influences in the bands lives were Yes, The Who, The Allman Brothers, The Sons of Champlin, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Genesis,, and Gentle Giant. Ambrosia was the groups first album and was released in 1975. From the album came 2 singles, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, and Holdin’ On To Yesterday. The album was nominated for an Award for Best Engineered Recording. Ambrosia had a connection with the Alan Parsons Project in that their first album was engineered by Alan Parsons and he also produced the second album for them. The four members of Ambrosia also played on the first Alan Parsons Project album. The songs they played on it were, Tales of Mystery and Imagination. David Pack also played on the Alan Parsons Project album, Try Anything Once in 1993, and co-wrote, played, and provided vocals on two of the songs on the album.

The group toured a lot and returned in 1976 to release Somewhere I’ve never traveled. The album was the progressive rock music. This album also received a Grammy nomination. The band then signed on with the Warner Bros. Records. The band was involved in several projects besides just recording. They did a Magical Mystery Tour and had a Top 40 hit and they have used it in their live shows. They released, Life Beyond LA in 1978, making this their third album. They toured with Fleetwood Mac and the Doobie Brothers. In 1980, One Eighty, was released and it was a smash hit. From the album came two of the year’s biggest hits. They were You’re the Only Woman (reached number 13 on the chart), and The Biggest Part of Me (reached number 3 on the chart). The group had a total of 10 albums and singles.