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America

America

consisted of Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley. They were famous for such songs as Horse With No Name and Sister Golden Hair. America were musicians who sang in the early 1970's and had several top ten hits. Three guys, Dewey, Gerry, and Dan Peek met when in high school. They formed a group they called Daze in London. They were a quartet but the fourth member was short lived as he dropped out early in their careers. Then the changed their name to America. They were in the U. K. Because their dads were all in the Air Force and stationed there. They got a contract with promoter Jeff Dexter and soon they were signed with Warner Bros. Records. In the fall of 1970 they recorded their debut album in London with producers Ian Samwell and Jeff Dexter. Their debut single was Horse With No Name and it was released at the end of 1971. By January of 1972 the song had reached the number three position on the charts in the U. K. Their album made it to number 14 on the charts. When they returned to America the group began a tour with the Everly Brothers as their supporting act. The Horse With No Name became a number one hit in America in the spring of that year. Their song I Need You also became a hit at the top of the charts that summer and their song Ventura Highway became the third top ten hit in December of 1972. Ventura Highway was from their second album. The group won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for1972. They received this in January of 1973.

The group is still making music today. Dan Peek left the group after the audiences began to decline in 1976 and became a contemporary Christian recording artist. Their producers also brought in some new young blood to the group. They are Ryan Adams, Nada Surf, and some others. They will be on the new albums that are being released. The America group wanted to keep their style of music but the producers also wanted the guests on the albums. Many albums are produced this way in the recording business today. There are many of the old time rock and roll stars still singing away and they sound just like they did beck in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. The era of rock and roll definitely will not or should I say has not been forgotten. There were many other names we will not soon forget. Names like The Beach Boys, Elvis, Bobby Brown, Barry Manilow, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, among many, many others will not be forgotten.