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ALBUMS:
Release date: December 29, 1971 America
   
Release date: November 15, 1972 Homecoming
   
Release date: October 19, 1973 Hat Trick
   
Release date: June 1974 Holiday
   
Release date: March 19, 1975 Hearts
   
Release date: April 9, 1976 Hideaway
   
Release date: February 15, 1977 Harbor
   
Release date: June 15, 1979 Silent Letter
   
Release date: August 15, 1980 Alibi
   
Release date: July 15, 1982 View from the Ground
   
Release date: June 3, 1983 Your Move
   
Release date: September 21, 1984 Perspective
   
Release date: May 17, 1994 Hourglass
   
Release date: September 1998 Human Nature
   
Release date: January 16, 2007 Here & Now
   
Release date: July 26, 2011 Back Pages


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 BunnellDan 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 BunnellPeek, 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 MartinHoliday 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 AdamsNada 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.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/america-mn0000019297/biography
| Closed on 11/23/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
10 Fans 
60%a. 10 (Great Band)
30%b. 7-9 (Liked most of their songs)
10%c. 5-6 (Liked a couple songs)
0%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)
0%e. What?!?!? A horse with no make?!?! WOAH! :O

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#10 | 171 days ago

I liked them tons, always been huge fan of acoustic band. They were one of my favorite. Their harmonies and guitar work were great. "Horse with no Name"  had just two chords in it, easy to play and sing. A knucklehead in high school who could perform this tune would be considered cool in certain circles of bell bottom jeans, chucks, and American flag wearing folks.

I know this.
10 (Great Band)  
  
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#1 | 175 days ago

(Edited by ms_hippie_queen)
i love this band so much it hurts. what the hell is "alligator lizards in the air" supposed to mean? i don't care, i love it.

most importantly, their sound plays a massive role in a childhood/adult memory i treasure


i'm aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive.....! i'm aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyeeeiive...."

oh my god. and "walkin maaaan's road..."
10 (Great Band)  
#2 | 175 days ago

Good childhood memories for me too.

A Horse with No Name
Ventura Highway
Sister Golden Hair
Sandman
Muskrat Love
Tin Man
You Can Do Magic
California Dreamin
7-9 (Liked most of their songs)  
#3 | 175 days ago

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
i love this band so much it hurts. what the hell is "alligator lizards in the air" supposed to mean? i don't care, i love it.

most importantly, their sound plays a massive role in a childhood/adult memory i treasure


i'm aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive.....! i'm aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyeeeiive...."

oh my god. and "walkin maaaan's road..."
That was a reference to the cloud shapes that the lead singer saw as a child one day while driving with his parents in the car.
7-9 (Liked most of their songs)  
#4 | 175 days ago

LOVED EM...........GREAT SONGS...........saw them a few years ago and would see them again if I get the chance...............yes
#5 | 175 days ago

doesn't that dude in the middle kinda look like Val Kilmer?

Great Band!
10 (Great Band)  
#6 | 175 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
doesn't that dude in the middle kinda look like Val Kilmer?

Great Band!
it's his mouth!
7-9 (Liked most of their songs)  
#7 | 175 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
it's his mouth!
cheekbones is what i was thinking
10 (Great Band)  
#8 | 175 days ago

I always felt sorry for that horse..going through life without a name. It coulda been worse though if he had been named Glue.cheeky
10 (Great Band)  
#9 | 174 days ago

.................. don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide...........
7-9 (Liked most of their songs)  
#10 | 171 days ago

I liked them tons, always been huge fan of acoustic band. They were one of my favorite. Their harmonies and guitar work were great. "Horse with no Name"  had just two chords in it, easy to play and sing. A knucklehead in high school who could perform this tune would be considered cool in certain circles of bell bottom jeans, chucks, and American flag wearing folks.

I know this.
10 (Great Band)  
#11 | 165 days ago

(Edited by hclcdestin)
One of my favorites!
7-9 (Liked most of their songs)  

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