In 1970 three young musicians, who’s fathers were stationed with the military in London met and formed a band they called America in homage to their homeland. The trio, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley found success with their soft rock sound.
They hit the charts in Europe and then in the U.S. with songs like “A Horse with No Name”, "Ventura Highway", and “I Need You”.
Success was not immediate, until in 1974 they teamed up with producer George Martin to produce their second album, Holiday. George Martin suggested that they emphasize their acoustic talents, and the rest is history. That album contained several more hit singles like “Tin Man”, and “Lonely People”. America had arrived.
Today’s song Sister Golden Hair was released as a single in 1975 and their second single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for one week.
In 1975 the album History: America’s Greatest Hits, was released. The album was a compilation of the bands hit singles and was certified multiplatinum in the United States and Australia. After few years absence they returned to the charts in 1982 with their hit single “You Can Do Magic”.
America won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1973. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Here is one of my favorite songs from the band America, Sister Golden Hair.