America Band Live and In Concert…A Horse With No Name and Other Hits

America Live in Concert, Atlantic City, New Jersey
America Live in Concert, Atlantic City, New Jersey | Source

The Hit Band, America

A Horse With No Name”, “Sister Golden Hair”, and “You Can Do Magic”…these are just a few of the many hits by the band, America. You have most probably heard one or more songs by America on the radio, but chances are, you might not realize how many amazing hits they’ve had over the years.

In May, 2014, I had the privilege of seeing the band, America live and in concert. It was a wonderful concert and our seats were amazingly close, so it was even more spectacular. They played all their hits, and all the songs sounded exactly like the originals. Overall, the band was excellent.

A Horse With No Name

2014 America Concert Photos

America Concert, 2014
America Concert, 2014 | Source
America Concert, 2014
America Concert, 2014 | Source
America Concert, 2014
America Concert, 2014 | Source

History of America Band

America is an American rock band formed in 1970 by three musicians, who first met and first performed in London. The trio consisted of Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley, sons of American fathers, who were in the service and stationed in London, and British mothers. Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley were born in American, and Dewey Bunnell was born in London.

They formed their band shortly after they graduated London Central High School. Their first album, entitled “America” produced two major hit songs: “A Horse With No Name”, and “I Need You”. In subsequent albums, they achieved success with songs such as “Ventura Highway”, “Tin Man”, “Lonely People”, and “Sister Golden Hair”.

Dan Peek left the band in 1977. They had another big hit in 1982 with the song “You Can Do Magic”.

You Can Do Magic

America Hit Song List

Song
Year
Sung By
A Horse With No Name
1971
Dewey Bunnell
I Need You
1971
Gerry Beckley
Lonely People
1974
Catherine Peek, Dan Peek
Sister Golden Hair
1975
Gerry Beckley
Tin Man
1974
Dewey Bunnell w/Gerry Buckley
Ventura Highway
1972
Dewey Bunnell
You Can Do Magic
1982
Gerry Beckley

The Original Trio

America Band Members
America Band Members | Source
Dewey Bunnell, 2012
Dewey Bunnell, 2012 | Source
Gerry Beckley, 2012
Gerry Beckley, 2012 | Source

Where Are They Now?

After their string of hits in the 70’s and 80's, Dewey Bunnell and Gery Beckley continued to write and record music, as well as perform, for over four decades. They continue touring and performing live concerts.

After Dan Peek left the band in 1977, he released his first solo album, All Things Are Possible in 1978. Over the years, there was talk of the trio getting back together, but it never occurred.

Dan Peek passed away in his home in 2011 at the age of 60.

In 2002, America released their first Christmas album, named Holiday Harmony.

In 2007, America collaborated with Adam Schlesinger, and his musical partner, James Iha (previously with the group, the Smashing Pumpkins), and released an album entitled Here and Now. It was their first studio album since 1984. They released a follow-up album called Back Pages in 2011.

In 2012, America received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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4 comments

christinemariezzz 24 months ago

easy learning web,

Your hub put me in a seat next to you.

....you may not realize how many amazing hits...

You've taken time to reveal the efforts a musician takes in "forming", "touring" "performing"REAL WORDS that are able to stay for a long time. Real people, people who lived and then died for our listening pleasure.

Glad you assembled these anecdotes.

-christinemarie


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easylearningweb 24 months ago Author

Dear Christine, What lovely comments you have written and I am most appreciative, and so very glad that you like this hub. Over the last few years I have attended more concerts and live performances and I realized that I love them so much. This one especially was so much fun, the hit songs were incredible, the band was excellent, and the seating was the best!

Thank you again!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

I have always loved the band America ever since 'Horse With No Name'. One of my favourite animated movies (and my kids too) was 'The Last Unicorn' and America sang the soundtrack for it. If you haven't seen it you should seek it out.


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easylearningweb 23 months ago Author

Jodah, glad you liked thid hub and thanks for telling me about "The Last Unicorn". I haven't seen it but I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!

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