America (US folk/soft rock band)

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America is a rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began performing live. Achieving significant popularity in the 1970s, the trio was famous for its close vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk rock sound. The band released a string of hit albums and singles, many of which found airplay on pop/soft rock stations.

The band came together shortly after the members' graduation from high school, and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records followed. Its debut 1971 album, America, included the transatlantic hits "A Horse with No Name" and "I Need You"; Homecoming (1972) included the single "Ventura Highway"; and Hat Trick (1973), a modest success on the charts that fared poorly in sales, included one minor charting song, "Muskrat Love". Holiday (1974) featured the hits "Tin Man" and "Lonely People"; and Hearts (1975) generated the number one single "Sister Golden Hair" alongside "Daisy Jane". History: America's Greatest Hits, a compilation of hit singles, was released the same year and was certified multiplatinum in the United States and Australia. Peek left the group in 1977 and their commercial fortunes declined, despite a return to the top 10 in 1982 with the single "You Can Do Magic". The band's final Top 40 hit was "The Border", which reached no. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

The group continues to record material and tour with regularity. Its 2007 album Here & Now was a collaboration with a new generation of musicians who credited the band as an influence. America won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and were nominated for Best Pop Vocal Group at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards in 1973. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1971AmericaAmerica3.3510
1972HomecomingAmerica312
1973Hat TrickAmerica36
1974HolidayAmerica39
1975HeartsAmerica39
1976HideawayAmerica36
1977HarborAmerica37
1979Silent LetterAmerica5
1980AlibiAmerica3
1982View From the GroundAmerica35
1983Your MoveAmerica35
1984PerspectiveAmerica3
1994HourglassAmerica1
1998Human NatureAmerica43
2002Holiday HarmonyAmerica4
2006Here & NowAmerica9
2011Back PagesAmerica4
2015Lost + FoundAmerica32

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1975History: America’s Greatest HitsAmerica410
1984SpecialAmerica1
1991Encore: More Greatest HitsAmerica1
1991The Very BestAmerica1
1992Ventura Highway & Other FavoritesAmerica3
1996Premium Gold CollectionAmerica4
1996You Can Do MagicAmerica21
1998A Horse With No NameAmerica21
19992 CDsAmerica1
2000Highway: 30 Years of AmericaAmerica2
2001The Definitive AmericaAmerica4.52
2001The Complete Greatest HitsAmerica52
2004A Horse With No Name and Other HitsAmerica2
2006Silent Letter / AlibiAmerica31
2006The Definitive Pop CollectionAmerica2
2008The Essential AmericaAmerica41
2011HitsAmerica3
2012Original Album Series (America / Homecoming / Hat Trick / Holiday / Hearts)America2.52
2013The Complete WB Collection 1971–1977America2
2015The Warner Bros. Years 1971–1977America42
2015Archives, Vol. 1America3
2019Classic Album CollectionAmerica2
201950th Anniversary: The CollectionAmerica2
Mis MomentosAmerica1

Album + Demo

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2017Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973America2
2020Heritage II: Demos/Alternate Takes 1971-1976America1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1977America LiveAmerica38
1985In ConcertAmerica2
1996King Biscuit Flower HourAmerica1
2001Horse With No NameAmerica1
2001In ConcertAmerica1
2001Live at Santa Barbara, June 1st, 1985America1
2002The Grand Cayman ConcertAmerica3
2002Ventura HighwayAmerica1
2004Struttin’ Our StuffAmerica2
2006America & Friends: Live at the Ventura TheaterAmerica feat. Andrew Gold & Stephen Bishop2
2008America In Concert - Live At The Sydney Opera HouseAmerica1
2008Live in Concert: Wildwood SpringsAmerica3
2008Live in Central Park 1979America2
2011Full Moon in Philadelphia (Live 1972)America4
2018Live in ChicagoAmerica1

Album + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1982The Last UnicornJimmy Webb; America44

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1971I Need YouAmerica1
1972A Horse With No NameAmerica1
1975Daisy Jane / TomorrowAmerica1
1982You Can Do MagicAmerica1
1989A Horse With No NameAmerica51
1994Hope (From the Album Hourglass)America1
2019Houses in WhiteLes Deux Love Orchestra, America, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley & Bobby Wood1
2020RememberingAmerica1
A Horse With No Name / I Need YouAmerica2

Single + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2012Horse With No NameAmerica1
2012I Need YouAmerica1
2012Sister Golden HairAmerica1
2012Ventura HighwayAmerica1

Single + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2019Houses in White (America 50th Anniversary remix)America & Les Deux Love Orchestra1

EP + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2011A Horse With No Name: LiveAmerica1
2012Live at the TroubadourAmerica1

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