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America is a rock band, formed in England in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met as sons of U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began performing live.

America achieved significant popularity in the 1970s, and was famous for the trio's close vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk sound. This popularity was confirmed by 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. Their debut 1971 self-titled album America, produced the transatlantic hits "A Horse with No Name" and "I Need You"; Homecoming (1972) produced the single "Ventura Highway"; and Hat Trick (1973), a modest success on the charts which fared poorly in sales, produced one minor hit song "Muskrat Love". 1974's Holiday featured the hits "Tin Man" and "Lonely People"; and 1975's Hearts 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 multi-platinum in the United States and Australia. Peek left the group in 1977 and their commercial fortunes declined, despite a brief return to the top in 1982 with the single "You Can Do Magic".

Four decades into their career, the group continues to record material and tour with regularity. Their 2007 album Here & Now was a collaboration with a new generation of musicians who credited the band as an influence. America won a Grammy for Best New Artist at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards. The group has also been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 America America 8
1972 Homecoming America 9
1973 Hat Trick America 3
1974 Holiday America 5
1975 Hearts America 7
1976 Hideaway America 3 2
1977 Harbor America 2
1979 Silent Letter America 2
1980 Alibi America 1
1982 View From the Ground America 3 3
1983 Your Move America 3
1984 Perspective America 1
1994 Hourglass America 1
1998 Human Nature America 4 3
2002 Holiday Harmony America 2
2006 Here & Now America 8
2011 Back Pages America 1
2015 Lost + Found America 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 History: America’s Greatest Hits America 3.85 7
1991 Encore: More Greatest Hits America 1
1991 The Very Best America 1
1995 Ventura Highway & Other Favorites America 1
1996 Premium Gold Collection America 2
1996 You Can Do Magic America 2 1
2000 Highway: 30 Years of America America 1
2001 The Definitive America America 5 1
2001 The Complete Greatest Hits America 5 2
2004 A Horse With No Name and Other Hits America 2
2006 The Definitive Pop Collection America 2
2008 The Essential America America 4 1
2012 Original Album Series (America / Homecoming / Hat Trick / Holiday / Hearts) America 2 2
2013 The Complete Warner Brothers Collection (America / Homecoming / Hat Trick / Holiday / Hearts / Hideaway / Harbor) America 1
2015 The Warner Bros. Years 1971 - 1977 America 1
LG076 America / James Taylor 1
Mis Momentos America 1
Special America 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 America Live America 3
1985 In Concert America 2
1996 King Biscuit Flower Hour America 1
1998 A Horse With No Name America 1
1999 Live America 1
2001 Horse With No Name America 1
2001 Live at Santa Barbara, June 1st, 1985 America 1
2002 The Grand Cayman Concert America 1
2002 Ventura Highway America 1
2004 Struttin' Our Stuff America 1
2007 America & Friends: Live at the Ventura Theater America feat. Andrew Gold & Stephen Bishop 1
2009 Live in Concert: Wildwood Springs America 2
2009 Live in Central Park 1979 America 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Last Unicorn Jimmy Webb / America 4 4

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 I Need You America 1
1989 A Horse With No Name America 1
A Horse With No Name / I Need You America 2

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Here & Now Sampler America 1

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