Friday July 4, 2008
Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by Uncle Sam, Red, White & Blue, hamburgers and potato salad. Today's Friday Flashback is also brought to you by the 8-track stereo and vinyl seat covers. 'Cause that's what I think of when I hear America.
Interestingly enough, America was formed in London ('bout 1972). All three original members, Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell (I wonder if they called him "Buns"?) and Dan Peek had British mothers and American fathers. Their fathers were members of the US Air Force and were among the military personnel stationed at West Ruislip, London.
The America sound is comprised mostly of acoustic guitars and carries a Crosby, Stills and Nashish 3-part harmony in the vocals. (Maybe David Crosby gave his DNA earlier than we thought? Confused? Go here.) The America name was used in honor of the country all three loved but never saw enough of. They released 18 albums and many successful singles. Of those 18 albums, 7 of them were produced by a gent named George Martin. Coincidentally, Martin was the A-list producer for a band called the Beatles. Maybe you've heard of them.
I need you - Tin Man Song - Horse With No Name - You Can Do Magic - Daisy Jane - Sister Golden Hair - Ventura Highway - Muskrat Love