America at Atlanta Symphony Hall on April 1st

America (the band) - Photography by Bonnie M. Morét
America: Rich Campbell, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, Ryland Steen and Bill Worrell
 Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

America is a rock band that 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.  Shortly after the members' graduation from high school, a record deal with Warner Bros. Records was in the works. 

Their first album was recorded at Trident Studios in London and produced by Ian Samwell.  Jeff Dexter, Ian's roommate was involved with the music business himself. He co-produced the album and became the trio's manager. 

The debut album was released in 1971 to only moderate success, although it sold well in the Netherlands, where Dexter had taken them as a training ground to practice their craft. Samwell and Dexter subsequently brought the trio to Morgan Studios to record several additional songs.  One of them was a Bunnell composition called "Desert Song." 

The song had its public debut at The Harrogate Festival, four days later, to great audience response. After several performances and a TV show, it was re-titled "A Horse with No Name."   The song became a major worldwide hit in early 1972. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in March 1972. America's debut album was re-released with the hit song added and quickly went platinum.  

Dan Peek left the group in May 1977, to begin his solo career.  He was an early pioneer of Christian music.  He died in his sleep on  July 24, 2011. 

With over forty years in the music business and a myriad of hits, the sound of America continues. Below are the set list from their performance and highlights Atlanta Symphony Hall on April 1st:

Set List: 

Tin Man
You Can Do Magic
Don't Cross the River
Daisy Jane
Riverside
I Need You
Here
Ventura Highway
Driving
Woodstock - (Joni Mitchell cover)
Cornwall Blank / Hollywood
'Til I Hear It From You - (Gin Blossoms cover)
The Border
Green Monkey
Woman Tonight
Only in Your Heart
California Dreamin' - (The Mamas & the Papas cover)
Lonely People
Sandman
Sister Golden Hair  

Encore:
A Horse With No Name



America (the band) - Photography by Bonnie M. Morét
Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Ryland Steen.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

America (the band) - Photography by Bonnie M. Morét
Dewey Bunnell
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Rich Campbell, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, Ryland Steen and Bill Worrell
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Gerry Beckley
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Ryland Steen.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Dewey Bunnell
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Gerry Beckley
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Rich Campbell and Dewey Bunnell
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

For information about Atlanta Symphony Hall, visit www.atlantasymphony.org.

For information about America, visit www.venturahighway.com.
 

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.