‘Cause the free wind is blowin’ through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards int he air, in the air
Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger than moonshine
We’re gonna go, I know
Remember these lines?
Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. A band called America.
Well, Gerry and Dewey are still at it and on February 22nd, they will perform at the new Arcadia Performing Arts Center.*
Beckley was born to an American father and an English mother. In 1967, Beckley’s father became the commander at the United States Air Force base at West Ruislip, near London. Gerry attended London Central High School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, where he played in various school bands and met his soon-to-be bandmates, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek. Originally the group played on Friday nights at the local American teen club, mostly doing acoustic covers of Crosby, Stills and Nash tunes. The original drummer was a classmate, Dave Atwood. America got a recording contract with the UK division of Warner Brothers Records. Beginning with their fourth album, Holiday, they began recording under the auspices of former Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Beckley and Bunnell said the name was inspired from an “Americana” jukebox on the base where they lived when they were forming the band – from PRI, Bob Edwards Weekend interview of Beckley and Bunnell, March 17, 2007.
A Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair, Tin Man, Daisy Jane, Lonely People, Don’t Cross the River, Muskrat Love, Only in Your Heart…
Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 8-11 p.m.
Arcadia Performing Arts Center
188 Campus Dr. at N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia 91007
Tickets: $49.50-$99.50 (details here)
For complete info, visit ArcadiaPAF.org
*Dan Peek died July 24, 2011.