Gerry Beckley
Biography, discography & family tree

Gerry Beckley was born September 12th 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas.

During Highschool he started his first band, but that didn't last long, as his father who worked for the US air forcehad to move to another location.

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In 1968 the Beckley family moved to England and Gerry Beckley started another band, the CORPORATION. This band didn't last long though.

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The next group he started he called DAZE. Brothers Bob and Chris Merrill were the rhythm group and Gerry Beckley played popular songs as well as his own material.

DAZE 1 1968
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After one of the concerts of DAZE a young man, who had also come to England with his parents, came backstage to discuss music with Gerry Beckley. This young man was Dan Peek who had travelled the world with his family, Dan Peek had always played music and he liked the way the DAZE played. After just a few weeks Dan Peek joined the DAZE and together they performed whenever there was a chance to do so.

DAZE 2 1968 - 1969
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In 1969 Dan Peek left the DAZE again to start something on his own. He lost contact with Gerry Beckley - but only for a short while. Gerry Beckley met another American whose father had come to England for military service. This young American was Dewey Bunnell who also had started to write his own songs. During the summer of 1969 he joined the DAZE.

DAZE 3 1969
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Merrill
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Dewey Bunnell
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But at the end of 1969 Dewey Bunnell left again to concentrate on school work. Now the DAZE had returned to the trio size the group had started with.

DAZE 4 1969
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After the DAZE Gerry Beckley forms another group, FOLLOW THE BUFFALO. Even though the critics like that band, Gerry Beckley already has a new idea.

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At the end of 1969 Gerry Beckley refreshed his contacts with Dan Peek and Dewey Bunnell and within no time the three friends started playing together. They had not found a name yet, but they enjoyed playing together.

BECKLEY - PEEK - BUNNELL
1969
Gerry
Beckley
gtr/vcl
Dan
Peek
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Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl

People from the music business soon started to look for the group. There were many record companies interested to sign the trio, but they were not yet interested. After completing their first demo recordings the group was sent to another studio to work on their musical style. When they were discussing a possible name for their group they saw an old jukebox with the name Americana written on it. They started to discuss how much they'd like to be back in America again and so they decided to call themselves AMERICA.

Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek formed AMERICA in 1969 in England. After completing their first demo recordings the group was sent to another studio to work on their musical style. The resulting recordings were released in 1971 as their debut album. The first single release "A Horse With No Name" immediately jumped to the top of the charts. The single flip-side - "Everyone I Met Is From California" was for a long time one of the rarest tracks released by AMERICA.

AMERICA 1 69 - 72
Gerry
Beckley

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Dewey Bunnell
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Peek

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AMERICA singles
1971: AMERICA - A Horse With No Name (Dewey Bunnell) b/w Everyone I Meet Is From California (Dan Peek) (Warner Brothers 7555)
1972: AMERICA - A Horse With No Name (Dewey Bunnell) b/w Sandman (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers)
1972: AMERICA - I Need You (Gerry Beckley) b/w Riverside (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers 7580)
1972: AMERICA - Ventura Highway (Dewey Bunnell) b/w Saturn Nights (Dan Peek) (Warner Brothers 7641)
1973: AMERICA - Don't Cross The River (Dan Peek) b/w To Each His Own (Gerry Beckley) (Warner Brothers 7670)
1973: AMERICA - Don't Cross The River (Dan Peek) b/w Till The Sun Comes Up Again (Warner Brothers)
1973: AMERICA - Only In Your Heart (Gerry Beckley) b/w Moon Song (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers 7694)

AMERICA album
1972: AMERICA - America (Warner Brothers BS 2576)
1972: AMERICA - Homecoming (Warner Brothers K46 180)

The first album by the group simply was called "America". It was released in 1971 in England. Once their debut album had become a success AMERICA returned to the studio, to record the follow up album. In the studio they were assisted by session musicians on bass and drums. "Homecoming" becomes another success for AMERICA. During their concerts in Europe and America it became clear that they needed drums and bass for their concerts.

In between tours and recording with AMERICA Gerry Beckley also started to do some session work.

Gerry Beckley session
1972: Mike Hugg - Somewhere (Polydor 2383140)

The group started to look for the right musicians. They met David Dickey and he became the bass player for AMERICA. During the recordings of their third album "Hattrick" Hal Blaine, who already had played on the "Homecoming" sessions, joined the band. Due to his work as a session musician he could not join AMERICA full time.

AMERICA 2 72 - 73
Gerry
Beckley

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Dewey Bunnell
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Dan
Peek

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David
Dickey

bs/vcl
Hal
Blaine

dr/pcs

AMERICA singles
1973: AMERICA - Muskrat Love (Willie Alan Ramsey) b/w Cornwall Blank (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers 7725)
1973: AMERICA - Rainbow Song (Dewey Bunnell) b/w Willow Tree Lullaby (Dan Peek) (Warner Brothers 7760)
1974: AMERICA - She's Gonna Let You Down (Gerry Beckley) b/w Green Monkey (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers 7785)
1974: AMERICA - Green Monkey (Dewey Bunnell) b/w Rainbow Song (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers)

AMERICA album
1973: AMERICA - Hattrick (Warner Brothers WPCP 4495)

After the release of "Hattrick" AMERICA was introduced to George Martin, the former producer of the BEATLES, in 1974. He liked the music of AMERICA and he already had some ideas to enrich the sound of the group.

George Martin accepted to produce the next album in England. During this time AMERICA met Willie Leacox, a drummer who really fit into the group. Now AMERICA was able to play all instruments they needed.

AMERICA 3 73 - 75
Gerry
Beckley

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Dewey Bunnell
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Dan
Peek

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David
Dickey

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Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

With George Martin the group was able to become superstars. He gave all the freedom the group needed to them but when it came to the final arrangements he helped with all his experience. The first result of their cooperation was the album "Holiday". The album was the biggest success of AMERICA up to that point. Their next joint album "Hearts" repeats the success and the single "Sister Golden Hair" climbs the charts all over the world. When the record company decided to release a "Best Of..." album in 1975 ("History Of America") George Martin remixed some of their older recordings to make them sound fresher. For the next years AMERICA were either playing concerts or recording new material. The group seemed to be everywhere.

AMERICA singles
1974: AMERICA - Tin Man (Dewey Bunnell) b/w In The Country (Dan Peek) (Warner Brothers 7839)
1974: AMERICA - Lonely People (Dan & Catherine Peek) b/w Mad Dog (Gerry Beckley) (Warner Brothers WBS 8048)
1975: AMERICA - Sister Golden Hair (Gerry Beckley) b/w Midnight ((Dewey Bunnell / Gerry Beckley) (Warner Brothers WBS 8086)
1975: AMERICA - Con Tu Pelo Tan Dorado (Gerry Beckley / J. M. Pater) b/w Company (Dewey Bunnell) (E: Hispa Vox 45-1287 (SN))
1975: AMERICA - Daisy Jane (Gerry Beckley) b/w Tomorrow (Dan Peek) (Warner Brothers WBS 8118)
1975: AMERICA - Daisy Jane (Gerry Beckley) b/w Woman Tonight (Dan Peek) (Warner Brothers)
1975: AMERICA - Woman Tonight (Dan Peek) b/w Bell Tree (Gerry Beckley) (Warner Brothers WBS 8157)
1976: AMERICA - Simple Life (Dan Peek) b/w A Horse With No Name (Dewey Bunnell) (JPN: Warner Brothers P-101W)

AMERICA album
1974: AMERICA - Holiday (Warner Brothers K 56 045)
1975: AMERICA - Hearts (Warner Brothers BS 2852)

In 1974 and 1975 Gerry Beckley continued to do session work.

Gerry Beckley session
1974: Dan Fogelberg - Souvenirs (Epic EK33137)
1975: David Blue - Com'n Back Fro More (Asylum 1043)
1975: David Cassidy - The Higher They Climb The Harder They Fall (RCA 11066)

In 1975 David Dickey did not want to go to Europe with AMERICA so he was temporarily replaced by Calvin Samuels, who had played with CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG in the early seventies. During their tour of Europe AMERICA also plays in the GERMAN TV show "Musikladen". This concert is released on a special video CD and on an audio CD in 1995. The concerts is also released on DVD 2001.

AMERICA 4 75
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Samuels

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AMERICA album
1975: AMERICA - Horse With No Name (Mastertone MM501) (Video CD + Audio CD of German Musikladen concert)

AMERICA DVD
1975: AMERICA - Musikladen Live (Radio Bremen 4 031778 120078) (released 2001)

After their return to America David Dickey returned to the group just in time to record the album "Hideaway".

AMERICA 5 75 - 76
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Beckley

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AMERICA singles
1976: AMERICA - Today's The Day (Dan Peek) b/w Hideaway Part 2 (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers WBS 8212)
1976: AMERICA - Today's The Day (Dan Peek) b/w Amber Cascades (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers)
1976: AMERICA - Amber Cascades (Dewey Bunnell) b/w Who Loves You (Gerry Beckley) (Warner Brothers WBS 8238)
1976: AMERICA - She's A Liar (Gerry Beckley) b/w She's Beside You (Dan Peek) (Warner Brothers)

AMERICA album
1976: AMERICA - Hideaway (Warner Brothers WPCP 4791)

In 1976 Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek added Jim Calire (keyboards and saxophone) and Tom Walsh (percussion) to the line up. This new augmented group followed George Martin to Hawaii, to spent holidays and to record their next album at the same time.

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Dickey

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Willie
Leacox

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Jimmy
Calire

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Tom
Walsh

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AMERICA singles
1977: AMERICA - God Of The Sun (Gerry Beckley) b/w Down To The Water (Dewey Bunnell) (Warner Brothers 8373)
1977: AMERICA - Don't Cry Baby (Dan Peek) b/w Monster (Gerry Beckley) (Warner Brothers)
1977: AMERICA - Slow Down (Dan Peek) b/w Sarah (Gerry Beckley) (Warner Brothers)

AMERICA album
1977: AMERICA - Harbor (Warner Brothers WPCP 4792)

After another tour Dan Peek left AMERICA in 1977 to start a solo career. AMERICA continued as a six piece unit.

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Dickey

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Willie
Leacox

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Calire

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Tom
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During another tour in 1977, their first without Dan Peek, they recorded an album, which was released later on as "America Live".

AMERICA album
1977: AMERICA - Live (Warner Brothers 56434)

Gerry Beckley session
1976: David Cassidy - Home Is Where The Heart Is (RCA 1309)
1977: Ricci Martin - Beached (Epic 34834)
1977: Rick Danko - Rick Danko (Arista 4141)
1978: Dave Mason - Mariposa De Oro (Columbia 35285)
1978: Dan Peek - All Things Are Possible (MCA 3187)

At the beginning of 1978 Mike Woods joined AMERICA as an additional guitar player.

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Jimmy
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Tom
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During their lenghty tours the group was able to develope their own style. Jimmy Calire, who did not only play the keyboards but also added some fine saxophone playing, refreshed the music of AMERICA. The first release featuring the guitar of Mike Woods was a recording of the old MAMAS AND PAPAS song"California Dreaming", which they recorded for the doundtrack to the film of the same name. The live album was the last album AMERICA had to give to Warner Brothers. In 1978 Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley started to look for a new recording contract. Finally they signed a contract with Capitol Records. After signing the contract they went into a recording studio to record their first album for the new label. The album was released in 1979.

AMERICA recording
1978: AMERICA - California Dreaming (John & Michelle Phillips) (released on the soundtrack album "v.a. - California Dreaming"; American International AILP 3001)

AMERICA singles
1979: AMERICA - California Dreaming (John & Michelle Phillips) b/w ? (American International AI 700)
1979: AMERICA - Only Game In Town (Casey Kelly / Julie Didier / Lewis Anderson) b/w High In The City (Gerry Beckley / Dewey Bunnell) (Capitol 4752)
1979: AMERICA - All My Life (Gerry Beckley) b/w One Morning (Dewey Bunnell) (Capitol 4777)
1979: AMERICA - All Around (Gerry Beckley / Dewey Bunnell) b/w 1960 (Gerry Beckley) (Capitol 4817)

AMERICA album
1979: AMERICA - Silent Letter (Capitol 064-85 917)
1979: AMERICA - Live In Central Park (Pioneer) (Laser Disc)

AMERICA DVD
1979: AMERICA - Live In Central Park (EMI 724354 464294)

In 1980 Jim Calire and Tom Walsh left the group. AMERICA continued as a quintet. When the cooperation with George Martin also ended in 1980 Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley wanted to try a new way of recording. They did not bring their backing band to the studio but selected well known musicians to accompany them. Willie Leacox was the only group member to help a little bit with his percussion work. Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin were producing the sessions. The resulting album "Alibi" had the typical music of AMERICA, but on the other hand the album sounded different, because their were no orchestra sounds.

AMERICA singles
1980: AMERICA - You Could've Been The One (J. Batdorf / S. Sheridan) b/w Catch That Train (Dewey Bunnell) (Capitol)
1980: AMERICA - Hangover (Dewey Bunnell) b/w One In A Million (Gerry Beckley) (Capitol)
1980: AMERICA - Survival (Gerry Beckley) b/w Only Game In Town (Casey Kelly / Julie Didier / Lewis Anderson) (Capitol)
1980: AMERICA - Right Back To Me (Gerry Beckley) b/w ? (Capitol)

AMERICA album
1980: AMERICA - Alibi (Capitol 064-86 201)

The recording experiences led to the idea to transfer the new fresh sound to the concerts. Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley started to restructure AMERICA. Willie Leacox and Mike Woods stayed in the new line up but David Dickey who wanted to record his own compositions left AMERICA and joined BLUE STEEL.

AMERICA 9 80 - 81
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Beckley

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Dewey Bunnell
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Mike
Woods

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David
Dickey

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Willie
Leacox

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For the next tour of AMERICA Bryan Garofalo joined the group on a temporarily basis. But due to the fact that he was very busy with all the studio commitments he had, he could not join AMERICA permanently.

AMERICA 10 1981
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Woods

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Leacox

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In 1981 Brad Palmer, who had worked with Andrew Gold and Wendy Waldman in the past, joined AMERICA as their new bass player.

AMERICA 11 81 - 2002
Gerry
Beckley

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Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Mike
Woods

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Brad
Palmer

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Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

For the next recordings all members of AMERICA went to the recording studio, but Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley also used many session musicians for the recordings. The same was repeated for all of the studio recordings of the eighties. If one listens to the live recordings, which were recorded during the eighties ("King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents America In Concert" 1982 and "America In Concert" 1985), it is difficult to understand the reasons for this decision, as the live recordings in most cases sounded better than the studio recordings.

AMERICA singles
1982: AMERICA - You Can Do Magic (Russ Ballard) b/w Even The Score (Dewey Bunnell) (Capitol 5142)
1982: AMERICA - Right Before Your Eyes (Ian Thomas) b/w Inspector Mills (Gerry Beckley) (Capitol 5177)
1982: AMERICA - Jody (Russ Ballard) b/w Inspector Mills (Gerry Beckley) (Capitol)
1983: AMERICA - The Border (Russ Ballard / Dewey Bunnell) b/w Sometimes Lovers (Gerry Beckley) (Capitol 5236)
1983: AMERICA - Cast The Spirit (Russ Ballard) b/w My Dear (Dewey Bunnell) (Capitol 5275)
1984: AMERICA - Special Girl (E. Schwartz / D. Tyson) b/w Unconditional Love (Gerry Beckley) (Capitol 5398)
1984: AMERICA - (Can't Fall Asleep To A) Lullaby (Dewey Bunnell / Steve Perry / Bill Mumy / Robert Haimer) b/w Fallin' Off The World (Dewey Bunnell / Bill Mumy) (Capitol 5430)

AMERICA album
1982: AMERICA - View From The Ground (Capitol 064-400 111)
1982: AMERICA - The Last Unicorn (Virgin 205 732)
1982: AMERICA - King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents America In Concert (King Biscuit Flower Hour Records 07108 80012) (released 1995)
1983: AMERICA - Your Move (Capitol 064 7122771)
1984: AMERICA - Perspective (Capitol 064-24 0216)
1985: AMERICA - In Concert (Capitol 064-24 0385)

Gerry Beckley session
1980: Matthew McCauley - Middle Age Crazy (Soundtrack album; ?) (Gerry Beckley and Lisa Del Bello duet vocals on "Now That I Know")
1982: Jimmy Webb - Angel Heart (Columbia/Legacy/Lorimar 66654)
1984: Dan Peek - Doer Of The Word (Home Sweet Home RO 2111)
1985: PAPA DOO RUN RUN - California Project (Telarc 20501)
1987: Chris Christian - Higher Ways (Home Sweet Home Records)
1988: BARNES & BARNES - Zabagabee: The Best Of Barnes And Barnes (Rhino 70836)
1989: Chris Christian - Focus (Home Sweet Home)
1990: v.a. - Cry Baby (MCA 8038)
1992: CHIPMUNKS - Chipmunks In Low Places (Epic LK-53006)

After 1985 AMERICA seemed to have retired. There still were a few concerts but it should remain quiet till 1993. Rhino Records had asked AMERICA to record some new songs for a "Best Of..." compilation, which they were planning. "Encore" featured some new recordings. The five musicians really enjoyed their new cooperation in the studio and so they decided to become active again. In 1994 they released their first new album in almost ten years - "Hourglass". The next album was released in 1998 under the title "Human Nature". In 2000 Rhino released a 3-CD-retrospective covering the whole career of the group. The compilation even had some unreleased demo recordings. In 2001 another "Best of..." album was released and again this album had some new recordings. In 2002 AMERICA returned to their well known creativity. During the summer they recorded a christmas album together with Andrew Gold. Andrew Gold did not only produce the album but he also played all of the instruments.

AMERICA singles
1994: AMERICA - Young Moon (Dewey Bunnell / Gerry Beckley) (American Grammophone)
1994: AMERICA - Hope (Gerry Beckley) (American Grammophone)
1994: AMERICA - Last Two To Dance ( ? ) (?)
1998: AMERICA - From A Moving Train (Gerry Beckley) (Oxygene Records)
1998: AMERICA - Wednesday Morning (Gerry Beckley) ( Oxygene Records)
1998: AMERICA - Moment To Moment (Gerry Beckley / Phil Galdston) (Oxygene Records)

AMERICA album
1991: AMERICA - Encore (Rhino Records 8122 70529 2)
1994: AMERICA - Hourglass (American Grammophone 007198 767087)
1998: AMERICA - Human Nature (Oxygene Records 324590004 2)
2000: AMERICA - Highway / 30 Years Of America (Rhino Records 8122 79887 2)
2001: AMERICA - Complete Greatest Hits (Rhino Records)
2002: AMERICA - Holiday Harmony (Rhino Records 8122 74498)

AMERICA DVD
1999: AMERICA - In Concert / Ohne Filter Live (InAkustik 07787 65077)

In the mid of the eighties the hits slowed down and Gerry Beckley concentrated on session work. From time to time he recorded a few songs, some recorded with Timothy B. Schmit and Andrew Gold were released on a sampler, as were some recordings done together with Robert Lamm from CHICAGO and Carl Wilson from the BEACH BOYS.

In 1996 Gerry Beckley released an solo album. The title was "Van Go Gan", but it was originally only released in Japan. When it was released in America the album had four bonus tracks. In 2000 Gerry Beckley went back to the studio with Bobby Woods, Steve Levine, Darwin Zickus and Andrew Gold to remix his first solo album. The remixed album features three short new tracks plus three versions of the title track "Van Go Gan". Five of the original tracks don't reappear on the remixed album. The newly mixed album was released in 2000 as "Go Man Go".

Gerry Beckley album
1995: Gerry Beckley - Van Go Gan (Polystar Japan PSCW 5317)
2000: Gerry Beckley - Go Man Go (Human Nature)

Gerry Beckley recordings
1999: Gerry Beckley - Houses Of White (Internet Song)

Gerry Beckley session
1993: SIMPSONS - The Yellow Album (Geffen 4480)
1994: v.a. - Kermit Unpigged (Jim Henson Records 43212 33382)
1994: ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS - A Very Merry Chipmunk (Chipmunk Records/Sony Wonder/Epic 64434)
1995: MODERN FOLK QUARTET - Highway 70 (Polystar PSCW 5094)
1995: NELSON - Because They Can (Geffen 24525)
1995: v.a. - For The Love Of Harry / Everybody Sings Nilsson (Music Masters 65127)
1997: Michael Bruce - In My Own Way (One Way 34486)
1997: Kyle Vincent - Kyle Vincent (Hollywood 162094)
1997: KING'S SINGERS - Spirit Voices (RCA)
1999: Robert Lamm - In My Head (Lightyear 54335)
2000: Jeff Larson - Room For Summer (New Surf North 350)
2000: Jeffrey Foskett - Twelve And Twelve (Dreamsville YDCD-39)
2000: Kyle Vincent - Wow And Flutter (Songtree 1517)
2002: Jeff Larson - Fragile Sunrise (Japanese Victor Co. 61977)
2002: LOW - Trust (Kranky 52)

Gerry Beckley was a friend of Robert Lamm from CHICAGO and Carl Wilson from the BEACH BOYS. They were always talking about a joint album project but it was hard to find the time to do the recordings. Whenever they got the chance to record something together they did it and in 1999 and 2000 they finally were able to complete the album, which was released in 2000.

BECKLEY WILSON LAMM 99 - 00
Gerry
Beckley
gtr/vcl
Robert
Lamm
kybds/vcl
Carl
Wilson
gtr/vcl

BECKLEY WILSON LAMM album
2000: BECKLEY - WILSON - LAMM - Like A Brother (Transparent Music 86325 00022)

Brad Palmer had left the group mid 2002 and AMERICA had to look for another bass player. While searching a new bass player Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley accepted to play an acoustic duo concert at the Grand Cayman. The concert was recorded and later on released on CD.

AMERICA 12
12/02
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl

AMERICA album
2002: AMERICA - The Grand Cayman Concert (America)

When AMERICA returned to the stage in January 2003 the bass player was Trent Stroh. Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley did not want to rush things up, so they asked some friends to sit in. Trent Stroh played with AMERICA in January and February 2003.

AMERICA 13 1/03 - 2/03
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Mike
Woods

gtr/vcl
Trent
Stroh

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

In February and March 2003 AMERICA played concerts with Chas Frichtell as their bass player, but he also was just a friend sitting in.

AMERICA 14 2/03 - 3/03
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Mike
Woods

gtr/vcl
Chas
Frichtell

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

In April 2003 the group found their new bass player. In an interview with John Beaudin of Smooth Jazz Canada Gerry Beckley made some remarks concerning the bass players in AMERICA: "We have had an interesting few months because we have had a couple of good friends filling in and didn't really stop in our touring schedule. Both Chas (Frichtell) and Trent (Stroh) who have been filling in have just been fantastic and any time there is new blood it adds a little energy. We then went through the audition process and picked a guy named Richard Campbell and he is no secret to L.A. players as he was with Natalie Cole for years and Three Dog Night."

AMERICA 15 4/03 - 4/05
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Mike
Woods

gtr/vcl
Richard
Campbell

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

During the world tour of 2004 AMERICA recorded the concert at the famous Sydney Opera House. This concert was released in Australia on DVD. In 2006 AMERICA started to sell a DVD at concerts. This DVD covered a concert in Mexico, which was recorded the previous year. It is not known, whether this DVD will see a world wide official release.

AMERICA DVD
2004: AMERICA - Live At The Sydney Opera House (Roadshow Entertainment1042389)
2005: AMERICA - Live From Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Gerry Beckley session
2003: Robert Lamm - Subtlety And Passion (Blue Infinity 766)
2004: Jeff Larson - Sepia (JVC Victor Entertainment)
2005: LOW - Great Destroyer (Sub Pop 70643)

The official AMERICA website just announced this: <On December 8, 2005, Gerry Beckley will be doing a solo performance at Rusty's in Los Angeles, CA. Please join Gerry and Friends for a very special night of music and fun. The show will feature never before performed songs from "Van Go Gan" and the soon to be released "Horizontal Fall" as well as some rare America favorites.>


In 2000 an idea started to become reality. Several people had talked about the music of the fourties. Some liked the way Marlene Dietrich was singing her songs. And out of these ideas the LES DEUX LOVE ORCHESTRA started to become reality. Bobby Wood assembled some of his musician friends, like Larry Klein or Gerry Beckley and a complete string and horn section. He added Michéle Lamy, late of Les Deux Cafés, the restaurant on Las Palmas, on Marlene Dietrich like vocals and the group started to record an album worth of material. The recordings were finally released and met with big applause. The response was so good that in 2005 a second set of recordings was released.

LES DEUX LOVE ORCHESTRA 2000 - ...
Bobby
Woods

vcl
Michele
Lamy

vcl
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/vcl
Larry
Klein

bs
Bob
DiChiro

acc
Novi
Novog

viola
Larry
Klimas

sax/clarinet
Albert
Wing

sax/clarinet
Sheldon
Gomberg

bs
Robin
Lorentz

vln
Page
Cavanaugh

pno
Larry
Treadwell

gtr/mdl
Jean-Baptiste
Mondigo

gtr
David
Storrs

gtr
Mike
Miller

gtr
Mike
O'Neill

gtr
Dave C.
Norman

trpt
Eric
Jorgenson

tromb
George
McMullen

tromb
Danny
Frankel

pcs
Andrew
Golomb

dr

LES DEUX LOVE ORCHESTRA Alben
2001: LES DEUX LOVE ORCHESTRA - Music From Les Deux Cafes (Heart Times Coffee Cup Studio)
2005: LES DEUX LOVE ORCHESTRA - King Kong (Heart Times Coffee Cup Studio)

After the tsunami wave there were lots of tributes. One that stands out is a single release featuring the biggest names in rock music: Barry and Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees), Paul Von Merten, Randell Kirsch and Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Boy George (Culture Club), Steve Winwood (Traffic), Rick Wakeman & Jon Anderson (Yes), Dewey Bunnell & Gerald Beckley (America), and a handful of others.

One World Project Single
2005: ONE WORLD PROJECT - Grief Never Grows Old (Single Version) (Mike Read) / Grief Never Grows Old (Orchestral Version) (Mike Read) / Grief Never Grows Old (Choral Version) (Mike Read) (CD Sinfle; One World Records 02498 70420)

Early 2005 Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell had the idea of playing a concert together with some of their best friends. They got in contact with Andrew Gold and asked him whether he could assemble a special band for that occasion. In the end Andrew Gold came up with an interesting band, which he was leading not only for some solo songs but also for the guest appearance of Stephen Bishop and finally for the AMERICA & FRIENDS songs.

AMERICA & FRIENDS 2005
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Andrew
Gold

gtr/kybds/vcl
Richard
Campbell

bs/vcl
Dave
Beyer

dr
Luis
Conte

pcs
Mark
Goldenberg

gtr/vcl
Ana
Guigui

vcl
Louie
Medina

pcs
Jim
Wilson

kybds

After some rehearsals the group finally played and recorded a concert at the Ventura Theatre, CA on April 23rd, 2005. The recording was released in combi-set of one DVD and one CD, each containing the same songs.

AMERICA & FRIENDS DVD
2005: AMERICA & FRIENDS - Live At The Ventura Theatre (Evovideo 897012 120446)

At the end of 2005 Gerry Beckley announced on his website, that his new solo album "Horizontal Fall" would be ready for an early 2006 release date. He started to do a few solo concerts in December 2005 and then again in January 2006, where he played songs from his first solo album as well as songs from his upcoming solo release. The hits of AMERICA were also presented. In April 2006 the album "Horizontal Fall" was finally released.

Gerry Beckley album
2006: Gerry Beckley - Horizontal Fall (Human Nature Records 37101 16543)

Early 2006 AMERICA went back into a studio and started to record their next studio album. The album is called "Here And Now" and it is a 2 CD set. The first CD contains all new material and the second shows a live performance of the greatest hits.

AMERICA 16 4/05 - ...
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Mike
Woods

gtr/vcl
Richard
Campbell

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

AMERICA album

2006: AMERICA - Here And Now (Burgundy Records)

 


Gerry Beckley & Dewey Bunnell session
2006: Jeff Larson - Swimming In The Make Believe ( ? )

Gerry Beckley sessions

2006: Bill Mumy - With Big Ideas (Lumania)