David Dickey

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

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Dan
Peek

gtr/kybds/
vcl
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

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Dan
Peek

gtr/kybds/
vcl
David
Dickey

bs/vcl
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)

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

AMERICA 5 75 - 76
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Dan
Peek

gtr/kybds/
vcl
David
Dickey

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

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.

AMERICA 6 76 - 77
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
Dan
Peek

gtr/kybds/
vcl
David
Dickey

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs
Jimmy
Calire

kybds/sax
Tom
Walsh

pcs

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.

AMERICA 7 77 - 78
Gerry
Beckley

gtr/pno/vcl
Dewey Bunnell
gtr/vcl
David
Dickey

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs
Jimmy
Calire

kybds/sax
Tom
Walsh

pcs

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)

David Dickey did some session work in the seventies.

David Dickey sessions
1977: Ian Matthews - Some Days You Eat the Bear and Some Days the Bear Eats You (Elektra 75078)
1977: SILVERADO - Taking It All In Stride (RCA 12421)
1980: Angelo - Midnight Prowl (Fantasy 9554)

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

AMERICA 8 78 - 80
Gerry
Beckley

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

gtr/vcl
David
Dickey

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs
Jimmy
Calire

kybds/sax
Tom
Walsh

pcs

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
Gerry
Beckley

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

gtr/vcl
David
Dickey

bs/vcl
Willie
Leacox

dr/pcs

The situation with their old record company almost destroyed BLUE STEEL but Richard Bowden rebuild the band with David Dickey, who had left AMERICA.

BLUE STEEL 3 1980 - 1982
Richard
Bowden

gtr/vcl
Leonard
Arnold

gtr/vcl
Howard
Burke

gtr/vcl
David
Dickey

bs/vcl
Mickey
McGee

dr/vcl

BLUE STEEL single
1981: BLUE STEEL - Slip Away (Marc Durham / John Herron) b/w ? ) (Single; Asylum Records 47126)

BLUE STEEL album
1981: BLUE STEEL - Nothing But Time (Asylum Records AS 52 276)

They were able to secure a recording contract with Electra Records. However, after recording "Nothing But Time", the band broke up.