John Hale takes a look at the great soft rock group America, who had a bunch of hit records like Ventura Highway and Horse with No Name in the early 1970s. -- TDR
Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley were the early seventies soft rock group America, and arguably, no other group better personified the singer-songwriter period of popularity than America. One of the group's most popular songs, "Ventura Highway," came off of their 1972 album "Homecoming."
Bunnell, who wrote the song, claimed it always reminded him of his youth growing up in Omaha, and his first trip down the Pacific coast highway when his family moved to California. Ventura Highway made it to Number Eight on Billboard's Hot 100 music chart in late 1972.
One person who was a big fan of the song, and the band America, was former pro wrestler turned politician Jesse Ventura. He liked America so much that he invited them to play at his inaugural reception after he was elected governor of Minnesota. His one stipulation...they had to play "Ventura Highway."
This is America.
Horse with No Name
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