America released their self titled debut LP on Dec. 29, 1971. When it was first …

Written by on December 30, 2017


America released their self titled debut LP on Dec. 29, 1971. When it was first released, the song “A Horse with No Name”, was not on the record. “A Horse” was released as a single in late 1971and when it became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to #1 on the Billboard album chart in the US, and stayed there for five weeks. It produced two hit singles; “A Horse with No Name” spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 and “I Need You” which hit #9 on the Billboard singles chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “Sandman” which was rumoured in the US Navy to be about the VQ-2 air squadron formerly based in Rota, Spain. “Three Roses” also received airplay.

Do you remember the first time you heard this album, and, if you were like us, did you play it over and over and over? And do you have the first version without ‘Horse With No Name”?

Happy 46th birthday to the debut LP by America!!!




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