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America

London, England
Genres Rock, folk rock, soft rock, pop rock
Years active 1970–present
Labels Warner Bros., Capitol, Burgundy
Website Official Website
Members Gerry Beckley
Dewey Bunnell
Past members Dan Peek
America is a rock band, formed in England in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met as sons of U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began performing live. America achieved significant popularity in the 1970s, and was famous for the trio’s close vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk sound. This popularity was confirmed by a string of hit albums and singles, many of which found airplay on pop/soft rock stations.

The band came together shortly after the members’ graduation from high school, and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records followed. Their debut, a 1971 self-titled album, produced the transatlantic hits “A Horse with No Name” and “I Need You”; Homecoming (1972) produced the single “Ventura Highway”; and Hat Trick (1973), a modest success on the charts which fared poorly in sales, produced one minor hit song. 1974’s Holiday featured the hits “Tin Man” and “Lonely People”; and 1975’s Hearts generated the number one single “Sister Golden Hair” alongside “Daisy Jane”. History: America’s Greatest Hits, a compilation of hit singles, was released the same year and was certified multi-platinum in the United States and Australia. Peek left the group in 1977 and their commercial fortunes declined, despite a brief return to the top in 1982 with the single “You Can Do Magic”.

Four decades into their career, the group continues to record material and tour with regularity. Their 2007 album Here & Now was a collaboration with a new generation of musicians who credited the band as an influence. America has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wild Cherry

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Mingo Junction, Ohio, US
Genres Funk rock, blue-eyed soul
Years active 1970–1979
Labels Epic, Brown Bag
Associated acts The Jaggerz, Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Cellarful of Noise
Past members Rob Parissi
Ben Difabbio
Louie Osso
Larry Brown
Larry Mader
Coogie Stoddart
Joe Buchmelter
Buckie Lusk
Bryan Bassett
Ron Beitle
Mark Avsec
Allen Wentz
Donnie Iris
Cooke Michalchick
Wild Cherry was an American funk rock band best known for their song “Play That Funky Music”.

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The Undisputed Truth

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The Undisputed Truth was a 1970s Motown recording act, assembled by record producer Norman Whitfield as a means for being able to experiment with his psychedelic soul production techniques. Joe Harris served as main lead singer, with Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce Evans, formerly of The Delicates, on additional leads and background vocals.

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The Partridge Family

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Musical sitcom
Created by Bernard Slade
Starring Shirley Jones
David Cassidy
Danny Bonaduce
Susan Dey
Suzanne Crough
Jeremy Gelbwaks (1970–71)
Brian Forster (1971–74)
Dave Madden
Theme music composer Diane Hilderbrand
Danny Janssen
Wes Farrell
Opening theme “When We’re Singin'” (1970–71)
“C’mon, Get Happy” (1971–74)
Composers George Duning
Benny Golson
Warren Barker
Hugo Montenegro
Shorty Rogers
Country of origin United States
Original languages English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 96 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer Bob Claver
Producers William Bickley
Paul Junger Witt
Dale McRaven
Larry Rosen
Mel Swope
Cinematography Fred Jackman, Jr.
Irving Lippman
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company Screen Gems Television (1970–1974)
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television (1974–84; 1989–96)
DFS Program Exchange (1984–87)
The Program Exchange (1987–89)
Columbia TriStar Television (1996–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
Release
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 25, 1970 – March 23, 1974
Chronology
Related shows Getting Together
Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Partridge Family 2200 A.D.
The Partridge Family is an American musical television sitcom series starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones is a widowed mother, and Cassidy plays the oldest of her five children who embark on a music career. It ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, and had subsequent runs in syndication. The family was loosely based on the real-life musical family The Cowsills, a popular band in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Country Joe & The Fish

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Berkeley, California, United States
Genres
Psychedelic rock acid rock folk rock
Years active 1965–70, sporadically thereafter
Labels
Vanguard Fantasy
Website well.com/~cjfish
Past members Country Joe McDonald
Barry “The Fish” Melton
Gary “Chicken” Hirsh
David Bennett Cohen
Bruce Barthol
David Getz
Peter Albin
John Francis Gunning
Paul Armstrong
Mark Ryan
Gregory Leroy Dewey
Mark Kapner
Doug Metzler
Country Joe and the Fish was an American psychedelic rock band formed in Berkeley, California, in 1965. The band was among the influential groups centered in the San Francisco music scene during the mid to late-1960s. Much of the band’s music was penned by founding members Country Joe McDonald and Barry “The Fish” Melton, and consisted of issues of importance to the counterculture such as anti-war protests, free love, and recreational drug use, with lyrical content daringly to the point. Through a combination of psychedelia and electronic music, Country Joe and the Fish’s sound was marked by innovative guitar melodies, and distorted organ-driven instrumentals which were significant to the development of acid rock.

The band self-produced two EPs that drew attention on the underground circuit before signing to Vanguard Records in 1966. Their debut album, Electric Music for the Mind and Body, followed in 1967, and contained their only nationally charting single “Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine”, and their most experimental arrangements. When their second album, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die, was released in the latter part of the year, its title track, with its dark humor and satire, became their signature tune, and is among the era’s most recognizable protest songs. Further success followed, including McDonald’s appearance at Woodstock, but the group’s lineup underwent changes until their disbandment in 1970. Members of the band continue in the music industry as solo recording artists and sporadically reconvene.

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