INTERVIEW – America’s Gerry Beckley Explains Why The Bands Early Album Started with “H”

This is part two of our five part series on our exclusive interview with Gerry Beckley, one of the lead voices of America. The band so far has released about 20 albums if you don’t count all the different Greatest Hits and live albums. The groups debut was self titles but then came the “H” titles like “Homecoming,””Hat Trick,””Holiday,””Hearts,””History,””Hideaway,” “Harbor” and one final nod “Silent Letter” for the seventies in 1979. I asked Gerry Beckley why? Clip 001

The band did have more album titles starting with the letter “H” later on as well including “Hourglass” the live album “Horse With No Name””Human Nature,””Highway” and “Holiday Harmony.”

In the seventies they were not unlike a lot of other successful acts going at breakneck speed. They were a trio back then with Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek who left in 1977 and passed in 2011. I asked him how they handled that speed back then. (Clip 008)

We will have more from our exclusive interview with Gerry Beckley of America next Friday. America are currently on tour. Go to for details – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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