Showing posts with label America. Show all posts
Showing posts with label America. Show all posts

Sunday, 29 November 2009

You can do magic - America

When I was a regular listener of a local illegal radio station (back in the Eighties, the government in the Netherlands wanted to have completely noiseless airwaves), 'You can do magic' by America was regularly played. I never found the single, and I think I know now why: it was a single from 1982, and I heard it at least a year or two later.

'You can do magic' was America's biggest hit in the USA, peaking at number 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the UK it did less well, stalling at number 59.

My collection: 7" single no. 4313
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 21, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'You can do magic' / 'Even the score'

Saturday, 9 May 2009

The border - America

America was formed in 1971 by Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek. They recorded seven albums together until Peek left the band in 1977. Beckley and Bunnell went on together and recorded three albums without Peek. Their fourth album was 1983's 'Your move'. It was a collaboration with former Argent star Russ Ballard, who had been responsible for their 1982 hit 'You can do magic'.

In the end, Ballard wound up writing most of the songs and performing most of the instruments in addition to his production duties. Beckley and Bunnell were basically singers on an album that Ballard had made for them, although they did contribute some material of their own. On one track, Bunnell decided to rewrite Ballard's lyrics, and the hit song 'The border' was the result. Set to the backing of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the saxophone work of Raphael Ravenscroft, the single reached number 33 on the US charts in August 1983. The single also made number 24 in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 979
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, August 29, 1989
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'The border' / 'Sometimes lovers'

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