Dan Peek of America Dead at 60

Posted by at 12:54 am on July 27, 2011

, a co-founder and musician for the folk rock band America, famous for the No. 1 hit “A Horse with No Name,” has died. He was 60.

Peek, who died on Sunday, founded the band in the late 1960s with bandmates Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell while they attended high school together in London, where their fathers were stationed with the United States Air Force.

America’s self-titled debut album, which featured “A Horse with No Name,” shot to the top of the charts in 1972. The group won a Grammy for best new artist that year, and enjoyed a string of other popular hits including “Ventura Highway” and “Lonely People.”

Peek was a multi-talented musician who played guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica.

Peek left America in 1977 and went on to perform contemporary Christian music, but never found the sort of fame he enjoyed with the popular band that recorded hit singles.

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