America – a horse with no name (Leaping ahead #110)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #110: 160419

[Song about an animal (2)]

Written by Dewey Bunnell and released in late 1971 in Europe and early 1972 in the US, this was America’s first and most successful single.

It was originally called “Desert Song” and was written while the band was staying at the home studio of Arthur Brown, in Puddletown, Dorset, UK. The first two demos were recorded there, by Jeff Dexter and Dennis Elliott, and were intended to capture the feel of the hot, dry desert that had been depicted at the studio from a Salvador Dalí painting, and the strange horse that had ridden out of an M.C. Escher picture. Writer Dewey Bunnell also says he remembered his childhood travels through the Arizona and New Mexico desert when his family lived at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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