By John Calhoun

Happy birthday Gerry Beckley!  Who is he?  Gerry is an American singer-songwriter-guitarist. Maybe American goes double for him since he’s an American-born member of the group America.

Gerry, along with band-mates Dan Peek and Dewey Bunnell made their chart debut with A Horse With No Name,  a #1 hit in 1972.

The trio first got together in London in 1969 and met at a U.S. Air Force base and moved to the USA in 1972.  Later that year America won the Best New Artist Grammy Award.

By 1983 they had placed 17 songs on the top-100 charts.

Here’s America’s last top-10 hit (#8/1982): You Can Do Magic


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