America Founder Member Dies
Dan Peek sadly passes away
School friends Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek formed America in 1970 and they acheieved huge success almost immediately in their career, with number 1 singles ('Horse With No Name' and 'Sister Golden Hair') and a Grammy Award in 1972.
However, despite selling millions of records Peek quit the band at the height of their powers in 1977 after a struggle with the rock n roll lifestyle and subsequently renewed his Christian faith. He had some solo success in the Christian contemporary charts throughout the 1980s before settling into a period of semi-retirement. In recent years he has been releasing music through his official website.
His cause of death is not known, but it was revealed that he had passed away on Sunday.
Both of his fellow America founding members have released statements on their official website following Peek's passing.
"I am so sorry to learn of Dan’s passing. Dan, along with Gerry & myself, formed the band "America" as teenagers after being great friends in high school during the late 60's. It was a joyous time for the three of us, full of excitement and laughter. We created lasting music together and experienced a life that we could never have imagined. Dan was an equal and integral part of that early history, and I have never forgotten the good times we spent making that music and learning about life together. Although we eventually went our separate ways, his contributions to the music of "America" have always been present and will last forever. This news brings great sadness. My sincere condolences go out to his wife, Catherine, and the entire Peek family. May Dan rest in peace, and his memory be cherished forever." -Dewey Bunnell
"I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Dans passing. He was a dear friend for many years. Dan & his music will live on in the great songs he shared with us all. My sincere condolences go out to Catherine and the entire Peek family. May he rest in peace...." - Gerry Beckley
RIP Dan Peek, 1950 - 2011