On this day in music history: June 14, 1975 – …

On this day in music history: June 14, 1975 – “Sister Golden Hair” by America hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Gerry Beckley, it is the second chart topping single for the London based American pop/rock trio. Vocalist and guitarist Gerry Beckley takes inspiration from fellow singer/songwriter Jackson Browne when he composes the song, especially in the lyrics. It is about a man explaining to the woman that he loves that he cares deeply for, but isn’t ready to commit to marriage. The title is also a reference to the mothers of all three band members, all of which have blonde hair. America record “Sister Golden Hair” at the legendary Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA with Martin in January 1975. Issued as the first single from the band’s fifth studio album “Hearts”, it is produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.Issued in mid March of 1975, it is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #71 on April 5, 1975 it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. “Sister Golden Hair” is America’s last top ten single for seven years. By 1977, founding member Dan Peek leaves the band, reducing America to a duo. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell continue, leaving Warner Bros for Capitol Records in 1979. After a half dozen singles that fail to make an impression, they hit paydirt in 1982 with “You Can Do Magic” which peaks at #8 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart in October of 1982. “Sister Golden Hair” continues to be one of America’s most popular singles, and is also featured in an episode of “The Sopranos” TV series in 2001.