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A Horse with No Name
by America
#1971

Back to the blogs now after the headiness of the thousandth.

"The Vinyl Dialogues" blog contributor/owner Mike Morsch gives us this from July 2015:

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There's a sign that makes the rounds on Facebook that frequently gets posted to my timeline. It reads: "All I'm saying is, at any point during that ride through the desert, he could have given that horse a name."

The reference is, of course, to the song "A Horse with No Name" by the band 'America'. My friends know I am a longtime fan of the band, so that's why this sign is frequently posted on my Facebook page.

It turns out, though, that I have a little insight on this, thanks to the guy who wrote it.

The song was written by Dewey Bunnell, who along with Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek founded the band 'America' in 1970. Its self-titled debut album, released in 1971, didn't initially contain the song. But after "A Horse with No Name", which featured Bunnell on lead vocals as well, became a hit and went all the way to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the "America" album was re-released in 1972 with the track.

But the controversy surrounding the song wasn't that the horse didn't have a name, it was that some radio stations refused to play it because of its supposed references to heroin use. "Horse" is a slang term for heroin.

[ Intrigued? Read on..... http://vinyldialogues.com/VinylDialoguesBlog/the-story-behind-a-horse-with-no-name-straight-from-the-horses-mouth/ ]

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As you may have noticed above, it was a No. 1 smash in the USA - in the UK, it peaked at No. 3, inhabited the Top 40 for eleven weeks, and stayed in the Top Ten for four of those.
http://vinyldialogues.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Horse_with_No_Name
1971 - Warner Brothers - United States - Belatedly included on their self-titled album (1972).
Posted: 12th May 2019
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Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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