Dan Peek, co-founder of the folk band America, has passed away at the age of 60. According to his wife, Peek died in his sleep at their home in Farmington, Missouri. The cause of his death is not yet known.
Peek, was a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and formed America in the late Sixties along with Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley. He met Bunnell and Beckley at a high school in London, where their fathers were stationed with the United States Air Force. The band’s first album, America, yielded the Number One hit “A Horse with No Name,” which led to a Grammy for best new act later that year. After signing a record contract, America was an almost instant sensation with songs featuring great harmonies over catchy tunes. America had three platinum and three gold albums, along with eight Top 40 hits, from 1971 through 1975.
After learning of Peek’s death, Bunnell had this to say, “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.”