Dan Peek Dies At 60
July 27, 2011 by staff
Dan Peek Dies At 60, Dan Peek, a founding member of the folk-rock band of America – which had a worldwide hit with the song “A Horse with No Name” – died at age 60, his former bandmates said on Wednesday. Peek-born Americans, who formed the Grammy-winning band with fellow musicians Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell after the meeting in London in the last 60 years, died in his sleep on Sunday, they said.
“I’m sorry to learn of the passing of Dan,” Bunnell said in a statement on the website of the band, recalling that the three had “a time of joy, full of excitement and laughter” together. The trio, who met at the London Central High School, shot to fame with the single “A Horse with No Name”, taken from his debut album titled “America,” released in 1971, according to its website.
He went to do an album a year before Peek left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo career, influenced by his Christian faith, before entering semi-retirement in the Cayman Islands in the 1990s, with its wife Catherine.
Watch wrote an autobiography, “an American band: The Story of America,” focused on his time in the band and his own spiritual development.
“We created music together and lasting experience of a life that could never have imagined,” said Bunnell.
“Despite that eventually went our separate ways, their contributions to the music of” America “have always been and will last forever. This news brings great sadness,” he added.
Beckley said: “Dan & his music will live in the great songs you shared with us all my sincere condolences go out to Catalina and the whole family look at he rest in peace…”
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