Dan Peek's soft-rock trio had big hits in the 1970s with 'A Horse With No Name,' 'Ventura Highway' and 'Sister Golden Hair.'
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Members of the band America are shown about 1972. Clockwise from left are Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek. (Associated Press)
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By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2011
Dan Peek, a founding member of soft-rock trio America, which shot to the top of the pop charts in the 1970s with bouncy, lightweight hits including "A Horse With No Name," "Ventura Highway" and "Sister Golden Hair," died Sunday at his home in Farmington, Mo., outside St. Louis. He was 60.
Peek's wife, Catherine, found him dead in bed, his father, Milton Peek, told the Associated Press. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
Peek rode to mainstream success with half a dozen top 10 singles with fellow band members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell
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