Gerry Beckley

Gerry Beckley, founding member of the band America, is a singer-songwriter born to an American father and an English mother. He attended London Central High School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, where he met future America-band member and musical partner Dewey Bunnell. The band got a recording contract with the UK division of Warner Brothers. Beginning with their fourth album, they were produced by former Beatles producer George Martin.

gerry guitar Gerry BeckleyAmong the many songs that carry Gerry’s signature are evergreens such as “I Need You”, “Sister Golden Hair”, “Daisy Jane”, “All My Life”, “Sarah” and “Only In Your Heart”. Besides continued success with America, Gerry released several superb solo albums: Van Go Gan, Go Man Go (a re-mix of Van Go Gan), Horizontal Fall, Happy Hour and Unfortunate Casino.

Gerry has worked with a wide variety of musicians on many projects. One of the most notable is Like A Brother with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and Robert Lamm of Chicago. Further collaborations include those with Jeff Larson, Jeffrey Foskett, Rick Danko, Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Webb, Bill Mumy, Al Jardine, and Nick Vernier Band.

Gerry Beckley & America – “Sister Golden Hair”

Nick Vernier Band ft. Gerry Beckley – “Now Sue” badge itunes sm Gerry Beckley

Gerry Beckley & America – “I Need You”

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Susan June 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Anyone know what Now Sue means?


David M. July 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

It’s an experiment in music: the melody of “Now Sue” is the reversed melody of America’s “Till The Sun Comes Up Again”. The reversed sounds of “Till The Sun”‘s words formed the basis of “Now Sue”‘s similar sounding new lyrics. In other words, the abstract form of “Now Sue”‘s poetry is due to it being based on reversed sounds, rather than a storyline.


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