The mid 1970s brought a soft rock song to the top of the charts: Sister Golden Hair by America.
Written by Gerry Beckley, the inspiration came from another singer/songwriter, Jackson Browne. Beckley felt his songs were the epitome of Los Angeles, a focus on observation than raw emotion.
The song was the first single from the album Hearts, the fifth studio album from America, and produced by George Martin, well-known for his work with The Beatles.
The band was formed in the UK, the trio – Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dave Peak – were Americans who met while their Fathers were enlisted in the US Air Force in England.
Recorded in January in Sausalito, California, Warner Bros released the single in March 1975, and the song climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1975. The single stayed in the number one position for one week.
Listen to Sister Golden Hair.
The folk rock/soft rock song was a radio favourite, was certified gold and has become a 1970s classic rock song, part of many compilations.