Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Pure Prairie League

Today in Music History:

In 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the toilet reading 'The Scientific Search For Jesus'. He died of heart failure at the age of 42.
Pure Prairie LeaguePure Prairie League was a successful country-rock band during the 1970s and early '80s,formed in Columbus, OH, in 1969. They enjoyed hits with different configurations of the group that included "Amie" and "Let Me Love You Tonight." They took their name from a women's temperance group in the 1939 Errol Flynn movie Dodge City.

After earning a record contract with RCA Victor through constant touring in the Ohio area, the group went into the studio and recorded its self-titled debut album, which was released in March 1972 with a cover depicting a Western character named Luke, an illustration drawn by famed naturalist painter Norman Rockwell that had first appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1927. Luke would turn up on all the band's subsequent album covers, giving them a distinctive visual conception. Sort of a country version of Iron Maiden's Eddie. Their second album Bustin' Out came out in September 1972. Though later considered a landmark in country-rock, it initially suffered disappointing sales upon release in September 1972, and RCA dropped the group. In late 1974, Pure Prairie League's touring began to pay off as radio stations started playing "Amie," a song from Bustin' Out, leading RCA to issue the song as a single, reissue the album, and re-sign the band. Bustin' Out entered the charts in February 1975, nearly two and a half years after its release, and rose into the Top 40, eventually going gold. "Amie" charted in March 1975 and became a Top 40 hit. By this time Craig Fuller who had been the original vocalist for "Amie" had long since left the band. Through the years PPL has undergone a slew of personnel changes, including the addition of Vince Gill in 1978 who stuck around for three albums. PPl kept chuggin' on until 1987 when the group dissoolved. In 1998 Craig Fuller and Michael Reilly launched a new edition of the band and they are currently on tour in the states. Todays selection comes from the Bustin' Out album.

Early Morning Riser by Pure Prairie League

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