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America will miss Dan Peek

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America will miss Dan Peek

Today we got word that Dan Peek, a founding member of 1970s folk rock band America, has passed away. When I heard the news, I went straight to my favorite song of theirs – one that's on many of my personal playlists and has been part of my life since I was a kid.

It might not be the most iconic America song (that honor probably goes to "A Horse With No Name"), but "Sister Golden Hair" was a No. 1 hit in 1975. Growing up in the '70s as a blond girl with a blond sister, I couldn't escape this song – and I didn't want to. It's pretty, it's touching, and it still sounds fresh today.