America hit it big with their first single, "A Horse With No Name
," and their second album contained the hit "Ventura Highway
." Their third album didn't do nearly as well, with only a cover of a song about amorous rodents
cracking the Hot 100.
For their fourth album Holiday
, they brought in a ringer: George Martin. The Beatles producer was known for keeping up a faster pace in the studio than America was used to, so the band adjusted accordingly, making sure they were prepared for the sessions. This brought a new focus to the band, and the session were done in 13 days. "Tin Man," released as the lead single, was a solid hit and brought America back to the limelight.