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Sister Golden Hair by America
Album: HeartsReleased: 1975Charted:
Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley are the primary songwriters in America - both also sing and play a variety of instruments.
"Sister Golden Hair" was written and sung by Beckley, who says that it was based on a composite of different girls. When asked if it was written to anyone, Beckley said: "No, this is all poetic license. With 'Sister Golden Hair,' as far as my folks were concerned, I was writing a song about my sister, and I couldn't quite fathom it; they must not have listened to the lyrics."
In our interview with Gerry Beckley
, he explained that he made a demo of this song before America recorded their fourth album, Holiday
, but he was happy with the songs they chose for that album so "Sister Golden Hair" sat on the shelf for a year, making the cut for their next album, Hearts
"I can't really tell you if it was a lack of faith in the song or not, but it was interesting to see," he said. "It shows you that songs can have a life of their own - they might just need the right time and circumstances to surface."
This song was used in a bloody scene in a 2001 episode of the TV series The Sopranos. It also appears in the movies Cherish (2002), Radio (2003) and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006).
George Martin, who was The Beatles producer, produced this track and the rest of the Hearts
album (he started working with America on their previous album, Holiday
). It was Martin's 20th US #1 as a producer, and his first away from The Beatles. He would have three more: "Ebony and Ivory
," "Say Say Say
" and "Candle In The Wind
Phil Hartman, who was a graphic designer before his star turn in Saturday Night Live, designed the cover to the Hearts album.