Album: Bustin' Out (1972)
Charted: 27

Songfacts®:

  • As .38 Special can tell you, you've got to hold on loosely. In this song, the guy the has driven Amie off by trying to control her, and now she's with another guy. All this is established in the first verse; he spends the rest of the song trying to get her back, telling her it's different now, and they should give it another chance.

    The song was written and sung by Craig Fuller, who along with George Powell handled vocals and string instruments in the group. Fuller has had plenty of chances to make up a story about the real Amie, but he insists that he made the whole thing up as a songwriting exercise, just "stringing words and music together." Amie is a character he created.
  • This song was never much of a hit, but it has shown remarkable endurance. It first appeared on the band's second album, Bustin' Out, in 1972. The group is from Southern Ohio, but they recorded the album in Toronto at RCA Studios. "Amie" was sent to radio stations as a promotional single, which helped the album sell reasonably well in the US and Canada. But in 1973, Craig Fuller got drafted and had to leave the band - he worked in a hospital as a conscientious objector. RCA Records dropped the band, but "Amie" didn't go away: it kept popping up on radio stations, especially at colleges. RCA re-signed the band in 1975, with Larry Goshorn in place of Fuller. While the group was working on their third album, RCA issued "Amie" as a commercial single; it rose to #27 in the US.

    That modest chart position is a poor indicator of the song's popularity. With a country-rock sound popularized by Poco and the Eagles, it stuck to playlists across a variety of formats and entered the collective conscious, even though the vast majority of listeners couldn't identify the group or spell the title correctly. The Bustin' Out was certified Gold (500,000 copies in America) in 1976.

    When Fuller was allowed to make music again, he teamed with Eric Kaz to form American Flyer in 1976. When Little Feat re-grouped in 1987 following the death of frontman Lowell George, Fuller took his spot. He was with the band until 1993. Pure Prairie League was inactive for most of this time, but got back together in 1998 with Fuller and began performing again.
  • The way Fuller delivers the vocal on this song, it's hard not to hope Amie takes him back. But Amie might know better. Sure, he's full of contrition and sounds very sweet, but he tends to dither. At the end of the song, he keeps "falling in and out of love" with her. He'd best make up his mind.
  • The single version of this song was cut down to 2:37. The album version, which runs 4:19, is the one most often heard.
  • The "Fallin' in and out of love with you" bit at the end references a song called "Falling In And Out Of Love," which precedes "Amie" on the Bustin' Out album.
  • In terms of chart position, this was not Pure Prairie League's biggest hit. That would be "Let Me Love You Tonight," which went to #10 US in 1980 and also hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. That one featured lead singer Vince Gill, who joined the band in 1978 and left in 1982.
  • The group name comes from the 1939 Errol Flynn movie called Dodge City, where a group of women form the "Pure Prairie League" to clean up the town.

Comments: 3

  • Tom Sheridan from New York Amie becoming a hit was no accident. To say it was never much of hit is quite wrong. It still receives generous airplay. WNEW in NY the largest classic rock station in the country , according to them , has a vote every November for the top 1004 songs of all time. Amie has appeared on this list numerous times and in 2019 was listed at 338, a remarkable statement regarding PPL's and Amie's popularity. It became popular because PPL continued on without a contract after Craig left in Feb 73. They played colleges all over the country and fans were requesting PPL songs on radio stations everywhere. Amie was one of them. And fans knew exactly who PPL was as they played about 250 shows a year. It should also be noted that PPL's first LP came out before The Eagles did and PPL had been playing for awhile with Fuller before getting the contract. PPL was also playing new tunes which went over well . RCA was forced to re-sign them as they had a hit and popular band on their hands with no contract. They were signed in late 1974 and entered the studio in December work on a new LP. By the time spring 75 rolled around , Amie was a hit, as was their third LP Two Lane Highway which became their highest charting LP. They were far from a mellow band and the concerts were very upbeat with Larry Goshorn and the legendary pedal steel man John David Call ( The Pontiff of Pedal Steel ) playing twin leads with blazing hot results. PPL went on to secure 6 top 40 LP's , 5 of them consecutive which was tops in country rock. PPL continued until late 1988 , came back again in the 90's and by 2004 were at it again, releasing ALL IN GOOD TIME in late 2005 with a strong songwriting/singing performance from Fuller. Unlike many other 70 acts PPL's new release received high critical acclaim from Goldmine Magazine, Music Row and many other prominent publications . Today PPL still tours with Mike Reilly, John David Call , Donnie Lee Clark ( a 15 year member ) Scott Thompson and Randy Harper, Fuller will play on occasion with them as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. The band is considered highly influential .
  • Bob R from Kula HawaiiThe band was a little too mellow for me but their album covers were classic. Who was that artest?
  • Musicbyd Ozzie's Balcony from Millville/oxford,ohioAmy (Aimee) Harding Van dye 1970 the segue was mine fleetingly as was the name back from s.e.asia nov69
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