Amie (song)

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"Amie"
Amie PPL 1975.jpg
Single by Pure Prairie League
from the album Bustin' Out
B-side "Memories"[1]
Released February 1973 (1973-02)
Format 7" single
Recorded June–August 1972
Studio A, RCA Toronto
Genre
Length 4:23
Label RCA 10490
Songwriter(s) Craig Fuller
Producer(s) Robert Alan Ringe
Pure Prairie League singles chronology
"Amie"
(1973)
"Two Lane Highway"
(1975)
"Amie"
(1973)
"Two Lane Highway"
(1975)

"Amie" is a song recorded by the American soft rock group Pure Prairie League. It was released in 1973 as their debut single, but did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 until 1975.

History[edit]

The song was written by Craig Fuller and was originally recorded by the band on their 1972 album Bustin' Out, but it was not released as a single until 1973, when it gained popularity on college radio stations. Its airplay led RCA Records to re-sign Pure Prairie League after having previously dropped them.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

In his book Music: What Happened?, musician and music critic Scott Miller described the song as "quintessentially 1972" and "lovely".[3] Mike DeGagne of Allmusic called it "a charming little country-pop tune" and "their most memorable," praising its melody and Craig Fuller's lead vocals.[4] Rock historian John Einarson, citing the song's "lilting harmonies and subtle acoustic playing," called it "a classic of the country rock genre."[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Lonestar covered the song on their 1997 album Crazy Nights, and included it as the B-side to the album's single "Say When".

Travis Tritt covered the song on Randy Scruggs' 1998 album, "Crown of Jewels".

Wesley Willis covered the song to critical acclaim on his 1999 album Greatest Hits Vol. 2.

Singer Brent Anderson included a portion of "Amie" in his 2011 single "Amy's Song", which featured backing vocals from Craig Fuller and Vince Gill.[6]

Counting Crows covered the song on their 2011 album of covers, Underwater Sunshine.

Garth Brooks covered the song on the "Melting Pot" disc of his four CD boxed set Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences released in 2013.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 40
Canada Pop Music Playlist (RPM)[8] 19
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amie". Discogs. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Sgammato, Jo. For the Music: The Vince Gill Story. 
  3. ^ Miller, Scott. Music: What Happened?. p. 66. 
  4. ^ DeGagne, Mike. "'Amie' review". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Einarson, John (2001). Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 250. ISBN 978-0815410652.  Excerpts available at Google Books.
  6. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (5 December 2011). "Who's New: Brent Anderson". Country Weekly. 18 (50): 18. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  7. ^ "RPM Top Singles" (PDF). RPM. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. May 24, 1975. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Pop Music Playlist" (PDF). RPM. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. May 3, 1975. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Pure Prairie League – Chart history". Billboard. April 26, 1975. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Pure Prairie League – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Pure Prairie League. Retrieved September 13, 2015.