David Pack

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David Pack
Pack backstage after Yamaha's tribute concert in Los Angeles (February 4, 2000).
Pack backstage after Yamaha's tribute concert in Los Angeles (February 4, 2000).
Background information
Birth nameDavid Robert Pack
Born (1952-07-15) July 15, 1952 (age 71)
Huntington Park, California, U.S.
GenresPop rock, progressive rock, soft rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instrument(s)Guitar, keyboards, vocals
Years active1970–present
LabelsWarner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Concord

David Robert Pack (born July 15, 1952) is an American singer and musician who co-founded the rock band Ambrosia in the 1970s.


As performer[edit]

Pack was co-founder, guitarist and main vocalist for the band Ambrosia.[1] His collected works as a performer and producer have sold over forty million units worldwide. Hits from the band written and sung by Pack include certified gold singles "Biggest Part of Me" (1980), "You're the Only Woman (You & I)" (1980) and "How Much I Feel" (1978). He co-wrote and sang lead on the band's first top 20 hit, "Holdin' on to Yesterday" (1975). His 2005 solo album, The Secret of Movin' On, included remakes of "Biggest Part of Me" and "You're the Only Woman".

Pack guested on lead vocals on the song "Ground Zero" for Kerry Livgren's 1980 solo album, Seeds of Change. He then performed on Kansas' Vinyl Confessions album in 1982. He would later contribute guest lead vocals on the track "Shine On" off of the album It's a Jungle Out There! by Mastedon, one of two Mastedon albums written and produced by former Kansas lead singer John Elefante and his brother Dino Elefante.

During the 1980s, Pack enjoyed moderate success as a solo artist with the release of his Anywhere You Go LP in 1985. The album generated three charting singles, the greatest of which was "I Just Can't Let Go" (US AC #13), a collaboration with Michael McDonald and James Ingram.[2] In 1988, he recorded a duet with Bette Midler titled "I Know You by Heart", which was featured in the film Beaches and on its soundtrack.

He co-wrote three songs ("The Three of Me", "I'm Talkin' to You" and "Oh, Life (There Must Be More)"), for which he also sang and played guitar, on Alan Parsons's 1993 album Try Anything Once, and sang and played guitar on the song "You Can Run" on Parsons' 2004 album, A Valid Path. (Ambrosia's first album was engineered by Alan Parsons, who served as producer and engineer for their second; all four members of Ambrosia played on the first Alan Parsons Project album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination.) Pack joined producer Alan Parsons on his 2001 live tribute tour to the music of the Beatles called A Walk Down Abbey Road.

Pack again appeared as lead vocalist on the song "I Won't Be Led Astray" on Parsons' 2022 album From the New World.

As producer[edit]

Pack has worked as producer for Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Loggins, and Wynonna Judd. He has also produced music for Chet Atkins, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, Andrae Crouch, DC Talk, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Hudson, James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, Little Richard, Branford Marsalis, Bette Midler, Michael McDonald, Brian McKnight, Olivia Newton-John, The Pointer Sisters, LeAnn Rimes, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Setzer, Mavis Staples, Take 6, Steve Vai, Trisha Yearwood, and CeCe Winans.[citation needed]

Pack produced the 1995 album The Songs of West Side Story, which benefited the school. The album is notable for being the final recorded performance of Selena, made three weeks before her murder in March 1995, and for containing the final work by Marty Paich, who arranged the strings on Franklin's "Somewhere".

He served as producer and music director for President Bill Clinton's inaugurations in January 1993 and 1997.[3] In 1997, the White House asked him to direct the music and produce the presidents' Volunteer Summit in Philadelphia for presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford. In 2000, he was asked to direct and produce Yamaha's Michael McDonald Lifetime Achievement Award Show at the L.A. Shrine for his good friend. Pack brought together Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs and Christopher Cross for the event. In 2005, he produced and directed the 2005 World Aids Day Concert at Saddleback Church in Orange County for author and pastor Rick Warren.


Solo albums[edit]

  • Anywhere You Go (1985)
  • Unborn (2004)
  • The Secret of Movin' On (2005)
  • David Pack's Napa Crossroads (2014)

Solo singles[edit]

Albums with Ambrosia[edit]

Year Album details Chart peak positions Certifications
1975 Ambrosia 22
1976 Somewhere I've Never Travelled
  • Released: September 1976
  • Labels: 20th Century
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
1978 Life Beyond L.A.
  • Released: August 1978
  • Labels: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
1980 One Eighty
  • Released: April 1980
  • Labels: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
1982 Road Island
  • Released: June 1982
  • Labels: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download

Compilation Albums with Ambrosia[edit]

Year Album details Chart peak positions
1997 Anthology
  • Released: May 1997
  • Labels: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2002 The Essentials
  • Released: June 2002
  • Labels: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital
2003 How Much I Feel and Other Hits
  • Released: April 2003
  • Labels: Collectables
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Singles with Ambrosia[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[8] Certifications Album
1975 "Holdin' on to Yesterday" 17 46 37 Ambrosia
"Nice, Nice, Very Nice" 63
1976 "Magical Mystery Tour" 39 All This and World War II
"Can't Let a Woman" 102 Somewhere I've Never Travelled
"Runnin' Away"
1978 "How Much I Feel" 3 11 30 2 Life Beyond L.A.
"Life Beyond L.A."
"If Heaven Could Find Me" 107
1980 "Biggest Part of Me" 3 3 18 One Eighty
"You're the Only Woman (You & I)" 13 5 15
"No Big Deal" 105
1981 "Outside" 102 Inside Moves soundtrack
1982 "Feelin' Alive Again" Road Island
"How Can You Love Me" 86
"For Openers (Welcome Home)"
1997 "I Just Can't Let Go" 26 Anthology
2004 "Biggest Part of Me" (Remix) 31 Non-album single

Other projects[edit]


  1. ^ Theakston, Rob. "David Pack Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 182.
  3. ^ "Interview with David Pack for the release of the album Napa Crossroads". Yuzu Melodies. September 15, 2014. Archived from the original on January 4, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  4. ^ RPM 100 singles
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "US album chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d "American certifications – Ambrosia". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  8. ^ "US single chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  9. ^ "Child refugee from Cuba, now 65, recalls his past and bares his soul at high school reunion concert". Orange County Register. September 21, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Concert of the Century with Beato Band". David Pack. Archived from the original on September 29, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  11. ^ "Cuban Americans Await President Obamas Visit to Cuba". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  12. ^ "Beato Band | David Pack and Fred Beato". beato-band. Retrieved February 20, 2021.

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