Gerry Beckley

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Gerry Beckley
Beckley at a ceremony for America to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2012
Background information
Birth name Gerald Linford Beckley
Born (1952-09-12) September 12, 1952 (age 64)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Genres Rock, acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, harmonica
Years active 1967–present
Labels Warner Bros., Capitol, Rhino, American Gramaphone, Oxygen, Burgundy
Associated acts America, Carl Wilson

Gerald Linford "Gerry" Beckley (born September 12, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas) is a founding member of the band America.[1]

Beckley was born to an American father and an English mother. He began playing the piano at the age of three and the guitar a few years later. By 1962, Beckley was playing guitar in The Vanguards, an instrumental surf music band in Virginia. He spent every summer in England and soon discovered 'British invasion' music.

Start of America[edit]

In 1967, Beckley's father became the commander at the United States Air Force base at West Ruislip, near London. Gerry attended London Central High School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, where he played in various school bands and met his soon-to-be bandmates, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek. Originally, the group played on Friday nights at the local American teen club, mostly doing acoustic covers of Crosby Stills and Nash tunes. The original drummer was a classmate, Dave Atwood.

America signed a recording contract with the British division of Warner Bros. Records and found success in 1972 with "A Horse with No Name."

Beckley wrote and sang America's 1972 top ten hit "I Need You" and its 1975 number one hit "Sister Golden Hair" (also number one on Billboard, in 1975) as well as its top 20 followup "Daisy Jane." He also sang their 80s top ten hit "You Can Do Magic."

Beckley continues to write and record music both as a solo artist and with other musicians along with Bunnell. With Bunnell, Beckley continues touring worldwide as "America".

Solo projects[edit]

Beckley, Andrew Gold, and Timothy B. Schmit sang as "Baldwin and the Whiffles", performing "Mr. Sandman", "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane", and "Sh-Boom", in the 1990 John Waters film Cry-Baby.

Beckley has worked with a wide variety of musicians on many projects. One of the most notable is the 2001 recording Like a Brother, performed with Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys, and Robert Lamm of Chicago.

In May 2006, Beckley released another solo album, Horizontal Fall.

In March 2007, Beckley appeared as a guest on the Australian musical quiz TV show Spicks and Specks.[2]

On April 14, 2007, Beckley appeared as a special guest at a Ben Kweller show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Beckley, Kweller, and the band performed "Sister Golden Hair" together.

Beckley is also a member of Les Deux Love Orchestra.

Personal life[edit]

Beckley is currently married to Kathy Beckley. He has two sons, Matthew and Joe. Matthew is also a musician; he has toured with Katy Perry and has worked with other artists, including Ke$ha, Britney Spears.[3][4] Joe is an aspiring photographer in the Los Angeles area. Beckley now splits his time between homes in Venice, California and Sydney, Australia. He also has a child from a previous marriage to Eleanor Beckley.


  • Gerry Beckley - Van Go Gan (1995)
  • Gerry Beckley - Go Man Go (2000)
  • Beckley, Lamm & Wilson - Like A Brother (2000)
  • Gerry Beckley - Horizontal Fall (2006)
  • Gerry Beckley - Happy Hour (2009)
  • Gerry Beckley - Unfortunate Casino (2011)
  • Gerry Beckley - Carousel (due September 9, 2016)[5]

Sessions (selection)[edit]

  • Mike Hugg - Somewhere (1972)
  • Dan Fogelberg - Souvenirs (1974)
  • David Cassidy - Home Is Where the Heart Is (1976)
  • Ricci Martin - Beached (1977)
  • Rick Danko - Rick Danko (1977)
  • Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)
  • Dave Mason - Mariposa De Oro (1978)
  • Jimmy Webb - Angel Heart (1982)
  • Various Artists - Cry Baby – Original Soundtrack (1990)
  • Modern Folk Quartet - Highway 70 (1995)
  • Various Artists - For the Love of Harry – Everybody Sings Nilsson (1995)
  • Robert Lamm - In My Head (1999)
  • Jeff Larson - Room for the Summer (2000)
  • Jeffrey Foskett - Twelve And Twelve (2000)
  • Les Deux Love Orchestra - Music From Les Deux Cafés (2001)
  • Jeff Larson - Fragile Sunrise (2002)
  • Low - Trust (2002)
  • Robert Lamm - Subtlety And Passion (2003)
  • Jeff Larson - Sepia (2004)
  • Low - Great Destroyer (2005)
  • Les Deux Love Orchestra - King Kong (2005)
  • Brian Wilson a.o. - One World Project (2005)
  • Bill Mumy - With Big Ideas (2006)
  • Les Deux Love Orchestra - Ecstasy (2008)
  • Al Jardine - A Postcard From California (2009)
  • Jeff Larson - Heart of the Valley (2009)
  • Les Deux Love Orchestra - Planet Claire 3D Maxi-Single (2009)
  • Nick Vernier Band - Sessions (2010)


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