Sister Golden Hair

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"Sister Golden Hair"
Single by America
from the album Hearts
B-side "Midnight"
Released March 19, 1975
Format 7"
Recorded 1975
Genre Folk rock, soft rock[1]
Length 3:16
Label Warner Bros. 8086
Writer(s) Gerry Beckley
Producer(s) George Martin
America singles chronology
"Lonely People"
"Sister Golden Hair"
"Daisy Jane"

"Sister Golden Hair" is a song written by Gerry Beckley and recorded by the band America for their fifth album Hearts (1975). It was their second single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for just one week.[2]


The lyrics were largely inspired by the works of Jackson Browne. Beckley commented, "[Jackson Browne] has a knack, an ability to put words to music, that is much more like the L.A. approach to just genuine observation as opposed to simplifying it down to its bare essentials... I find Jackson can depress me a little bit, but only through his honesty; and it was that style of his which led to a song of mine, 'Sister Golden Hair', which is probably the more L.A. of my lyrics... [It] was one of the first times I used 'ain't' in a song, but I wasn't making an effort to. I was just putting myself in that frame of mind and I got those kind of lyrics out of it."[3] Although the song is a message from a man to his lover, explaining that he still loves her despite being not ready for marriage, the title was initially inspired by the mothers of all three members of the group, all of whom were blondes.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 14, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille


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