Sister Golden Hair
|"Sister Golden Hair"|
|Single by America|
|from the album Hearts|
|Released||March 19, 1975|
|Genre||Folk rock, soft rock|
|Label||Warner Bros. 8086|
|America singles chronology|
"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 one week.
With just 4 weeks in the top 10, the song would tie for the most weeks in the top 10 of all number-one songs since it reached number one, tying with Get Down Tonight and not another number one song until nearly 25 years later, and not one number one song had spent fewer weeks in the top 10 until another 4 years later.
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."
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