Today in Music History, March 24

41 years ago today, America was atop U.S. music charts with “A Horse With No Name.”

It was written by Dewey Bunnell, and was the band’s first and most successful single, released in early 1972, topping the charts in several countries

The song’s resemblance to some of Neil Young‘s work aroused some controversy. “I know that virtually everyone, on first hearing, assumed it was Neil”, Bunnell says. “I never fully shied away from the fact that I was inspired by him. I think it’s in the structure of the song as much as in the tone of his voice. It did hurt a little, because we got some pretty bad backlash. I’ve always attributed it more to people protecting their own heroes more than attacking me.” By coincidence, it was “A Horse with No Name” that replaced Young’s “Heart of Gold” at the #1 spot on the U.S. pop chart.

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One Response to Today in Music History, March 24

  1. Dave says:

    I never thought of the Neil Young influence until you write about it above. Then the light goes on. Pretty cool act of the Music Gods for this song to replace “Heart of Gold” at #1.

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