'America' Band's Dan Peek Dies at 60

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Grammy-nominated Christian musician Dan Peek has died at the age of 60.

Peek, was a founding member of the popular 1970s band America and singer of high harmonies on hits that included "A Horse With No Name" and "Ventura Highway."

America had three platinum and three gold albums, along with eight Top 40 hits, from 1971 through 1975.

"It was a joyous time for the three of us, full of excitement and laughter," Dewey Bunnell, another founding member of the group, wrote on the band's website after learning of Peek's death.

"We created lasting music together and experienced a life that we could never have imagined," Bunnell said.

The group's first album in 1971 included the No. 1 hit "Horse With No Name." Other hits followed: "Tin Man," "Sister Golden Hair," and "Daisy Jane," among them.

Peek played lead guitar on many of the songs, and wrote some of them, including the 1974 hit "Lonely People."

"Dan & his music will live on in the great songs he shared with us all," Beckley wrote.

According to his father Milton, Peek became disenchanted with the travel and the rock star lifestyle.

"He was a Christian and he just got tired of the rat race," his father said.

After battling a drug addiction, Peek left the band and in 1978 moved to Farmington, Mo., where he lived the rest of his life.

In 1979, Peek released his first solo album titled "All Things are Possible." It reached number one on the Contemporary Christian music chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In 2006, he appeared on CBN's "The 700 Club" and talked about his addiction and his decision to return to his Christian roots.

Peek also operated a website and wrote a memoir, "An American Band: The America Story."

Last month he signed copies of the book at a Christian bookstore in Farmington.

Peek and his wife had no children. His funeral is scheduled for Monday at the Presbyterian Church in Farmington.

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