Dan Peek, Former Third Voice in America, Passes Away

Doer Of The WordInformation is sketchy at this time, but the official site of Dan Peek states that "Dan went to Heaven on July 24, 2011." Peek was one of the original members of the group America, with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, from its inception through 1977.

All three members of the group were the sons of U.S. fathers who were in the military and stationed in the U.K., and British mothers and all attended London Central High School. They originally formed the group in 1969, adapting the vocal style of Crosby, Stills and Nash. They signed with Warner Brothers Records with their first album released in 1971 to moderate sales. It wasn't until they started playing a new piece of music called Desert Song and later changed to A Horse With No Name that their fortunes turned. A single was released of the song which went to number 1 in the U.S. and their debut was re-issued with the new track included. They followed later in the year with I Need You which peaked at number 9.

HomecomingWith their second album, Peek began to take on more of the instrumental work for the group, first playing lead guitar. That album, Homecoming, began to incorporate a bit more of a rock sound and produced the hit Ventura Highway.  Their third album, Holiday, contained two of their biggest hits, Tin Man (1974/#4) and Lonely People (1974/#5) but the actual sales of the album were well off their two previous efforts, so they enlisted help from former Beatles' guru George Martin.

Martin produced their next four albums (Holiday, Hearts, Hideaway and Harbour) but the quartet of LPs only produced one top ten single, the number 1 Sister Golden Hair.  By the end of Martin's time with the group, Peek had had enough and, in February of 1977, decided to leave the group, renewing his Christian faith and becoming one of the breakout stars of the Christian Pop genre.

His first single for Pat Boone's Lamb & Lion Records, All Things Are Possible, went to number 1 for thirteen weeks on the Contemporary Christian charts and became one of the genres first crossover records into the pop market. Unfortunately, it took Peek five years to release his second solo album and the momentum behind his new found career had slowed.  In 1986, he had a CCM hit with a remake of Lonely People with the words changed to reflect his Christian faith and also hit the top ten with the singles Doer of the World and Electro Voice.

Peek went into semi-retirement in the 90's, eventually joining up with Ken Marvin and Brian Gentry in a group called Peace for three albums. Over the last few years, he has mainly released music via his website.

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