November 1975: America Releases Greatest Hits Album "History"

NEW YORK - 24th AUGUST: Folk rock band America perform live on stage in Central Park, New York on 24th August 1975. Left to Right: Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
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It was on November 3, 1975, when the band America reached a point in their career when they'd amassed enough popular songs to merit a greatest hits collection. The band made a point of recognizing the date, as well as the gravity of November 3, 2020, being Election Day in America.

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"Not only is today a historic day for the United States, but also a historic day for America!" the group shared on Facebook. "Today, we celebrate the 45th birthday of our first greatest hits record, History, which was released November 3rd, 1975. Released just five years into our career, the album became one of our most successful releases, twelve hits packed into one album."

The band marveled at the vast expense of time between then and now during the statement: "It’s remarkable to realize it has been 45 years since the release of History. I recall at the time thinking how unreal it was to realize we had enough 'hits' to release a legitimate Greatest Hits package, including two #1 singles and 9 other charted singles," Dewey Bunnell shared. "We’re very grateful to our fans, Warner Bros. Records, and all the radio stations who have played our songs over the years! It’s all history now!”

America ended with a really great fun fact: "Many may not know this, but the album art was drawn up by the late great Phil Hartman. The cover references images from the band’s albums that these songs came from, as well as pieces of their own history."

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