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Missouri Native, Founding Member of Band America, dies

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From left, Dan Peek, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley

From left, Dan Peek, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dan Peek, a founding member of the band America, has died.

Peek died Sunday at his home in Farmington, Mo., about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis, where he had lived since 1978. He was 60.

Peek’s father, Milton Peek, says Dan Peek’s wife found him dead in bed. An autopsy is planned.

Peek’s father was in the Air Force and the family frequently moved. He met Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, whose fathers were also in the military, at a high school in London in the late 1960s. They formed the trio America that had five top-10 albums and a string of hits in the 1970s with songs such as “Horse With No Name,” Ventura Highway” and “Sister Golden Hair.”

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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