Former bandmates pay tribute to singer Dan, recalling “a joyous time full of laughter” after he dies in his sleep

Joyous: Peek, left, with America in the 1970s

Dan Peek of the band America has died in his sleep at the age of 60, his former bandmates have confirmed.

The folk-rock outfit are best remembered for their 1972 hit single A Horse With No Name, from their self-titled debut album. They released a further six records before Peek left to focus on his solo career.

He later admitted he didn’t enjoy the rock’n'roll lifestyle and had become more interested in his spiritual development. He continued making music based around his Christian faith. He entered semi-retirement in the mid-90s.

Original members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell remain with the band, who released their most recent album in 2007. There had been talk of a reunion in the 1980s, but in recent years Peek had maintained there was little chance of it happening. Despite inaccurate reports of the original members touring together in 1993 it didn’t take place.

Yesterday Bunnell paid tribute to Peek, saying: “I am so sorry to learn of Dan’s passing. We created lasting music together and experienced a life we could never have imagined – a joyous time full of excitement and laughter.

“Although we went our separate ways his contribution to our music have always been present and will last for ever.”

Peek died at home in Missouri, and is survived by his wife Catherine.

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