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Born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Birth NameGerald Linford Beckley

Mini Bio (1)

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Linford "Gerry" Beckley was born on September 12, 1952 in Forth Worth, Texas to an American father and an English mother. Beckley began playing the piano at age three and started playing guitar a few years later. In 1962, Gerry was a guitarist in the instrumental surf-rock band the Vanguards in Virginia. In 1967, Beckley's father became the commander at the U.S. Air Force Base at West Ruislip near London, England. Gerry attended London Central High School in Hartfordshire, where he played in various school bands and met fellow musicians Dan Peek and Dewey Bunnell. The trio formed the folk-rock group America in the late 60s. America released their self-titled debut album in 1971 and have recorded over twenty albums to date. Moreover, the band has enjoyed a steady succession of hit songs throughout the 70s and 80s which include "A Horse With No Name", "Sister Golden Hair" (Beckley wrote this particular song), "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man" and "You Can Do Magic". Moreover, Gerry has also recorded solo albums which include "Van Go Gan", "Go Man Go" and "Happy Hour". Among the notable musicians he has collaborated with throughout the years are Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys, Robert Lamm of Chicago, acclaimed singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb, Dave Mason, Rick Danko and Dan Fogelberg. Beckley is married and has two sons named Joe Beckley and Matt Beckley. Gerry continues to perform worldwide with Dewey Bunnell as a member of America.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (2)

Kathleen Gallagher (September 1988 - present) (2 children)
Eleanor (13 July 1978 - 24 August 1982) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (3)

His favorite songs are "Walking After You" by Foo Fighters, "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles, "Dinner At 8" by Rufus Wainwright, "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys and "Hackensack" by Fountains of Wayne. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
Father of sons Joe and Matthew.
Co-host, with Dewey Bunnell and Suzanne Sena, of an infomercial for TimeLife's "Singers & Songwriters" (aka "Your Songs") music collection. [2010]

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