Location, location, location.
This week we have three bands from the 70s and one from the 80s, with a geographical location as a name.
Three sons of British mothers and American fathers got together and formed one of the most successful folk rock bands in music history. Their hits spanned the 70s and early 80s and I was fortunate enough to catch a show of theirs in Manhattan Kansas, way back in 1978. They called themselves America and here is my favorite song from their long list, Sister Golden Hair:
I never had a chance to catch these guys, although I was stationed right around the corner from their old stomping grounds. The bulk of the band was from Topeka, one from Manhattan. Together they created a distinctive sound that was to become a marker for 70s and 80s progressive rock. Here is one of my favorites from Kansas, Icarus (Borne On Wings Of Steel):
Opening the show for America was a little known band that didn't quite make the break into national stardom, while they had the chance. Not sure precisely why, but nevertheless, they had one song that in my estimation was a real gem. See if you remember it, here is Missouri and their signature song, Movin' On:
Moving from the Midwest portion of the North American continent all the way to Scandinavia, this next song comes from a band named after its continent. I found these guys to have a similar sound to David Coverdale's band, Whitesnake. With one month left in the Presidential election it is a good way to end this weekend's installment. Here is Europe and their huge mega-hit, The Final Countdown: