1980-59: The Dirt Band, “An American Dream”

Before “Jefferson Airplane”/”Jefferson Starship”/”Starship”, and before “John Cougar”/”John Cougar Mellencamp”/”John Mellencamp,” there was “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band”/”Dirt Band”/Oh-what-the-heck-let’s-go-back-to “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.”

Not a bad song really, The Dirt Band’s “An American Dream” reached #13 a few weeks into the decade. I recall hearing this one growing up in Atlanta. I suppose down there pop radio stations were much more friendly to country-based groups like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band versus stations in other regions of the country. However, even the west coast surely couldn’t resist this one with Linda Ronstadt on background vocals.

“An American Dream” ended up the #72 song of 1980.

Memorable lyric: “I think a tropical vacation this year might be the answer to this hillbilly beer.”



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