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"Sister Golden Hair"
Song by America
from the album Hearts
ReleasedMarch 19, 1975
GenreFolk rock, soft rock[1]
LabelWarner Bros. 8086
Songwriter(s)Gerry Beckley
Producer(s)George Martin

"Sister Golden Hair" is a song written by Gerry Beckley and recorded by the band America for their fifth album Hearts (1975). It was their second single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for just one week.[2]


The lyrics were largely inspired by the works of Jackson Browne. Beckley commented, "[Jackson Browne] has a knack, an ability to put words to music, that is much more like the L.A. approach to just genuine observation as opposed to simplifying it down to its bare essentials... I find Jackson can depress me a little bit, but only through his honesty; and it was that style of his which led to a song of mine, 'Sister Golden Hair', which is probably the more L.A. of my lyrics... [It] was one of the first times I used 'ain't' in a song, but I wasn't making an effort to. I was just putting myself in that frame of mind and I got those kind of lyrics out of it."[3] Although the song is a message from a man to his lover, explaining that he still loves her despite being not ready for marriage, the title was initially inspired by the mothers of all three members of the group, all of whom were blondes.[citation needed]

Chart performance[]

Preceded by
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 14, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille


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  2. "The Hot 100 : Jun 14, 1975 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  3. Corbett, John (May 29, 2004). America Revisited - Part 3,
  4. " – America – Sister Golden Hair". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  5. "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. " – America – Sister Golden Hair". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  7. "America Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  8. "America Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  9. "Australian Chart Book". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  10. "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  11. [1][dead link]

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