Today's piece of Lost Jewelry from the Vaults at Oldiez 93 for Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 comes from The Dirt Band!
On January 12th, 1980, "An American Dream", featuring Linda Ronstadt on harmony vocal, entered Billboard's Top 40 and dreamt its way up to #13, spending eleven weeks in the chart, longer than many songs that went to #1.
The Dirt Band, originally The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a country-folk-rock band from Long Beach, California, was led by Jenn Hanna and John McEuen. The band has been through numerous personnel changes. The band shortened its name to simply "The Dirt Band" from 1978-181, then returned to "The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band".
The band placed three songs in the Top 40 between 1971 and 1980.
In May of 1977, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band became the first American band allowed to tour Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Latvia of The Soviet Union. They were also billed as "The Toot Uncommons" when they performed as Steve Martin's backing band for his novelty hit "King Tut".
The band is still active and commerated their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a sold out show at The Rymen in Nashville.