Sister Golden Hair
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Sister Golden Hair
"Sister Golden Hair"
Sister Golden Hair - America.jpg
Single by America
from the album Hearts
ReleasedMarch 19, 1975
GenreFolk rock, soft rock[1]
LabelWarner Bros. 8086
Gerry Beckley
George Martin
America singles chronology
"Lonely People"
"Sister Golden Hair"
"Daisy Jane"

"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 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]

Chart performance


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  2. ^ "The Hot 100 : Jun 14, 1975 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 2013.
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  4. ^ " - America - Sister Golden Hair". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
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