Pure Prairie League

Amie

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Fresh out of the '70s country-rock scene emerged the melody-ridden "Amie," a charming little country-pop tune that would give the Ohio-based Pure Prairie League their second biggest chart hit, but would easily become their most memorable. Written by their lead man at the time, Craig Fuller, who had a voice that was custom-made for radio, "Amie" made it into the Top 30 in 1975 as Pure Prairie League's first charted single. The song originates from 1972's Bustin' Out, an album that utilized Mick Ronson to help put together its lush string arrangements and light, affable sound. FM radio automatically soaked up the single, as did the country stations, and while Fuller, as conscientious objector to the Vietnam War was doing alternate service working in a hospital in Kentucky , the rest of the band was enjoying "Amie"'s success. A demand by college radio prompted RCA to release the song a short time after it had made its mark, and "Amie" soon became one of the decade's most popular country-rock tunes. The band itself went through various personnel changes, and soon after Fuller was let out of prison, he went on to form American Flyer, replaced by lead singer Larry Goshorn. After Goshorn exited, the band enjoyed their highest of four Top 40 hits with 1980's "Let Me Love You Tonight," this time with Vince Gill as the frontman. The band scored hits with "I'm Almost Ready" and "Still Right Here in My Heart" in the early '80s, but like most of the country-rock bands of the time, Pure Prairie League faded into obscurity, with Gill enjoying a rather successful solo career in country music. Even after their demise, the band will always be remembered for two distinguishing characteristics; Luke, their Norman Rockwell-drawn cowboy character, and by Fuller's sweet voice which made "Amie" one of the genre's best songs.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bustin' Out 1972 RCA 4:18
No Image 1976
Various Artists
Ronco Silver
Amie & Other Hits 1981 RCA 4:18
No Image 1981 RCA
No Image 1987 Rushmore Productions
The Best of Country Rock [K-Tel] 1991
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:21
Sounds of the Seventies: AM Nuggets 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:17
No Image 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
The Best of Pure Prairie League 1995 Mercury Nashville 4:18
Hillbilly Fever, Vol. 5: Legends of Country Rock 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 23 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Heroes of Country Music, Vol. 5: Legends of Country Rock 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Dim the Lights: Soft Rock Hits of the 70's 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:18
Mellow Rock Hits of the '70s: Ventura Highway 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 4:21
70's Southern Rock 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 3:14
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials on the Radio, Vol. 2: The '70s 1997
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:41
Rockin' 70's [BMG] 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:20
Hits of the 70's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Valmark 4:20
Time in a Bottle 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:20
Highway Rock: Southern Nights 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:21
Amie: The Encore Collection 1998 BMG Special Products 4:21
Soft Rock Classics [Rhino Box] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 4:21
70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 4: Southern Comfort 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Best of Southern Rock [Rock Bottom] 1998
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:37
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 7 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:18
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:18
Time in a Bottle: Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:20
Greatest Hits 1999 RCA 4:20
Rock On, 1975: Midnight Blue 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:21
Greatest Hits of the 70's [BMG Greeting Card CD] 2000
Various Artists
4:20
Goin' South 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:17
Rolling Stone Presents: The 70's California Sound 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:21
Dream Merchant and Other Classic Seventies Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:20
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:21
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '70s, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:20
Jukebox Hits of the '70s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:20
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:20
Desperado: The Best of Country Rock 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:20
The Greatest Hits of the 70's [Platinum 2003 #2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:21
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:20
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:20
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:20
Oldies But Goodies: 13 of the Best 70's Country 2004
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:21
Pure Prairie League/Bustin' Out 2006 Acadia 4:17
Rock of the Seventies [Sbme] 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:21
Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:21
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:21
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Reflections 3:15
The 70s: Pure Prairie League BMG / Sony BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 4:21