Ambrosia is a veteran soft rock group that became famous during the late 1970s and early 1980s. With a smooth and polished sound that is a unique blend of pop, progressive rock, and blue-eyed soul, the band's best known songs include the haunting "Holdin' On To Yesterday" (1975), the soulful "How Much I Feel" (1978), the funky "Biggest Part Of Me" (1980), and the soaring "You're The Only Woman (You & I)" (1980).
Formed in Los Angeles in 1970, the original lineup consisted of Burleigh Drummond (drums, percussion, vocals), Christopher North (keyboards), Joe Puerta (bass, vocals), and lead singer/guitarist David Pack who also served as the main songwriter along with other band members. Ambrosia came to the attention of Zubin Mehta, then conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who was so impressed that he invited the band to perform with the orchestra at an All-American Dream Concert in 1971 - but it wasn't until some four years later that Ambrosia landed its first recording contract (with 20th Century) and released its critically acclaimed eponymous debut album.
Ambrosia debuted in 1975 with "Holdin' On To Yesterday," a Top 20 hit. This smash was followed by "Nice, Nice, Very Nice" (1975), "Can't Let A Woman" (1976), and a cover of The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" (1977, with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), the latter of which was part of the soundtrack to the 1976 musical documentary, "All This And World War II." Ambrosia had its greatest hits with "How Much I Feel" (1978) and "Biggest Part Of Me" (1980), which both made the Top 5 and were followed soon after by "You're The Only Woman (You & I)" (1980), another Top 20 hit. Several minor hits followed through 1982 that include "How Can You Love Me" (1982), and the band's final charting song came years later in 1997 with "I Just Can't Let Go," a Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart hit.
After Ambrosia disbanded in 1982, David Pack went on to pursue a highly successful solo career both as a performer and as a producer for other artists. The band reunited in 1989 with all four original members and has continued to record and tour actively to the present, with a number of personnel changes over the years. Pack left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Doug Jackson who remains a part of the current lineup along with original members Burleigh Drummond, Christopher North, and Joe Puerta, plus newer member Mary Harris (keyboards, vocals).
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