Chart Performance: Pop (#3) and Adult Contemporary (#3); 1980
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
In Greek and Roman mythology “ambrosia” was the food of the gods: for four men from Southern California it captured the diversity of their music. Like many South Bay area musicians, guitarist David Pack, bassist Joe Puerta, keyboardist Christopher North, and drummer Burleigh Drummond were influenced by the harmony-rich Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. King Crimson provided the other key element in Ambrosia’s pop-and-prog sound. In 1971, Ambrosia’s regional reputation landed them a spot on an All-American Dream Concert led by legendary conductor Zubin Mehta of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Two tracks from the quartet’s self-titled debut album charted in 1975 and they were invited by Ambrosia producer Alan Parsons to play on his Project’s Tales Of Mystery And Imagination. Ambrosia’s third album yielded a #3 smash in 1978, How Much I Feel. Another Pack penned song, The Biggest Part Of Me, matched Feel‘s chart peak and grabbed a “Pop Vocal Group” Grammy nomination for Ambrosia.
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- Freddie Piro
Lyrics Written by:
- David Pack