One of America’s oldest rock bands, Ambrosia was formed in Southern California in 1970. Original members include founder David Peck on guitar/vocals, Joe Puerta on bass/vocals, Burleigh Drummond on drums and Christopher North on keyboards. Later on, Ambrosia added Doug Jackson, Ken Stacey and Mary Harris, who are currently performing with the band. Ambrosia has also had ten previous members.
Their primary musical influences are The Beatles and The Beach Boys; they’ve mixed that classic 60s vibe with a progressive, soft rock sound. In Ambrosia’s early days, they performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the sound engineer – Gordon Perry – was so mesmerized that he offered them free tickets to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where they met conductor Zubin Mehta. Like Perry, Mehta was so impressed that he featured Ambrosia as part of an “All American Dream concert.”
After the concert that skyrocketed Ambrosia to the top, they were signed by Warner Brothers. Five albums later, founder and lead singer David Peck ended up parting ways with the band to start his own solo career, while popular member Joe Puerta became a founder of Bruce Hornsby and the Range.
Ambrosia appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011 as part of a theme show. The band has also performed with the likes of Michael McDonald, Edgar Winter, Dave Mason, Gary Wright and many more.
With decades of performances, Ambrosia has released five successful studio albums, including 1975’s self-titled Ambrosia, 1976’s Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled, 1978’s Life Beyond L.A., 1980’s One Eighty, 1982’s Road Island and 1987’s Anthology.
Their first album Ambrosia reached the Top 20 chart and singles “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” and “Holdin’ Onto Yesterday” quickly became fan favorites. Their second album produced hits such as “Can’t Let A Woman,” which was one of the top songs played on FM radio in 1976. However, it wasn’t until 1978 that they released their first Gold single, “How Much I Feel,” which reached number three on the Top 100 Countdown.
Their principal hit was titled “Biggest Part of Me” and their album One Eighty earned them three Grammy nominations. They’ve also had songs appear in films, such as their single “Poor Rich Boy” – featured in Arthur – and “Outside,” which was featured in Inside Moves.
Tour and Tickets
Having toured with the likes of the legendary Fleetwood Mac, Heart and the iconic Doobie Brothers, Ambrosia’s 2016 tour passes through cities such as Wilmington, North Carolina and Saint Louis, Missouri.