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"By the time Vince Gill joined Pure Prairie League for their final 2 years in 1979, there were no original members left in the band. Original founders Craig Fuller, George Ed Powell and John David Call were gone (Powell being the only "first four" album vet) and the sound had changed considerably toward a more pop vein. However, within the first four albums, some incredible country/pop/rock music was made, including the legendary hit "Amie"

Their 1972 self-titled debut album, "Pure Prairie League" contained "Tear" and "Take It Before You Go" which should have both been huge AM hits. "Your Between Me", "Woman" and "Harmony Song" did receive some decent FM airplay. As a result of this strong album, RCA rushed out the second PPL album "Bustin' Out".

Shortly after the release of "Bustin' Out" the band broke up. The response had been lukewarm, so Fuller went on to other projects (Fuller/Katz and American Flyer). 1973 and 1974 went without a trace of PPL, but local bar bands and "hip" radio stations across the country picked up on "Amie", and the exposure led to public demand nationwide. RCA re-released "Amie" as a single and its tremendous success resulted in the re-formation of PPL in 1975 with original members Powell and Call. In 1975 "Two Lane Highway" was released, with guest stars (and fans) Emmylou Harris, Don Felder, Chet Atkins and Johnny Gimble. 1976 saw the release of "If The Shoe Fits", featuring a great cover of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day". The album also featured "I Can Only Think Of You", "Lucille Crawfield", "Gimme Another Chance" and "Aren't You Mine".

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