Ambrosia released their acclaimed debut album in 1975 on 20th Century Fox Records. The self-titled album (which was mixed by Alan Parsons and Grammy-nominated for “Best Engineered Album”) spawned the band’s first top 20 national hit “Holdin On To Yesterday.” This early success, which also included #1 FM radio and college hits, allowed the band to tour America with acts such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Rush and Kansas, aggregating a large fan base as a premier progressive rock act. Billboard magazine and countless TV entertainment shows of the day called Ambrosia “the next big thing” in music.
The band was so hot by the fall of 1975 that legendary manager & film producer Jerry Weintraub asked for a meeting and pitched wanting to manage the band, but the group declined.
Ambrosia then scored another top 40 hit with a cover of the Beatles classic “Magical Mystery Tour” (featuring the London Philharmonic) appearing on the film soundtrack for “All This and WW2.” Then in 1976 Alan Parsons produced their 2nd album “Somewhere I’ve Never Traveled.” The album received great critical acclaim, including Billboard calling it "a close-up into one of the most intriguing collective minds in today's music." It was nominated for a Grammy, and yielded several #1 FM radio hits, bolstered by constant touring in America.
Then with a label change to venerable Warner Bros. Records came Ambrosia’s signature hit songs: 1978’s #1 smash "How Much I Feel" then 1980’s “Biggest Part of Me” and "You're The Only Woman," all BMI 3 Million Airplay and Grammy nominated songs. The band was featured on major TV shows including hosting Dick Clark’s Rockin' New Years’ Eve 1981, Midnight Special, and Don Kirshners’ “Rock Concert.” Warner Bros. put them on packaged tours with Fleetwood Mac, and several tours with the Doobie Brothers.
This momentum helped the band sell out L.A.’s premier concert venue The Greek Theater in the early 80’s. Then the band recorded their last studio record with Pink Floyd engineer/producer James Guthrie in England, titled “Road Island,” in 1982. They disbanded a year later.