The Eagles

The Eagles

Band Members

Don Henley (b. July 22, 1947, Gilmer, TX, USA): drums, vocals. 1972 to date.

Glenn Frey (b. November 6, 1948, Detroit, MI, USA): guitars, vocals. 1972 – 2016.

Joe Walsh (b. November 20, 1947, Wichita, KS, USA): guitars, vocals. 1975 to date.

Timothy B. Schmit (b. October 30, 1947, Sacramento, CA, USA): bass, vocals. 1979 to date.

Don Felder (b. September 21, 1947, Topanga, CA, USA): guitars, vocals. 1974 – 2000.

Randy Meisner (b. March 8, 1947, Scottsbluff, NE, USA): bass, vocals. 1972 – 1979.

Bernie Leadon (b. July 19, 1947, Minneapolis, MN, USA): guitars, vocals. 1972 – 1975.

Deacon Frey (b. April 17, 1993): vocals, guitars. 2017 to date.

Vince Gill (b. April 12, 1957, Norman, OK, USA): vocals, guitars. 2017 to date.

 

Biographical Sketch

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971 by Glenn Frey (vocals and guitars), Don Henley (vocals and drums), Bernie Leadon (guitars), and Randy Meisner (bass). When Leadon and Meisner left in the mid-1970s, they were replaced by Don Felder and James Gang front man Joe Walsh on guitars, and Meisner’s successor with Poco, Timothy B. Schmit, on the bass.

With seven number-one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, Their Greatest Hits (1971 – 1975) and Hotel California, ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and the band was ranked No. 75 on the magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold over 150 million records – 100 million in the U.S. alone – including 42 million copies of Their Greatest Hits (1971 – 1975) and 32 million copies of Hotel California. They are the fifth-highest-selling music act and highest-selling American band in US history. No American band sold more records than the Eagles during the 1970s.

The Eagles released their self-titled debut album in 1972, which spawned three Top 40 singles: Take It EasyWitchy Woman, and Peaceful Easy Feeling. Their next album, Desperado (1973), was less successful than the first, reaching only No. 41 on the charts; neither of its singles reached the Top 40. However, the album contained two of the band’s most popular tracks: Desperado and Tequila Sunrise. They released On the Border in 1974, adding guitarist Don Felder midway through the recording of the album. The album generated two Top 40 singles: Already Gone and their first Number One, Best of My Love.

It was not until 1975’s One of These Nights that the Eagles became America’s biggest band. The album included three Top 10 singles: One of These NightsLyin’ Eyes, and Take It to the Limit. They continued that success in late 1976 with the release of Hotel California, which would go on to sell over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone and over 32 million copies worldwide. The album yielded three Top 20 singles, New Kid in TownHotel California, and Life in the Fast Lane. They released their last studio album for nearly 28 years in 1979 with The Long Run, which spawned three Top 10 singles: Heartache TonightThe Long Run, and I Can’t Tell You Why.

The Eagles disbanded in July 1980 but reunited in 1994 for the album Hell Freezes Over, a mix of live and new studio tracks. They have toured intermittently since then and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden, their first full studio album in 28 years. The album would top the album charts, release five singles to the Adult Contemporary Charts, and win the band two Grammys. The next year they launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour in support of the album. In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the documentary release, History of the Eagles. Following Glenn Frey‘s death in January 2016, the Eagles re-formed in 2017, with Glenn’s son Deacon Frey and Vince Gill sharing lead vocals for Frey‘s songs.

Read more about The Eagles on Wikipedia.

 

Major Awards and Honors

Hall of Fame Inductions
Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1998: The Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh)
Vocal Group Hall of Fame
  • 2001: The Eagles
Musicians Hall of Fame
  • 2016: Don Felder
Grammy Hall of Fame
  • 2000: Rock Album – “Desperado”
  • 2003: Rock Single – “Hotel California”
  • 2008: Rock Album – “Hotel California”
Others
Grammies
  • 1975: Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus – “Lyin’ Eyes”
    Grammy awarded to: The Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner), artist.
  • 1977: Record Of The Year – “Hotel California”
    Grammy awarded to: The Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh), artist; Bill Szymczyk, producer.
  • 1977: Best Arrangement For Voices – “New Kid In Town”
    Grammy awarded to: The Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh), arranger.
  • 1979: Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group – “Heartache Tonight”
    Grammy awarded to: The Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh), artist.
  • 2007: Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals – “How Long”
    Grammy awarded to: The Eagles (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, Joe Walsh), artist.
  • 2008: Best Pop Instrumental Performance – “I Dreamed There Was No War”
    Grammy awarded to: The Eagles (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, Joe Walsh), artist.
American Music Awards
  • 1977: Favorite Pop/Rock Album – “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)”
  • 1981: Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
  • 1996: Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
  • 1996: Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
  • 1996: Favorite Pop/Rock Album – “Hell Freezes Over”
Country Music Awards (American Academy of Country Music)
  • 1975: Top Vocal Group
  • 2007: Top Vocal Group
Silver Clef Awards (Great Britain)
  • 2006
Rolling Stone Magazine
  • 100 Greatest Artists of All Time: #75 – The Eagles
  • 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time: #54 – Joe Walsh
  • 100 Greatest Singers of All Time: #87 – Don Henley
  • 500 Greatest Albums of All Time:
    • #37 – “Hotel California”
    • #368 – “The Eagles”
  • 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: #49 – “Hotel California”
VH1
  • 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll: #23 – The Eagles
Country Music Television
  • 40 Greatest Men of Country Music: #34 – The Eagles

 

Discography

Band Releases
  • Eagles (1972)
  • Desperado (1973)
  • On the Border (1974)
  • One of These Nights (1975)
  • Their Greatest Hits: 1971–1975 (1976)
  • Hotel California (1976)
  • The Long Run (1979)
  • Eagles Live (1980)
  • Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1982)
  • The Best of the Eagles (1985)
  • The Legend of Eagles (1988)
  • The Very Best of the Eagles (1994) (Germany)
  • Hell Freezes Over (1994)
  • Selected Works 1972 – 1999 (2000)
  • The Very Best of The Eagles (2001)
  • The Very Best of / The Complete Greatest Hits (2003)
  • Eagles (2005)
    – Limited edition box set.
  • Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
  • The Studio Albums 1972 – 1979 (2013)
  • Legacy (2018)
  • Live from the Forum: MMXVIII (2020)
1979 – 2016 Members’ Solo Releases

See artist pages for:

Compilations and Sountrack Contributions
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1977)
    – Song: Journey of the Sorcerer.
  • FM (1978)
    – Song: Life in the Fast Lane.
  • Urban Cowboy (1980)
    – Song: Lyin’ Eyes.
  • Inside Moves (1980)
    – Song: I Can’t Tell You Why.
  • Molten Metal (1990)
    – Song: Take It to the Limit.
  • California Avenue (1990)
    – Songs: Take It Easy and Hotel California.
  • Christmas of Hope (1995)
    – Song: Please Come Home for Christmas.
  • Outside Providence (1999)
    – Song: Take It Easy.
  • 2004 Grammy Nominees (2004)
    – Song: Hole in the World.
  • A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg (2017)
    – Song: Part of the Plan.
Don Felder’s Releases
Solo
  • Airborne (1983)
  • Road to Forever (2012)
  • American Rock ‘n’ Roll (2019)
With Flow
  • Flow (1970)
Soundtrack Contributions
  • Heavy Metal: Music From The Motion Picture (1981)
    – Songs: Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride) and All of You.
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Music From the Motion Picture (1982)
    – Song: Never Surrender (written by Don Felder and Kenny Loggins).
  • The Slugger’s Wife (1985)
    – Song: Wild Life.
  • Secret Admirer (1985)
    – Song: She’s Got a Part of Me.
  • Nice Dreams (1985)
    – Song: A Walk in the Garden.
Randy Meisner’s Releases
Solo
  • Randy Meisner (1978)
  • One More Song (1980)
  • Randy Meisner (1982)
  • Live in Dallas (2002)
  • Love Me or Leave Me Alone (2005)
With Poco
  • Pickin’ Up the Pieces (1969)
  • The Very Best of Poco (1975)
  • Poco: The Songs of Richie Furay (1980)
  • The Best of (1980)
  • Legacy (1989)
  • The Forgotten Trail: 1969-74 (1990)
  • The Ultimate Collection (1998)
  • The Very Best of Poco (1999)
  • The Essential Poco (2005)
With Black Tie
  • When the Night Falls (1985)
With Meisner, Swan, and Rich
  • Meisner, Swan, and Rich (2001)
With The Poor
  • The Poor (2001)
With The Drivin’ Dynamics
  • Drivin’ Dynamics (2004)
Compilations and Soundtrack Contributions
  • FM (1978)
    – Song: Bad Man.
  • Faith (1990)
    – Songs: You and Into the Night.
  • Country Rock 2: Slow Dancin’ (1993)
    – Song: Deep Inside My Heart.
  • Radio Daze: Pop Hits of the ’80s, Vol. 5 (1995)
    – Song: Hearts on Fire.
  • Get into the Greed: Greatest Hits of the 80s (1996)
    – Song: Hearts on Fire.
Bernie Leadon’s Releases
Solo
  • Natural Progressions (1977)
    – With Michael Georgiades.
  • Mirror (2003)
With The Maundy Quintet
  • 2’s Better Than 3 / I’m Not Alone (1967)
With Hearts and Flowers
  • Of Horses, Kids, and Forgotten Women (1968)
With Dillard & Clark
  • The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark (1968)
  • Through Morning, Through Night (1969)
With Linda Ronstadt & The Corvettes
  • Music from Free Creek (1973)
    – Recorded 1969.
With Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Burrito Deluxe (1970)
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers (1971)
  • Sleepless Nights (1976)
    – Recorded 1970.
  • Devils in Disguise: 1971 Live Radio Broadcast (2012)
    – Recorded 1971.
With Chris Hillman, David Mansfield, Al Perkins and Jerry Scheff
  • Ever Call Ready (1985)
With The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Hold On (1987)
  • Workin’ Band (1988)
With Run C&W
  • Into the Twangy-First Century (1993)
  • Row vs. Wade (1994)

 

 

 

From the Lyrics

Already Gone

(Album: On the Border)

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key.”

Wasted Time

(Album: Hotel California)

“Sometimes to keep it together you’ve got to leave it alone.”

Hotel California

“Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said ‘We are all just prisoners here,
Of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
‘Relax,’ said the night man,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave …”

Long Road Out of Eden

“Freeways flickering; cell phones chiming a tune
We’re riding to Utopia; road map says we’ll be arriving soon
Captains of the old order clinging to the reins
Assuring us these aches inside are only growing pains
But it’s a long road out of Eden
(…)
Behold the bitten apple, the power of the tools
But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
And it’s a long road out of Eden”

 

Links

The Eagles
Don Henley
Glenn Frey
Joe Walsh
Timothy B. Schmit
Don Felder
Randy Meisner
Bernie Leadon

 

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