There is such a joy for me in posting this story…..mainly due to the fact that our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was a card-carrying member of The Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll Generation of the 1960’s and 1970’s…..and when it came to rock n roll, yeah, there were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Who et al…..all of whom but for BD’s liking, none of them measured up to the music put out by The Eagles….for the is no question that they were the best rock n roll group to ever come out of America….and this story will go a long way in providing significant evidence to that fact…..cuz their voices, harmony, song writing abilities, combination of musical talents….as well as musical interpretation…..were simply unequaled by none. So, welcome to the story of America’s best rock n roll band to ever grace a stage.
Music & News – 2018 – CBS 60 Minutes Australia With Tara Brown – The Eagles Interview – Honest, Sober And Nothing’s Off Limits
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971….who amassed five # 1 singles….six # 1 albums…..six Grammy Awards…..and five American Music Awards…..while the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970’s globally…..with founding members Glenn Frey (guitars, vocals), Don Henley (drums, vocals), Bernie Leadon (guitars, vocals) and Randy Meisner (bass guitar, vocals)…..who were recruited by Linda Ronstadt as band members….with some touring with her…..and all playing on her 3rd solo album….which was before venturing out on their own on David Geffen’s new Asylum Records label.
Music – 2013 – Special Documentary – History Of The Eagles During The Decade Of The 1970’s
Their debut album, Eagles in 1972, spawned two top 20 singles in the US and Canada….which were “Take It Easy” and “Witchy Woman”…..whereas, their follow-up album during the next year, Desperado, only peaked at # 41 in the US….albeit when Linda Ronstadt recorded it, “Desperado” became a popular track. In 1974, guitarist Don Felder joined the band….and the album On the Border produced the top 40 hit “Already Gone”….as well as the Eagles’ first # 1 song in the US and Canada, “Best of My Love”…..which made the top 15 in Australia….as their first hit overseas. In 1975, guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh replaced Leadon….and the album One of These Nights became their first # 1 album in the US….and top 10 album in many countries. It included the US # 1 hit “One of These Nights”…..which was their 1st top 10 hit outside of North America…..as well as US top five songs “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It to the Limit”. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) album is still the best-selling album in the United States…..with 38 million sold….which primed the public for late 1976 release of Hotel California….which would sell more than 26 million copies in the U.S…..thus ranking it 3rd all-time for US sales….and more than 42 million copies worldwide. The album yielded two # 1 singles in the US and Canada with “New Kid in Town” and “Hotel California”….as the latter became their only top 10 hit in the United Kingdom…..while also reaching the top 10 in New Zealand and many European countries, including # 2 in France.
Music – 1974 – Eagles Live In With Jackson Browne – “Take It Easy”
Music – 1976 – Eagles Live At The Houston Summit – “Witchy Woman”
Music – 1977 – Eagles Live In Concert – “One Of These Nights”
As depicted in the Eagles history documentary above….while during a tour in 1977…..that is when Meisner had grown tired of singing his signature sustained high harmony in Take It To The Limit…..and refused to perform the song…..and since this was a very popular number with audiences, Henley insisted but without success…..so, Meisner was then replaced by Timothy B. Schmit. The Eagles released their last studio album for nearly 28 years in 1979 with The Long Run…..which spawned the North American # 1 song “Heartache Tonight”…..which became their biggest hit in Australia at # 13…. and the North American top 10 hits “The Long Run” and “I Can’t Tell You Why”.
Music – 1979 – Eagles Live In Recording Studio – “The Long Run”
Music – 2013 – Eagles Live In Concert – “I Can’t Tell You Why”
Music – 1980 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Heartache Tonight”
The Eagles broke up in 1980….but reunited in 1994 for the album Hell Freezes Over….which was a mix of live and new studio tracks…..while touring consistently. In 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden….which became their 6th # 1 album in the US…..and then in 2008, they launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour. In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the documentary release, History of the Eagles…..as seen above. Following 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.
Music – 2020 – Eagles Live In Houston Texas With Vince Gill + Deacon Frey – “New Kid In Town”
Music & Interview – 2018 – Taste Of Country Interview With Vince Gill – On His Experience Of Being With The Eagles Band
The Eagles are one of the world’s best-selling bands….while having sold more than 200 million records….which includes 100 million sold in U.S alone. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998….and were ranked # 75 on Rolling Stone‘s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Music – 1971 To 2018 – WatchMojo.com Special – “Top Ten Eagles Songs”
The Eagles began in early 1971….when Linda Ronstadt and her then-manager John Boylan recruited local Los Angeles musicians Glenn Frey and Don Henley for her band…..as Henley had moved to Los Angeles from Texas with his band Shiloh to record an album produced by Kenny Rogers….and Frey had come from Michigan and formed Longbranch Pennywhistle….when they had met in 1970 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles….and became acquainted through their mutual record label, Amos Records. Randy Meisner, who had been working with Ricky Nelson’s backing band, the Stone Canyon Band….. and Bernie Leadon, a veteran of the Flying Burrito Brothers, also later joined Ronstadt’s group of performers for her summer tour promoting the Silk Purse album.
Music – 1971 – Live At The Troubadour – Linda Ronstadt With Don Henley + Glenn Frey
Music – 1876 – Live At The Troubadour Club – Linda Ronstadt + Eagles – “Silver Threads And Golden Needles”
Music & Interview – 1978 – Rare Tv Appearances Interrview With Linda Ronstadt – As She Talks About How The Eagles Came Together
Music & Interview – 2013 – Eagles Live Interview At The Connaught Hotel – As They Talk About Linda Rondstadt.
While on the tour, Frey and Henley decided to form a band together and informed Ronstadt of their intention…..as Frey later credited Ronstadt with suggesting Leadon for the band….while arranging for Leadon to play for her so Frey and Henley could approach him about forming a band together….as they also pitched the idea to Meisner….and brought him on board. These four played live together behind Ronstadt only once for a July concert at Disneyland….but all four appeared on her eponymous album. It was later proposed that J. D. Souther should join the band, but Meisner objected….so, the four were signed in September 1971 to Asylum Records….which was the new label started by David Geffen….who was introduced to Frey by Jackson Browne. Geffen bought out Frey’s and Henley’s contracts with Amos Records….and sent the four to Aspen, Colorado, to develop as a band. Having not settled on a band name yet, they performed their first show in October 1971 under the name of Teen King and the Emergencies at a club called The Gallery in Aspen. The idea of naming the band “Eagles” came during a peyote and tequila-influenced group outing in the Mojave Desert. Accounts of the origin of the name however vary….as Don Felder (who had yet to join the Eagles and was not at the desert) credited Leadon with originating the name when he recalled reading about the Hopis’ reverence for the eagle….while J.D. Souther suggested that the idea came when Frey shouted out, “Eagles!” when they saw eagles flying above. Steve Martin, a friend of the band from their early days at The Troubadour, recounts in his autobiography that he suggested that they should be referred to as “the Eagles”….but Frey insists that the group’s name is simply “Eagles”. Geffen and partner Elliot Roberts initially managed the band….but they were later replaced by Irving Azoff while the Eagles were recording their 3rd album.
Music – 2020 – Special – “Eagles Band Evolution (1970 – 2020)”
The group’s eponymous debut album was recorded in England in February 1972 with producer Glyn Johns…..as Johns was impressed by the harmony singing of the band….and he has been credited with shaping the band into “the country-rock band with those high-flyin’ harmonies”. Released on June 1, 1972, Eagles was a breakthrough success, yielding three Top 40 singles. The first single and lead track, “Take It Easy”, was a song written by Frey with his then-neighbor and fellow country-folk rocker Jackson Browne….as Browne had written the 1st verse of the song….but got stalled on the 2nd verse after the line “I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.”….when Frey completed the verse….and Browne carried on to finish the song. The song reached # 12 on the Billboard Hot 100…..and was followed by the bluesy “Witchy Woman”….along with the soft country rock ballad “Peaceful Easy Feeling”….with both charting at # 9 and # 22 respectively…..the the group were one of the support acts for Yes on their Close to the Edge Tour.
Music – 1973 – Eagles Live – “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
Music – 1993 – Eagles Glenn Frey & Joe Walsh Sing “Peaceful Easy Feeling” Live At Riverbend Festival In Chattanooga, TN
Music – 2020 – Eagles Live In Houston, Texas – “Take It Easy”
Their 2nd album, Desperado, took Old West outlaws for its theme….while drawing comparisons between their lifestyles and modern rock stars. During these recording sessions, Henley and Frey began collaborating….as they co-wrote eight of the album’s eleven songs….which included “Tequila Sunrise” and “Desperado”….which became two of the group’s most popular songs. The album was less successful than the 1st….while reaching only # 41 on the US Billboard 200….and yielding two singles, “Tequila Sunrise”….which reached # 61 on the Billboard Hot 100….and “Outlaw Man”….which peaked at # 59. With Henley and Frey co-writing the bulk of the album, the album marked a significant change for the band…..as the pair also began to dominate in terms of leadership…..while the early assumption had been that Leadon and Meisner as veteran musicians would have a greater influence on the band.
Music – Music – 2015 – The Howard Stern Show With Don Henley Singing “Desperado”
Music – 1973 – Eagles Live At Popgala – “Tequila Sunrise”
Music – 1973 – Eagles – “Outlaw Man”
For their next album, On the Border, Henley and Frey wanted the band to break away from the country rock style….and move more towards hard rock. The Eagles initially started with Glyn Johns as the producer for this album….. but he tended to emphasize the lush side of their double-edged music…..so, after completing only two usable songs, the band turned to Bill Szymczyk to produce the rest of the album…..as Szymczyk wanted a harder-edged guitarist for the song “Good Day in Hell”…..and the band remembered Bernie Leadon’s childhood friend Don Felder, a guitarist who had jammed backstage with the band in 1972 when they opened for Yes in Boston. Felder had been nicknamed “Fingers” at the jam by Frey….which was a name that stuck due to his guitar proficiency. In January 1974, Frey called Felder to add slide guitar to the song “Good Day in Hell”…..and the band was so impressed that they invited him to join the group as the 5th Eagle the next day…..then he appeared on one other song on the album….which was the uptempo breakup song “Already Gone”…..when he performed a guitar duet with Frey…..as the song was released as the 1st single from the album….and it reached # 32 on the charts. On the Border yielded a # 1 Billboard single with “Best of My Love”….which hit the top of the charts on March 1, 1975. The song was the Eagles’ 1st of five # 1 chart-toppers. The album included a cover version of the Tom Waits song “Ol’ ’55”…..and the single “James Dean”….. which reached # 77 on the charts.
Music – 1974 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Good Day In Hell”
Music – 1994 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Already Gone”
Music – 1977 – Eagles Live In Concert – “The Best Of My Love”
Music – 2018 – Eagles Live At Bankers Life Fieldhouse – “Ol 55” – With Vince Gill + Deacon Frey
The band played at the California Jam festival in Ontario, California, on April 6, 1974…..which attracting more than 300,000 fans…..and was billed as “the Woodstock of the West Coast”….as the festival featured Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, Seals & Crofts, Black Oak Arkansas, and Rare Earth. Portions of the show were telecast on ABC television in the United States….which exposed the Eagles to a wider audience. Felder missed the show when he was called away to attend the birth of his son….so, Jackson Browne filled in for him on piano and acoustic guitar.
Music – 1976 – Eagles Live At The Summit In Houston – “James Dean”
The Eagles released their 4th studio album, One of These Nights, on June 10, 1975…..which was a breakthrough album for the Eagles…..while making them international superstars…..as it was their 1st in a string of four consecutive # 1 albums. The dominant songwriting partnership of Henley and Frey continued on this album…..as the 1st single was the title track…. which became their 2nd consecutive # 1 chart-topper. Frey has said it is his all-time favorite Eagles tune. The second single was “Lyin’ Eyes”…..which reached # 2 on the charts…..and won the band their 1st Grammy for “Best Pop Performance by a duo or group with vocal”. The final single, “Take It to the Limit”, was written by Meisner, Henley, and Frey…..as it is the only Eagles single to feature Meisner on lead vocals. The song reached # 4 on the charts. The band launched a huge worldwide tour in support of the album….and the album was nominated for a Grammy award for Album of the Year. The group was featured on the cover of the September 25, 1975 issue of Rolling Stone magazine….and then on September 28th, the band joined Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Toots and the Maytals for a show in front of 55,000 people at Anaheim Stadium.
Music – 1977 – Eagles Live In Concert – “One Of These Nights”
Music – 1975 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Lyin’ Eyes”
Music – 1977 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Take It To The Limit”
One of These Nights was their last album to feature founding member Bernie Leadon……as he wrote or co-wrote three songs for the album which included “I Wish You Peace”…..which was written with his girlfriend Patti Davis (daughter of California governor Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan)….and the instrumental “Journey of the Sorcerer”…..which would later be used as the theme music for the BBC’s radio and television versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Leadon was disillusioned with the direction the band’s music was taking….along with his loss of creative control as their sound was moving from his preferred country to rock and roll…..when his dissatisfaction, principally with Frey, boiled over one night when Frey was talking animatedly about the direction they should take next….and Leadon poured a beer over Frey’s head, and said: “You need to chill out, man!” In December 1975, after months of denials, it was announced that Leadon had left the band.
Music & Interrview – 2019 – Rock History Museum Interview With Bernie Leadon – On The Riff With Glenn Frey + Pouring Beer On His Head
Music – 1975 – Eagles – “I Wish You Peace”
Music – 1975 – Eagles – “Journey Of The Sorcerer” – Featuring Bernie Leadon
Music – 1973 – Eagles Live BBC Concert – “Early Bird” – Featuring Bernie Leadon
Leadon’s replacement was guitarist and singer Joe Walsh, who had been a friend of the band for some years. He had previously performed with James Gang, Barnstorm, and as a solo artist; he was also managed by Azoff and used Szymczyk as his record producer. There was some initial concern as to Walsh’s ability to fit in with the band, as he was considered too “wild” for the Eagles, especially by Henley. After the departure of Leadon, the Eagles’ early country sound almost completely disappeared….with the band employing a harder sound with the addition of Felder and Walsh….however, Felder also had to play banjo, pedal steel and mandolin on future tours….. which was something that had previously been Leadon’s domain.
Music – 2005 – Eagles Live In Concert In Melbourne, Australia – Full Concert
In early 1976, the band released their first compilation album, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). The album became the highest-selling album of the 20th century in the United States…..and has since sold 29 million copies in the U.S. (excluding streams and tracks) and 42 million copies worldwide. It stayed the biggest seller of all time until it was taken over by Michael Jackson’s Thriller following the artist’s death in 2009. The album cemented the group’s status as the most successful American band of the decade.
Music – 1971 To 1975 – Eagles Greatest Hits Album
The following album, Hotel California, released on December 8, 1976, was the band’s 5th studio album and the 1st to feature master rock n roll guitarist Joe Walsh. The album took a year and a half to complete, a process that, along with touring, drained the band…..while the album’s 1st single, “New Kid in Town”, became the Eagles’ 3rd # 1 single.
Music – 1994 – Eagles Live In Concert Special Acoustic Rendition Of “Hotel California”
Music – 2020 – Dutch Television Special – Eagles “Hotel California” – Joe Walsh Tells The Story Behind The Song
Music – 2020 – Musicians Hall Of Fame Special – Don Felder Tells The Story of How “Hotel California” by the Eagles was Written & Recorded
The 2nd single was the title track….Hotel California…. which topped the charts in May 1977 and became the Eagles’ signature song…..as it features Henley on lead vocals….with a guitar duet for the ages performed by Felder and Walsh…..as the song was co-written by Felder, Henley, and Frey. The mysterious lyrics have been interpreted in many ways….with some of them very controversial…..as rumors even started in certain quarters that the song was about Satanism…..but the rumor was dismissed by the band….and later by Henley when he told 60 Minutes in 2007 interview that “it’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American Dream and about excess in America, which was something we knew about.”
Music – 1998 – Eagles Induction Ceremony For Rock N Roll Hall Of Game – “Hotel California”
With its hard rock sound, “Life in the Fast Lane” was also a major success that established Walsh’s position in the band…..which was the 3rd and final single from Hotel California….as it reached # 11 on the charts. The ballad “Wasted Time” closes the 1st side of the album….while an instrumental reprise of it opens the 2nd side. The album concludes with “The Last Resort”, a song that Frey once referred to as “Henley’s opus”….but which Henley described as “fairly pedestrian” and “never fully realized, musically speaking”. The run-out groove on side two has the words “V.O.L. Is Five-Piece Live” etched into the vinyl….which means that the instrumental track for the song “Victim of Love” was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs. Henley confirms this in the liner notes of The Very Best Of….however, the song was a point of contention between Don Felder and the rest of the band. In the 2013 documentary, Felder claimed that he had been promised the lead vocal on “Victim of Love”…..for which he had written most of the music….and after many unproductive attempts to record Felder’s vocal, band manager Irving Azoff was delegated to take Felder out for a meal as he removed him from the mix….while Don Henley overdubbed his lead vocal. Hotel California appeared at # 37 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the best albums of all time….and is the band’s best-selling studio album….with more than 17 million copies sold in the U.S. alone…..and more than 32 million copies worldwide.
Music – 2013 – Eagles Live in Concert – “Life In The Fast Lane”
Music – 2011 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Wasted Time”
Music – 2016 – Eagles – “The Last Resort”
Music – 1976 – Eagles – “Victim Of Love”
The album won Grammys for “Record of the Year” for “Hotel California”…. and “Best Arrangement for Voices” for “New Kid in Town”. Hotel California topped the charts and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1978 Grammy Awards….but lost to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. The huge worldwide tour in support of the album further drained the band members and strained their personal and creative relationships…..as Hotel California is the last album to feature founding member Randy Meisner…..who abruptly left the band after the 1977 tour. The Eagles had been touring continuously for eleven months…..as the band was suffering from the strain of the tour…. and Meisner’s stomach ulcers had flared up by the time they arrived in Knoxville in June 1977. Meisner had been struggling to hit the crucial high notes in his signature song, “Take It to the Limit” and was unwilling to perform the song….when Frey and Meisner then became engaged in arguments about Meisner’s reluctance to perform. Meisner decided to not sing the song as an encore at the Knoxville concert because he had been up late and caught the flu….and Frey and Meisner then got into an angry physical confrontation backstage….and Meisner left the venue. After the incident, Meisner was frozen out from the band…..and he decided to leave the group at the end of the tour and return to Nebraska to be with his family…..as his last performance was in East Troy, Wisconsin, on September 3, 1977. The band replaced Meisner with the same musician who had succeeded him in Poco, Timothy B. Schmit, after agreeing that Schmit was the only candidate.
Music – 1977 – Eagles Live In Concert At The Capital Center
In 1977, the group, minus Don Felder, performed instrumental work and backing vocals for Randy Newman’s album Little Criminals, including “Short People”, which has backup vocals by Frey and Schmit.
Music – 1977 – Randy Newman – “Short People” – Featuring Glenn Frey + Thomas Schmit On Back-Up Vocals
The Eagles went into the recording studio in 1977 to begin work on their next album, The Long Run. The album took two years to complete. It was originally intended to be a double album…..but the band members were unable to write enough songs. The Long Run was released on September 24, 1979…..and is considered to be a disappointment by some critics for failing to live up to Hotel California, it proved a huge commercial hit nonetheless; the album topped the charts….even though it sold seven million copies. In addition, it included three Top 10 singles…..as “Heartache Tonight” became their last single to top the Hot 100, on November 10, 1979. The title track, “The Long Run” and “I Can’t Tell You Why” both reached # 8 on the charts….as the band won their 4th Grammy for “Heartache Tonight”…..while “In the City” by Walsh and “The Sad Cafe” became live staples. The band also recorded two Christmas songs during these sessions, “Funky New Year” and “Please Come Home for Christmas”…..which was released as a single in 1978 and reached # 18 on the charts.
Music – 1979 – Eagles – “In The City” – Featuring Joe Walsh
Music – 1979 – Eagles – “The Sad Cafe”
Music – 1979 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Please Come Home For Christmas”
Music – 1979 – Eagles In The Recording Studio – “The Long Run”
Frey, Henley and Schmit contributed backup vocals for the single release of “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs…..with a different version with female backing vocals appears on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack…. along with Eagles’ 1975 hit “Lyin’ Eyes”.
Music – 1980 – Boz Scaggs – “Look What You’ve Done To Me” – With Glenn Frey + Don Henley + Thomas Schmit On Back-Up Vocals
On July 31, 1980, in Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over into what has been described as the “Long Night at Wrong Beach”….as the animosity between Felder and Frey boiled over before the show began…..when Felder said, “You’re welcome – I guess” to California Senator Alan Cranston’s wife as the politician was thanking the band backstage for performing a benefit for his reelection. Frey and Felder spent the entire show telling each other about the beating each planned to administer backstage. “Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal,” Frey recalled Felder telling him near the end of the band’s set. Felder recalls Frey telling him during “Best of My Love”, “I’m gonna kick your ass when we get off the stage.”
Music – 1980 – Special – Eagles Glenn Frey + Don Felder Fighting On Stage
It appeared to be the end of the Eagles…..but the band still had a commitment with Elektra Records to make a live record from the tour…..so, Eagles Live was released in November 1980 after being mixed on opposite coasts…..as Frey had already left the band and would remain in Los Angeles …..while the other band members each worked on their parts in Miami. “We were fixing three-part harmonies courtesy of Federal Express,” said producer Bill Szymczyk. Frey refused to speak to the other Eagles….and he fired Irving Azoff as his manager. With credits that listed five attorneys, the album’s liner notes simply said, “Thank you and goodnight.” A single which was released from the album – “Seven Bridges Road” – had been a live concert staple for the band…..for it was written by Steve Young in an arrangement created by Iain Matthews for his Valley Hi album in 1973. The song reached # 21 on the charts in 1980….which became the Eagles’ last Top 40 single until 1994.
Music – 1980 – Eagles Pre-Live Concert Sound Check – “Seven Bridges Road”
Music – 1980 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Seven Bridges Road”
After the Eagles broke up, the former members pursued solo careers….as Elektra, the band’s long-time record label, initially owned the rights to solo albums created by members of the Eagles. Walsh had established himself as a solo artist in the 1970’s….but it was uncharted waters for the others. Walsh released a successful album in 1981, There Goes the Neighborhood…..but subsequent albums throughout the 1980’s weren’t as well received. During this period, Walsh performed as a session musician for Dan Fogelberg, John Entwistle, Richard Marx, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Steve Winwood….and produced and co-wrote Ringo Starr’s Old Wave album.
Music – 1981 – Joe Walsh – “There Goes The Neighborhood”
Music – 1981 – Joe Walsh Live In Concert – “Rocky Mountain Ways”
Henley achieved commercial solo success…..when in 1981, he sang a duet with Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), “Leather and Lace”. In 1982, he released the album I Can’t Stand Still….which featured the hit “Dirty Laundry”. The next album, Building the Perfect Beast in 1984 featured “The Boys of Summer”…..which was a Billboard # 5 hit….”All She Wants To Do Is Dance” a
# 9 hit….“Not Enough Love in the World” a # 34 hit….and “Sunset Grill”, a # 22 hit. Henley’s next album, The End of the Innocence in 1989, was also a major success…..which included “The End of the Innocence”, “The Last Worthless Evening” and “The Heart of the Matter”….but his solo career was cut short due to a contract dispute with his record company….which was finally resolved when the Eagles reunited in 1994.
Music – 1981 – Stevie Nicks & Don Henley Duet – “Leather And Lace”
Music -2000 – Don Henley Live At Dallas Fair Park Music Hall – “Dirty Laundry”
Music – 1984 – Don Henley – “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”
Music 1986 – Don Henley Live In Concert – “The Boys Of Summer”
Music – 1985 – Don Henley – “Not Enough Love In The World”
Music – 1991 – Don Henley Live In Concert – “The Sunset Grill”
Music – 1987 – Don Henley Live In Concert – “The End Of Innocence”
Music – 2000 – Don Henley Live In Concert – “My Thanksgiving”
Music – 1992 – Don Henley In Concert – “The Heart Of The Matter”
Frey also achieved solo success in the 1980’s…..when in 1982, he released his first album, No Fun Aloud…..which provided the # 15 hit “The One You Love”. The Allnighter album in 1984, featured the # 20 hit “Sexy Girl”…..then he reached # 2 on the charts with “The Heat Is On” from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. He had another # 2 single in 1985 with “You Belong to the City” from the Miami Vice soundtrack….which featured another Frey song, “Smuggler’s Blues”. He appeared as “Jimmy” in the episode titled after the song and contributed riffs to the episode’s soundtrack. He also contributed the songs “Flip City” to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack….and “Part of Me, Part of You” to the soundtrack for Thelma & Louise.
Music – 1986 – Glenn Frey Live In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl
Music – 1982 – Glenn Frey Video – “The One You Love”
Music – 1984 – Glenn Frey – “The Heat Is On” – From “Beverly Hills Cop” Soundtrack
Music – 1985 – Glenn Frey Video – “You Belong To The City”
Music – 1984 – Glenn Frey Video – “Smuggler’s Blues”
Music – 1984 – Glenn Frey – “Sexy Girl”
Felder released a solo album, and contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie Heavy Metal: “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” …..while Henley and Schmit provided backing vocals….and “All of You”…..plus, he also had a minor hit, “Bad Girls”, off his solo album Airborne.
Music – 1987 – Don Felder – “Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride) – From Movie “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” – With Don Henley + Thomas Schmit On Back-Up Vocals
Music – 1983 – Don Felder – “Bad Girls”
Schmit had a prolific solo career after the band’s initial breakup…..as he had a hit song on the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack with “So Much in Love”….then he contributed vocals to the Crosby, Stills & Nash album Daylight Again on the songs “Southern Cross” and “Wasted on the Way” when that band needed an extra vocalist due to David Crosby’s drug overindulgence. Schmit sang backup vocals on Toto’s Toto IV album, including the song “I Won’t Hold You Back”….and appeared with the group on their 1982 European tour…..then he spent three years (1983–1985) as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band. He had a Top 40 solo hit in 1987 with “Boys’ Night Out”….and a top-30 Adult Contemporary hit with “Don’t Give Up”…..which were both from his album Timothy B. Also, Schmit appeared with Meisner and Walsh on Richard Marx’s debut single “Don’t Mean Nothing”. In 1992, Schmit and Walsh toured as members of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band….and appeared on the live video from the Montreux Jazz Festival. Schmit released two solo albums, Playin’ It Cool in 1984 and Tell Me the Truth in 1990. He was the only Eagle to appear on the 1993 Eagles tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, singing backing vocals on Vince Gill’s cover of “I Can’t Tell You Why”.
Music – 1982 – Thomas Schmit – “So Much In Love” – From Movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Music -1987 – Thomas Schmit – “Boys Night Out”
Music – 1988 – Thomas Schmit – “Don’t Give Up”
Music – 1984 – Thomas Schmit – “Playin’ It Cool”
Music – 1990 – Thomas Schmit – “Tell Me The Truth”
Randy Meisner hit the top 40 three times….which included a duet sung with Kim Carnes “Deep Inside My Heart ” in 1980 at # 22……“Hearts on Fire” in 1981 at # 19….and “Never Been In Love” in 1982 at # 28. In addition to playing with the Eagles, Meisner also played with such famous groups as Poco. The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Stone Canyon Band and Black Tie.
Music – 1980 – Randy Meisner & Kim Carnes Duet – “Deep Inside My Heart”
Music – 1981 – Randy Meisner – “Hearts On Fire”
Music – 1982 – Randy Meisner – “Never Been In Love”
An Eagles country tribute album titled Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles was released in 1993….which was 13 years after the breakup…..then Travis Tritt insisted on having the Long Run-era Eagles in his video for “Take It Easy” and they agreed. Following years of public speculation, the band formally reunited the following year…..with the lineup comprising of the five Long Run-era members Frey, Henley, Walsh, Felder, and Schmit….which was supplemented by Scott Crago (drums), John Corey (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals), Timothy Drury (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals) and former Loggins and Messina sideman Al Garth (sax, violin) on stage.
Music – 1974 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Midnight Flyer” – Featuring Randy Meisner
Music – 1972 – Eagles – “Most Of Us Are Sad” – Featuring Randy Meisner
Music – 1978 – Eagles – “Try And Love Again” – Featuring Randy Meisner
“For the record, we never broke up, we just took a 14-year vacation,” said Frey at their 1st live performance in April 1994 after getting back together. The ensuing tour spawned a live album titled Hell Freezes Over…..which was named for Henley’s recurring statement that the group would get back together “when hell freezes over”…..as the album debuted at # 1 on the Billboard album chart…..and it included four new studio songs….with “Get Over It” and “Love Will Keep Us Alive” both becoming Top 40 hits. The album proved as successful as the tour…..while selling six million copies in the U.S. The tour was interrupted in September 1994 because of Frey’s serious recurrence of diverticulitis…..but it resumed in 1995 and continued into 1996. In 1998, the Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…..when for the induction ceremony, all seven Eagles members, Frey, Henley, Felder, Walsh, Schmit, Leadon, and Meisner, played together for two songs, “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California”. Several subsequent reunion tours followed without Leadon or Meisner…..which was notable for their record-setting ticket prices.
Music – 1994 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Hell Freezes Over” – Full Concert
Music – 1996 – Eagles – “Get Over It”
Music – 1994 – Eagles – “Love Will Keep Us Alive”
The Eagles performed at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on December 28 and 29, 1999….then followed with a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31st…..as these concerts marked the last time Felder played with the band and the shows….which including a planned video release would later form a part of a lawsuit filed by Felder against his former bandmates. The concert recordings were released on CD as part of the four-disc Selected Works: 1972–1999 box set in November 2000. Along with the concert, this set included the band’s hit singles, album tracks and outtakes from The Long Run sessions. Selected Works received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2002. The group resumed touring in 2001 with a line-up consisting of Frey, Henley, Walsh, and Schmit…..along with Steuart Smith (guitars, mandolin, keyboards, backing vocals…..while essentially taking over Felder’s role…. Michael Thompson (keyboards, trombone), Will Hollis (keyboards, backing vocals), Scott Crago (drums, percussion), Bill Armstrong (Horns), Al Garth (sax, violin), Christian Mostert (sax), and Greg Smith (sax, percussion).
Music – 1975 – Eagles – “Too Many Hands”
Music – 1974 – Eagles – “On The Border”
Music – 1973 – Eagles – “Certain Kind Of Love”
On February 6, 2001, Don Felder was fired from the Eagles….and he responded by filing two lawsuits against “Eagles, Ltd.“, a California corporation…..as well as Don Henley, an individual….and Glenn Frey, an individual….plus “Does 1–50”…..while alleging wrongful termination, breach of implied-in-fact contract and breach of fiduciary duty…..and reportedly seeking $50 million in damages. Felder alleged that from the 1994 Hell Freezes Over tour onward, Henley and Frey had “… insisted that they each receive a higher percentage of the band’s profits …,”….whereas the money had previously been split in five equal portions. Felder accused them of coercing him into signing an agreement under which Henley and Frey would receive three times as much of the Selected Works: 1972–1999 proceeds. On behalf of Henley and Frey, attorney Daniel M. Petrocelli responded by saying “[Henley and Frey] felt—creatively, chemistry-wise and performance-wise—that he should no longer be part of the band … They removed him, and they had every legal right to do so. This has been happening with rock ‘n’ roll bands since day one.” Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written a “tell-all” book, Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974–2001). The initial U.S. release was canceled after publisher Hyperion Books backed out in September 2001….when an entire print run of the book had to be recalled for cuts and changes. The American edition was published by John Wiley & Sons on April 28, 2008….. with Felder embarking on a full publicity campaign surrounding its release. The book was published in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2007. On January 23, 2002, the Los Angeles County Superior Court consolidated the two complaints, set a trial date for September 2006…..and the single case was dismissed on May 8, 2007…..after being settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Music & Talk Show – 2003 – Howard Stern With Don Felder – “Heaven & Hell, My Life In The Eagles” – Part 1
Music & Talk Show – 2003 – Howard Stern With Don Felder – “Heaven & Hell, My Life In The Eagles” – Part 2
Music – 2003 – Howard Stern With Don Felder – “Heaven & Hell, My Life In The Eagles” – Part 3
Music – 2021 – Special – “The Tragic Ending of The Friendship Between Don Felder and Joe Walsh”
In 2003, the Eagles released a greatest hits album, The Very Best Of…..as the two-disc compilation was the 1st that encompassed their entire career from Eagles to Hell Freezes Over…..which debuted at # 3 on the Billboard charts and eventually gained triple platinum status. The album included a new single….which was the September 11 attacks-themed “Hole in the World”. Also in 2003, Warren Zevon, a longtime Eagles friend, began work on his final album, The Wind, with the assistance of Henley, Walsh, and Schmit.
Music – 2003 – Eagles Promo Video – “There’s A Hole In The World Tonight”
Music – 1972 – Eagles – “Nightingale”
Music – 1994 – Eagles – “Learn To Be Still”
Music – 1978 – Eagles – “Funky New Year”
On June 14, 2005, the Eagles released a new 2-DVD set, Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne….which featured two new songs….with Frey’s “No More loudy Days” and Walsh’s “One Day at a Time.” A special edition 2006 release, exclusive to Walmart and affiliated stores…..and it includes a bonus audio CD with three new songs: a studio version of “No More Cloudy Days”, “Fast Company”, and “Do Something”.
Music – 2007 – Eagles – “No More Cloudy Days”
Music – 2012 – Eagles – “One Day At A Time” – Featuring Joe Walsh
Music – 2007 – Eagles – “Do Something”
Music – 2007 – Eagles –“Fast Company”
In 2007, the Eagles consisted of Frey, Henley, Walsh, and Schmit. On August 20, 2007, “How Long”, written by J. D. Souther, was released as a single to radio with an accompanying online video at Yahoo! Music…..then it debuted on television on Country Music Television during the Top 20 Countdown on August 23, 2007…..as the band had performed the song as part of their live sets in the early 1970’s…..but did not record it at the time because Souther wanted to reserve it for use on his 1st solo album…..since Souther had previously worked with the Eagles…..while co-writing some of their biggest hits including “Best of My Love”, “Victim of Love”, “Heartache Tonight” and “New Kid in Town”.
Music – 2007 – Eagles Official Video – “How Long”
Music – 1994 – Eagles Unplugged Concert Live – “Desperado”
On October 30, 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden…..which was their 1st album of all-new material since 1979. For the first year after the album’s release, it was available in the U.S. only via the band’s website, at Walmart and at Sam’s Club stores…..while it was commercially available through traditional retail outlets in other countries. The album debuted at # 1 in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, and Norway…..as it became their 3rd studio album and 7th release overall to be certified at least seven times platinum by the RIAA. Henley told CNN that “This is probably the last Eagles album that we’ll ever make.” On January 28, 2008, the 2nd single of Long Road Out of Eden was released. “Busy Being Fabulous”…..which peaked at # 28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart…..and at # 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The Eagles won their 5th Grammy in 2008, in the category Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “How Long”.
Music – 2008 – Eagles Live In Concert – “Long Road Out Of Eden”
Music – 2008 – Eagles – “Busy Being Fabulous”
On March 20, 2008, the Eagles launched their world tour in support of Long Road Out of Eden at The O2 Arena in London…..when the Long Road Out of Eden Tour concluded the American portion of the tour at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on May 9, 2009…..which was the 1st concert ever held in the new soccer stadium…..then the tour traveled to Europe, with its final concert date on July 22, 2009, in Lisbon, Portugal. Asked in November 2010 whether the Eagles were planning a follow-up to Long Road Out of Eden, Thomas Schmit replied, “My first reaction would be: no way. But I said that before the last one, so you never really know. Bands are a fragile entity and you never know what’s going to happen. It took a long time to do that last album, over a span of years, really, and it took a lot out of us. We took a year off at one point. I’m not sure if we’re able to do that again. I wouldn’t close the door on it, but I don’t know.” Walsh said in 2010 that there might be one more album before the band “wraps it up”. Frey later stated in a 2012 interview that the band has had discussions about releasing an EP of potentially 4–6 songs that may contain both original and cover material.
Music & Awards – 2016 – Kennedy Center Honors The Eagles White House Reception – As President Obama Jokes With The Eagles
Music & Interrviews – 2015 – CBS 1 On 1 Special – With Don Henley
In February 2013, the Eagles released a career-spanning documentary called History of the Eagles and began the supporting tour with 11 US arena concerts in July. Henley said that the tour, which expanded internationally and continued until July 2015, “could very well be our last…we’re gonna include at least one former band member in this tour and kinda go back to the roots, and how we created some of these songs. We’re gonna break it down to the fundamentals and then take it up to where it is now.” Original Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon also appeared on the tour…..as Walsh stated, “Bernie’s brilliant, I never really got a chance to play with him….but we’ve been in contact. We see him from time to time, and I’m really glad he’s coming because it’s going to take the show up a notch, and I’m really looking forward to playing with him, finally.“…..while former members Randy Meisner and Don Felder did not appear…..as Meisner had been invited but could not participate for health reasons…..while Felder was sadly enough, never asked…..especially since his lawsuits against the Eagles were settled in 2007…..as Henley claimed that Felder continued to “engage in legal action, of one kind or another” against the band…..but did not state what those actions were.
Music & Talk Shows – 2015 – The Dan Patrick Show With Glenn Frey – Part 1
Music & Talk Shows – 2015 – The Dan Patrick Show With Glenn Frey – Part 2
When it came to awards, the group has been nominated for 18 Grammy Awards….which resulted in 6 wins. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. On December 7, 1999, the Recording Industry of America honored the group with the Best Selling Album of the Century for Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). The Eagles were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The group ranked number 34 on Country Music Television’s 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003…..as they were one of four artists who were either a duo or a group on the list…..with the others being Alabama at # 11….with Flatt & Scruggs at # 24 and Brooks & Dunn at # 25. The Eagles made their awards show debut on November 7, 2007, when they performed “How Long” live at the Country Music Association Awards. At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in February, the Eagles, joined by Leadon, touring guitarist Steuart Smith, and co-writer Jackson Browne, performed “Take It Easy” in honor of Frey. Honors to be held on December 6 of that year, but postponed the award for a year because of Glenn Frey’s poor health. Frey died a month later.
Music & Awards -1998 – Special – Rock N Roll Induction Ceremony Acceptance Speeches By The Eagles
Music – 1998 – Eagles Live At Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony – “Hotel California”
Music & Awards – 2016 – The Kennedy Center Honors The Eagles – With Ringo Starr + The Kings Of Leon Bob Seger + Vince Gill Et Al
On January 18, 2016, founding member Glenn Frey died at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City at the age of 67. The causes of his death were rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery.
Music – 2016 – ET Special – Remembering Glenn Frey
Music – 2016 – ET Special – Don Henley Pays Tribute To Glenn Frey
Music – 2016 – Special Tribute – “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Glenn Frey”
Despite Henley’s statements the previous year, the band continued touring and headlined the Classic West and Classic East concert in July 2017…..which were organized by their manager Irving Azoff…..when Glenn Frey’s son Deacon performed in his father’s place….along with country musician Vince Gill. At the Classic West concert, the band was joined by Bob Seger who sang “Heartache Tonight”…..which he co-wrote with Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J. D. Souther
Music – 2016 – Kennedy Center Honors Glenn Frey – Bob Seger Sings “Heartache Tonight”
Music & Interviews – 2016 – Bob Seger Interview As He Remembers Glenn Frey At 2016 Kennedy Center Honors
Music – 2016 – Bob Seger Tribute To Glenn Frey – “Glenn Song”
The first and only studio recording by the band without Glenn Frey to date was released in 2017. The band covered Dan Fogelberg’s “Part of the Plan” for the album A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg in 2017.
Music – 2017 – Special – Eagles Tribute To Dan Fogelberg – “Part Of The Plan”
A North American tour, again with Gill and Deacon Frey, began in March 2018. Henley’s son Will joined the touring band as a guitarist for this run of shows. The Eagles also toured Europe and Oceania in early 2019. The band performed their 1976 album Hotel California in its entirety during three concerts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in September–October 2019…..as the shows also included another set of the band’s greatest hits…..when the line-up included Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey, and Vince Gill, with a 46-piece orchestra and a 22-voice choir. Following the Las Vegas shows, the band announced the “Hotel California 2020 Tour” to take place in six cities between February 7 and April 18, 2020. In July 2020, footage of the band’s 2018 tours was released as a concert TV special on ESPN…..and a corresponding live album will be released in October. This will be the 1st release with new band members, Deacon Frey and Gill….as well as the 1st release since Glenn Frey’s passing…..and the 1st live release without Glenn Frey.
Music – 2018 – Eagles Live In Philadelphia – Full Concert Featuring Deacon Frey & Vince Gill
Influenced by 1960’s rhythm and blues, soul, bluegrass and rock bands such as the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, the Eagles’ overall sound has been described as “California rock”. In the words of Sal Manna, author of the CD liner notes of the band’s 1994 album Hell Freezes Over, “no one knew quite what ‘California rock’ meant – except perhaps that, because in California anything was possible, music that came from that promising land was more free-spirited and free-ranging.” Rolling Stone described the Eagles’ sound as “country-tinged vocal harmonies with hard rock guitars and lyrics”. The group’s sound has also been described as country rock, soft rock and folk rock…..and in later years the band became associated with the album rock and arena rock labels. On their early records, the group combined rock and roll, country and folk music styles. For their 3rd album On the Border, the band widened their style to include a prominent hard rock sound….which was a genre the band had only touched upon previously. The 1975 follow-up album One of These Nights saw the group explore a softer sound….which notably exemplified on the hit singles “Take It to the Limit” and “Lyin’ Eyes”. Leadon…..who was the principal country influence, left the band after the album was released….and the band moved away from country rock to a more rock direction in Hotel California. The band’s 2007 comeback album Long Road Out of Eden saw them explore country rock, blues rock, and funk.
Music – 2017 – MicDrop Special – “107 Eagles Facts You Should Know”
Let me first say that in concluding this story about Bone Daddy’s favorite rock n roll band of all time….that it has been an absolute joy to post thisory and view all the videos available herewith…..cuz simply put, this collection of works by the Eagles just never gets old….for every piece of music posted herewith is as relevant today in 2021 as it was when the group presented their work to the world from when they started in 1971….and when you consider that all of this content spans over 50 years, then like me you just have to say…..Long Live The Eagles and their music….as I simply have to say….Harmony and Rock N Roll Soar With Eagles.
Music & Interviews – 1971 To 2021 – Special – “Eagles Family Tree History”