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Eagles band photo 2007
from left » Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley

Eagles Biography

Classic-Rock Soft-Rock band formed in Southern California in 1971 and originally comprised guitarist+vocalist Glenn Frey, banjo+mandolin player Bernie Leadon, bassist Randy Meisner and drummer+vocalist Don Henley.

In early 1972 they recorded in London the first album which broke into the U.S. Pop chart reaching the #22 spot thanks to the smash hits "Take It Easy", "Witchy Woman" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling".
Guitarist Don Felder was added to the line-up before the band started to work on the next album, "Desperado"; but their second effort failed to match the returns of their debut, it includes only one charting single, "Tequila Sunrise".
In 1974 the quintet returned in the top 20 of the U.S. Pop Albums chart with "On The Border"; its main single, "The Best Of My Love", climbed to the top of the U.S. Pop Singles chart and "Already Gone" ranked in the top 40.
The next year saw "One Of These Nights", their fourth LP, rose to #1 on the Official U.S. Pop chart; the album's title-track topped the Pop Singles chart and "Take It To The Limit" peaked at #4 in the same chart, "Lyin' Eyes" won the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Eagles became an international Rock star group and decided to tour America and Europe; by the fall of that year Leadon was replaced by Joe Walsh.
"Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975", was issued in February of 1976, by the time it became one of the best-selling album of all time with over 20 million copies sold.
The subsequent LP, the masterpiece "Hotel California", went straight to #1 on The U.S. Pop Albums chart and eventually was certified ten-time platinum, both its singles, "Hotel California" and "New Kid In Town", topped The U.S. Pop chart; the title-track won them a second Grammy for Record Of The Year.
After the second world tour, in September of 1977, Meisner left the group, Timothy B. Schmit was chosen as his replacement on bass.
Two years later they released "The Long Run", the record shot to #1 in U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart, the title-track and "I Can't Tell You Why" entered the top 10 of The U.S. Pop Singles chart, "Heartache Tonight" reached the #1 spot and won another Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Group.
In late 1980 the group issued "Eagles Live" which hit #6 on Top 200 LPs & Tapes list and included their best songs as well as the cover of Steve Young's "Seven Bridges Road", the track released as a single reached the #21 in U.S. Pop chart.
After a period of inactivity, Eagles officially disbanded in May 1982 and throughout the '80s each band member embarked on his own solo career.

In the early '90s a concert benefit inspired their brief reunion, Eagles was back together in 1994 when was released "Hell Freezes Over", their come-back album took them at the top of The Billboard Top 200 chart, it generated "Get Over It" which peaked at #4 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart plus two more Adult Contemporary hit singles "Love Will Keep Us Alive" and "Learn To Be Still".
In 2001 was certified that the band total album sales add up to 80 million copies.
In October of 2003 appeared the double-CD collection "The Very Best Of", the set was another huge chart success in the United States and includes the new song "Hole In The World", Henley's response to September 11, which was well received on Adult Contemporary radio stations.


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  • Eagles band lineup 1973 Eagles band lineup 1973
    The original line-up 1973, LtoR» Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Glenn Frey
  • Eagles band lineup mid 90s Eagles lineup mid 90s
    Eagles band line-up, "Hell Freezes Over" era