The Eagles Biography

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The EaglesThe Eagles is an American rock band that formed in 1971 in Los Angeles. They were known as one of the most successful bands in the 70’s, coming out with such hits as "Hotel California", "Desperado", "New Kid in Town" along with a host of other huge hits. The Eagles is also credited of having the best selling record in US music history, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) which have sold over 29 million copies.

The Eagles first met as a back-up band for Linda Ronstadt. The line-up of guitarist Glenn Frey, guitarist Bernie Leadon, and bassist Randy Meisner along with drummer Don Henley played as back-up band for two months on Ronstadt’s concert tour after which the quartet decided to form their own band.

Their first album, Eagles, was a collection of natural country rock songs that was able to yield three Top 40 singles. It propelled the band to immediate stardom and became a major force in popularizing the country rock sound all over the country. Their next album, Desperado, still followed the country music sound that made them popular and was able to reach the number 42nd spot on the US Charts, not quite at par with their previous album.

Their third album, On the Border, saw the band breaking away from country music and instead taking the hard rock style into their fold. It was during this time that Don Felder joined the band as a slide guitarist on one of their songs. The single of the album, "The Best of My Love", topped the Billboard Single Charts and eventually went to the top of the US Charts in 1975.

Their next album released on the same year, One of These Nights, gave the band their second number one Billboard single, "Lyin’ Eyes". It went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Group. The album also went on to become their first number one album on the US Pop Charts.

Recording and touring by this time had taken its toll on the band that led to frequent infighting and bickering. It eventually led to Bernie Leadon leaving the band in the middle of the band’s tour. He was replaced by Joe Walsh. In 1976, their biggest selling compilation album in the US, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) was released. Hotel California followed later in the year which contained the number one Billboard hit, "New Kid in Town" in February of 1977.

It was followed by the other single, "Hotel California" which also shot to the top of the Billboard Charts three months later. This album became their best selling studio album that was able to sell over 16 million copies in the US to date. It was during this time that Randy Meisner left the band and was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit.

The Eagles went on to make one more album, The Long Run, which gave the band their fifth and last top Billboard charting hit, "Heartache Tonight". Personality differences as well as strained relationships among the band members finally made the band broke up in 1980. Each one then went on doing their solo projects with Henley and Frey enjoying commercial success.

The Eagles eventually reunited in 1993 and went on to stage a successful tour with their live performance which was made into an album, Hell Freezes Over. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Charts. It sold over six million copies. The band was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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