Eagles, one of the most successful bands of all time, will be forever associated with a Southern California country-rock sound that captivated the world and turned the best Eagles songs, such as Desperado and California Hotel, into global hits.
The original band, formed in 1971, comprised of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. Frey said they chose the name Eagles, because it was “the creature that flew closest to the sun”. Various new additions to the band came over some turbulent years, including guitarists Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit. In January 2016, a year after Frey’s death, Eagles re-formed, with founder member and drummer Henley joined by Walsh, Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey.
Over five decades, Eagles sold more than 150 million records worldwide, winning six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards, and their Greatest Hits compilation was the biggest-selling album of all time.
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20: The Long Run (1979)
“The bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved,” Henley wrote after Frey’s death. The pair co-wrote the title track to their 1979 album, The Long Run, and the steady soulful groove, aided by Felder’s slide guitar and Hammond’s organ playing, reflected the pair’s love of soul music and the Stax sound. Henley said the lyrics were also a defiant riposte to claims that the band were “passé” by the late 70s. The song, which was produced by Bill Szymczyk, was a UK hit and the opening track on an Asylum album that held the No.1 slot for eight weeks in the US, going platinum seven times.