Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Eagles
Song:New Kid In Town
Album:Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Eagles was one of the most popular groups of the 70s. I think their music is perceived today better than when it was back then. I guess they're OK as long as you stick with their hits. The roots of Eagles was the California folk rock scene of the 60s. Singer/bassist Randy Meissner (born Mar.8, 1946 in Scottsbluff, NE) was a founding member of Poco but left and joined Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band. Singer/guitarist Bernie Leadon (born July 19, 1947 in Minneapolis) was a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Singer/drummer Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, TX) came to Los Angeles in 1970 with his band Shiloh. Pianist Glenn Frey (born Nov. 6, 1948 in Detroit) had a band called Longbranch Pennywhistle with JD Souther. In 1971, Frey & Henley were hired to play in Linda Ronstadt's band. Meissner & Leadon were already there. The four played together on her next album and signed to record as a band for David Geffen's new label Asylum Records. They recorded their first two albums in England with producer Glyn Johns but split with him and brought in Bill Symczyk. They met him while on tour with Joe Walsh in 1974. He brought in guitarist Don Felder (born Sept. 21, 1947 in Gainesville, FL) and he joined the band. Eagles continued to top the charts but Bernie Leadon left in Dec. 1975 and was replaced by Joe Walsh (born Nov. 20, 1947 in Wichita, KS). Asylum released a Greatest Hits album covering their first few albums and it was bigger than any of those albums. Hotel California was released in 1976 and was bigger yet. New Kid In Town was a number one smash. Meissner left in 1977 and was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit of Poco. Eagles had one more studio album left (The Long Run) but stopped touring in 1980 and split in 1982. The two Greatest Hits comps are probably the best way to get all their hits. Glenn Frey & Don Henley have also had significant solo careers. Eagles has reunited occasionally and released Long Road Out Of Eden in Oct. 2007. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998. Here's Eagles performing New Kid In Town in Melbourne, Australia 2004.