People Who Kick Buts: The Eagles
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains And we never even know we have the key.
- The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
- With five number one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s.
- At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California, ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and the band was ranked #75 on the magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
- The band began to form when Linda Ronstadt and then-manager John Boylan recruited session musicians Glenn Frey and Don Henley in the spring of 1971.
- Hotel California was released on December 8, 1976 as the band’s fifth studio album, and the first to feature Joe Walsh. The album took a year and a half to make, a process which along with touring, drained the band. Hotel California is also the last album to feature founding member Randy Meisner, who left the band after the album to return to his native Nebraska in order to be with his family.
- After the breakup of the Eagles, each ex-member tried his hand in a solo career.