The Eagles – Biography
Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971, The Eagles are an American rock band. Members of the band comprised of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
The Eagles recorded their debut album in England in February 1972 with producer Glyn Johns. The album released on June 26 in the same year. The album was a breakthrough success, yielding three Top 40 singles. The following year, they released their second album, Desperado. The album did not fare as well as the first, reaching only No. 41 on the US pop album charts.
Not to be discouraged, The Eagles released their third album, On the Border in 1974. It was also during this recording that Don Felder was invited to join the band. The album was again a huge success, becoming a chart topper through the single (“Best of My Love”), which hit the top of the charts on March 1, 1975, This was the first major success for the The Eagles with more to follow.
On June 10, 1975, they released their fourth album, One of These Nights. It was also to be the last album to feature founding member Bernie Leadon, who left the group during the One of These Nights tour. He was replaced by guitarist/singer/keyboardist Joe Walsh. One Of These Nights eventually went on to become an international breakthrough for the band, making them internatinal superstars.
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 No. 75 on the magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
In July 1980,The Eagles broke up. They reunited in 1994 for the release of Hell Freezes Over, album that contained a mix of live and new studio tracks.
The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.