The Eagles started life as Linda Ronstadt’s backing band, where Glenn Frey and Don Henley cut their teeth. In 1972, they recorded their self-titled debut album with former Flying Burrito Brother Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, a veteran of another country-rock band, Poco. By the middle of the decade – accompanied by some lineup changes, including the addition of guitarists Don Felder and Joe Walsh – the Eagles were one of the biggest bands in the world. Their 1976 greatest-hits album still ranks among the bestselling LPs ever released. In 1976, the band made its masterpiece, ‘Hotel California,’ about death and decadence in the Hollywood scene that nurtured them. In 1982, among much animosity, they broke up, but they reunited in 1994 for a series of tours and albums that have kept them busy and rolling in cash in the 21st century.
How a Drug Dealer Helped Inspire Eagles' ‘Life in the Fast Lane’
Band's 1977 hit was third single from 'Hotel California.'
How Eagles' Glenn Frey Took Over Jackson Browne's 'Take It Easy'
Browne came up with the original song idea, before Glenn Frey and the Eagles made it their own.
How Don Felder Pushed Eagles Into Rock on 'Already Gone'
Rousing 'On the Border' lead single helped band court rock AM-radio audience.
Eagles' 'Millennium Concert' Set to Make Vinyl Debut
Band is also reissuing 'Eagles Live' and 'Long Road Out of Eden' on vinyl.
How Eagles Resisted Hollywood Bid for ‘Hotel California’ Movie
Life imitated art when drug-fueled producer met Glenn Frey and Don Henley.
Eagles' 'Hotel California': 15 Facts You Might Not Know
How much do you know about the classic song?
Eagles Reject Social-Ladder Climbing on 'Busy Being Fabulous'
Like "Life in the Fast Lane," song criticizes how a trendy scene can strip a person's soul. But the narrator hasn't found the on-ramp.