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 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.
How 'Please Come Home for Christmas' Emerged From Eagles Time-Out
Sessions for a follow-up to 'Hotel California' were dragging on, and their label was growing concerned.
How Eagles' 'Seven Bridges Road' Ended a Winding Path in Top 40
Song actually began life along a lonesome country highway outside Montgomery, Ala.
How Eagles Fended Off Younger Competition With 'New Kid in Town'
No, the song was not aimed at Bruce Springsteen, co-writer J.D. Souther insists.
The Man Who Helped Eagles Find Their 'Peaceful Easy Feeling'
Songwriter Jack Tempchin made good use of his friendship with Glenn Frey.
Vince Gill Gets Why Some People Don’t Want Him in Eagles
He says new lineup is “not as good as the original” after Glenn Frey’s death.