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In 1971, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner got together in Los Angeles, California to form the American rock band, The Eagles. This is the story of The Eagles.
The 1970s did not produce any American bands as successful as The Eagles. They had six number one albums, five American Music Awards, six Grammys and five singles which reached the number one spot. As reported by the Recording Industry of America, Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), are among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. Rolling Stone has given a few accolades to The Eagles including a number 37 spot in their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Further, the iconic music magazine ranks them as %2375 in the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time from their 2004 magazine. Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) sold more than 42 million copies around the globe which garnered The Eagles the title of best-selling album in the United States. No other American band can compete with The Eagles for record sales in the 1970s. In all, the band is the fifth-best-selling band in the world. The have sold more than 120 million albums around the world with 100 million of those sales being based in the U.S.
The Eagles debut album, self-titled, featured three Top 40 singles when it was released in 1972. These included “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Witchy Woman” and “Take It Easy”. The second album, Desperado, was not as successful and did not feature any singles on the Top 40 singles charts. The album itself topped the charts. The album is best known for two tracks, which are beloved by many. These hits by The Eagles include “Tequila Sunrise” and of course, “Desperado”. Don Felder joined the group half way through recording the 1974 hit album On the Border. “Already Gone” quickly reached the Top 40 singles chart only to be surpassed by the first number one hit, “Best of My Love”.
One of These Nights, released in 1975, was the album, which earned The Eagles the moniker of America’s biggest band. The album featured three singles in the Top 10: “Take It to the Limit”, Lyin’ Eyes”, and “One of These Nights”. Hotel California continued the success that the Eagles were enjoying. The 1976 release featured three singles on the Top 20 charts including: “Life in the Fast Lane”, Hotel California”, and “New Kid in Town”. The Long Run, released in 1979, was to be the last studio album released by the band for 28 years. It featured three singles on the Top 10 charts including: “I Can’t Tell You Why”, “The Long Run”, and “Heartache Tonight”. The Eagles band broke up at the height of their fame and popularity shortly after the release of the album.
The Eagles:The Breakup
The breakup which occurred in 1980 did not last. In 1994, The Eagles band released Hell Freezes Over which featured new studio tracks mixed in with live songs. Touring resumed and the band has been playing gigs ever since. In 1998, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Long Road out of Eden, released in 2007, was the last album to be released by the band, but there are rumors that it will not be their last. The first studio album in 28 years achieved five singles featured on the Adult Contemporary Charts. It also garnered the band two Emmys. A tour followed the release of the album with The Long Road out of Eden Tour.