Personalities | The Eagles | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1971–present)

Bernie Leadon (guitar, mandolin, b. 1947) of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Randy Meisner (bass, b. 1946) of Poco joined Glenn Frey (guitar, b. 1948) and Don Henley (vocals, drums, b. 1947), first as Linda Ronstadt’s back-up band and then as The Eagles. Their second disc, 1973’s Desperardo, was a concept album about a hold-out against the decline of the Old West and the title song became a country standard. The 1975 single, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ broke into the country Top 10. Don Felder (guitar, b. 1947) joined in 1975; Joe Walsh (guitar, b. 1947) replaced Leadon in 1975, and Timothy B. Schmit (vocals, bass, b. 1947) replaced Meisner in 1977. The best-selling 1993 tribute album, Common Threads, revealed the huge influence The Eagles had on participating country acts such as Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Brooks And Dunn.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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