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History and Music of The Eagles

            From being backup band members who played for various artists like the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Dillard and Clark Expedition to being the first album ever certified platinum in the U.S. second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller. The Eagles originally consisted of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner and after being gelled together for their first time at a performance in Disneyland they were faced with a choice that was ultimately life changing, whether or not David Geffen with Asylum would sign them or not. History was made. They were one of the only bands to ever sell more than 100 million albums in that time. Using crafty styles of music like country tinged vocal harmonies and hard rock guitars, the band was able to crank music out and release albums every year from the span of 1972 to 1976. And after only one more album in 1979 the band broke up in 1980 as everyone in the band took off to find a solo career. However it wasn't over, after a little more than a decade the Eagles rose from the ashes and reappeared together in 1993.
             It all started with guitarist and singer Glenn Frey, he was hired by Linda Ronstadt and asked to put a band together to back up Ronstadt on tour. Frey already had an eye for Henley to be the drummer and with Linda Ronstadt's manager, John Boylan, Frey was able to bring in Leadon and Meisner the other two included in Ronstadt's touring band. The first time they played together was in 1971 where they backed Ronstadt at a performance in Disneyland. They did such a good job that Geffen had signed them. Before long Glyn Johns, a famous producer was recording their first album for them, Eagles in 1972. The Eagles were on a way of a country rock sound that would ultimately produce the big hits Take It Easy, and Witchy Woman. All this was done in three weeks and all done in London.
             So the Eagles were a hit, their first album reached the Top 20 and went Gold in a little over a year and a half and although their second album Desperado in 1973 might not have been as successful, it was an album that was ahead of its time.

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