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The Eagles Turn 40
by JD Stone,posted Jun 20 2012 12:24PM
It was 40 years ago this week (June 17th, 1972) that the Eagles released their debut album, titled simply, Eagles. The band recorded the set in February 1972 at London's Olympic Studios with legendary Beatles, Rolling Stones, Who, and Led Zeppelin engineer/producer Glyn Johns behind the boards and running the sessions. The album featured the original lineup of the band: Glenn Frey, rhythm guitar; Don Henley, drums; Randy Meisner, bass; and Bernie Leadon on lead guitar. Although Eagles only got as far as Number 22 on the charts, it eventually went platinum and scored the band it's first Top 40 singles -- "Take it Easy" (#12), "Witchy Woman (#9)" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (#22).
For a band that's so automatically associated with Southern California, it's amazing that not one member of the Eagles' founders was actually born or raised there. Don Henley was born in Linden, Texas and traveled west with his first band Shiloh, after singer Kenny Rogers offered the group a production deal. Glenn Frey, who came from Detroit, Michigan, had been playing in bands in and around the Motor City for years. He made his way out to L.A. not for a shot at stardom -- but as a last-ditch effort to reunite with his ex-girlfriend who had moved west to become a singer.
Randy Meisner came from Scottsbluff, Nebraska and had already been making his mark on the L.A. country-rock scene playing with Poco and later on with Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band. Bernie Leadon, a Minnesota native who was raised in Florida, was the group's most accomplished member, having been in the Byrds-offshoot band the Flying Burrito Brothers. In July 1971, the Eagles first performed together while backing their good friend Linda Ronstadt in concert in Disneyland.
The Eagles go In The Studio this Sunday night at 8 pm for for a great discussion on the last 40 years on ROCK 101 WROQ!!