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The Eagles in 2008 during their Long Road Out of Eden Tour (left to right): Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit (behind them is touring drummer Scott F. Crago)
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active
  • 1971–1980
  • 1994–2016
  • 2017–present
Associated acts
Past members

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. With five number-one singles, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. Founding members Glenn Frey (guitars, vocals), Don Henley (drums, vocals), Bernie Leadon (guitars, vocals) and Randy Meisner (bass guitar, vocals), were recruited by Linda Ronstadt as band members, some touring with her, and all playing on her third solo album, before venturing out on their own on David Geffen's new Asylum Records label.

Their debut Eagles in 1972 spawned three top 40 singles: "Take It Easy", "Witchy Woman", and "Peaceful Easy Feeling".

In 1974 guitarist Don Felder joined, and On the Border produced the top-40 hit "Already Gone" and the Eagles' first number-one song, "Best of My Love".

In 1975, guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh replaced Leadon, and One of These Nights included number-one hit "One of These Nights", and top-ten songs "Lyin' Eyes", and "Take It to the Limit".

Their 1976 compilation Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is still the best-selling album in the United States, with 38 million sold, and primed the public for the release in late 1976 of Hotel California, which would sell more than 26 million copies in the U.S. alone, (still ranking 3rd all time for US sales), and more than 42 million copies worldwide. The album yielded two number-one singles, "New Kid in Town" and "Hotel California", which rivalled Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" as an epic "masterpiece" song.

Meisner left the band in 1977, replaced by Timothy B. Schmit, and the Eagles released their last studio album for nearly 28 years in 1979 with The Long Run, which spawned number one hit "The Long Run", top-ten hits "Heartache Tonight", and "I Can't Tell You Why".

The Eagles broke up in July 1980 but reunited in 1994 for the album Hell Freezes Over, a mix of live and new studio tracks.

They toured consistently and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden, their sixth number-one album, and launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour in 2008 to support it.

In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the band's documentary release, History of the Eagles.

Following Frey's death in January 2016 and a one-year hiatus, the Eagles re-formed in 2017, with Glen's son Deacon Frey and Vince Gill sharing lead vocals for Frey's songs.

The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands, having sold more than 200 million records, including 100 million sold in U.S alone. They were ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Band members

1971 - 1974
1974 - 1975
1975 - 1977
1977 - 1980
1982 - 1994

Band not active

1994 - 2001
2001 - 2013
2013 - 2016

This lineup performed only once during the 2016 Grammy's, and were complemented by Jackson Browne.

2016 - present

Bob Mothersbaugh of Devo replaced the late Glenn Frey.

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