While there are certainly many out there who would whole-hardheartedly agree with The Dude about the Eagles, the fact still remains that they are one of the most successful bands of the last 50 years, having sold a staggering 150 million albums worldwide, including 42 million copies of their Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 alone. The initial incarnation of the band came together in Los Angeles in the Spring of 1971, when Don Henley, Glen Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon were recruited to back Linda Ronstadt as her touring band. The foursome, who appear on Ronstadt’s 1972 self-titled album, played one live gig backing the songstress, after which deciding to form their own band.
Signed to David Geffen’s fledgling Asylum Records, the band – who named themselves Eagles after a peyote and tequila fueled night – found success right out of the gate with their Glyn Johns-produced self-titled debut. The record mixed country-rock with the sounds of Laurel Canyon’s emerging singer-songwriter movement and produced three Top 40 singles – Take It Easy, Witchy Woman and Peaceful Easy Feeling.
The band would go on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1970’s, with a string of three straight number one albums: One Of These Night, Hotel California and The Long Run. The career of the Eagles, who were infamous for their offstage antics and personal differences and have reunited a numerous times since 1994 for seemingly cash-grab tours and albums, is the subject of the new documentary simply titled The History Of The Eagles. The doc will air the over the course of two nights on Showtime, premiering next Friday, February 15, at 8:oo PM ET/PT, with part two following on Saturday night. Let’s check out the trailer…