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Biography

The Eagles are one of the most influential and commercially successful American rock bands of all time. With their profound lyrics, harmonies, and country-tinged melodies, they created a signature Southern California sound. The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, have scored six number one albums, and have topped the singles charts five times.
 
Glenn Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, he studied piano and played in local bands. After moving to Los Angeles, he met Don Henley. After touring together as members of Linda Ronstadt's backing band, they began writing songs that would appear on their debut album, Eagles. Frey and Henley co-wrote most of the band's best-known songs. Glenn Frey succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis, and Pneumonia and died on January 18, 2016. Don Henley was born in Cass County, Texas in 1947 and co-founded the group with Frey. Joe Walsh was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1947. He was already a well-known solo artist when he joined the Eagles in 1975. Walsh's creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists. Timothy B. Schmit was born in Oakland, California in 1947. He joined the Eagles in 1977. Although the Eagles are thought of as a quintessential California band, Schmit is the only member of the group to actually be a native of California.
 
Although the band was initially only together from 19711980, they were enormously popular. As a result of overwhelming public demand for their music and its messages, they reunited in 1994 for an MTV concert special. A live recording of the concert, Hell Freezes Over, sold millions of copies, and launched a tour that ended up running through August 1996. The group released a long-awaited studio album, Long Road Out of Eden, in 2007 to critical acclaim.
The Eagles