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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.

Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, have scored six #1 albums and have topped the singles charts five times. The band has been awarded six Grammy(r) Awards. The band's Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album, with sales in excess of 29 million units, is second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller as the greatest selling album of all time. In 1998, the Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility.

The band's debut album, Eagles, released in June 1972, reached the Top 20 and went Gold in a little over a year and a half on the strength of two singles, "Take It Easy" and "Witchy Woman"-and one Top 20 hit, "Peaceful Easy Feeling." Their second album, Desperado, a concept album, was released in April 1973, spawning the Top 40 single "Tequila Sunrise." The title track of the album was never released as a single, but remains one of the band's most well-known songs. On the Border was released in March 1974, and included hit singles "Already Gone" and "The Best of My Love." Eagles' fourth album, One of These Nights, was an immediate hit, with hit singles including the title track, "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take it to the Limit." Hotel California, released in December 1976, was certified platinum in one week, hit number one in January 1977, and eventually sold over 10,000,000 copies.  In the 18 months between December 1976 and June 1978, the Eagles sold more than 18 million copies of the Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Hotel California albums. "New Kid in Town" and "Hotel California" were #1 singles, and "Life in the Fast Lane" made the Top 20. The Long Run was released in September 1979, hitting #1 and going platinum after four months, eventually earning multi-platinum certifications. The album's lead single, "Heartache Tonight," hit #1, while "I Can't Tell You Why" and "The Long Run" were Top 10 hits.

Although the band was initially only together from 1971-1980, 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.

Their 2003 release of "Hole In The World" received a Grammy(r) nomination and became one of the best-selling singles of the year. In 2003, the Eagles' Farewell I national tour featured performances in 48 U.S. cities and went on to a world tour the following year with concerts in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and Australia, with five sold-out shows in Melbourne, Australia. In June 2005, the band released their Eagles Farewell I Tour - Live From Melbourne DVD, which has been certified 16X Platinum. Their "Farewell I" TV special aired that same month on NBC. The 2005 Eagles Farewell I spring tour featured six sold-out shows in New York. Their 2005 California tour, comprised of 27 concerts solely in the Golden State, included a record-breaking 12 sold-out arena concerts in the Los Angeles area. The group released a long-awaited studio album, Long Road Out of Eden, in 2007 to critical acclaim.

The History of the Eagles tour, which launched July 6, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, was ranked as one of the biggest tours of 2014 by Pollstar magazine. The tour, which broke many U.S. box office records and included five sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY and six sold-out concerts at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, kicked-off its 2015 leg on February 18 in Perth, Australia.

The History of the Eagles tour follows the release of their critically acclaimed documentary of the same name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on Showtime before its release on DVD and Blu-ray and quickly became one of the year's second biggest-selling music videos.

Glenn Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. Growing up, he studied piano and played in local bands.  After moving to Los Angeles, he met Don Henley in 1970. After touring together in 1971 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. 

Don Henley was born in Gilmer, Texas in 1947. "There's a certain sound that we make when we sing together. That, over the past 35 years, has become ingrained in people's minds. And you know, I can't sound like that with anybody else except these guys," he said in 2007. 

Timothy B. Schmit was born in Oakland, California in 1947. He joined the Eagles in 1977, replacing Randy Meisner on bass/vocals when he quit after the Hotel California tour.

Joe Walsh was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1947. He was already a well-known solo artist when he joined the Eagles in 1975 as Bernie Leadon's replacement on guitar. Walsh introduced a grittier, hard rock sound to the group's signature country style.