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The Eagles

1946

Randy Meisner was born.

1947

Bernie Leadon was born.

1947

Don Henley was born.

1947

Don Felder was born.

1947

Timothy B. Schmit was born.

1947

Joe Walsh was born.

1948

Glenn Frey was born.

1970

David Geffen establishes Asylum Records. The first artist he signs is Jackson Browne. The label’s roster eventually will include Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, J.D. Souther and numerous other Los Angeles musicians.

1970

Don Henley arrives in L.A. from Texas. He will soon join Glenn Frey in Linda Ronstadt’s backing band.

1971

Linda Ronstadt recruits Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner for her touring band from among a pool of musicians centered around the Troubadour, a Los Angeles club that is the center of the nascent country-rock scene.

1971

After signing to David Geffen’s fledgling Asylum label, the Eagles tighten up their act during a month-long residency at the Gallery Club in Aspen, Colorado.

1972

The Eagles record their eponymous debut album with producer-engineer Glyn Johns in London.

1972

The Eagles chalk up the first of many hits with “Take It Easy.” The song reaches Number Twelve. Three months later, “Witchy Woman” will do even better — Number Nine.

1974

Guitarist Don Felder joins the Eagles during sessions for their third album, ‘Already Gone.’

1975

“The Best of My Love” becomes the Eagles’ first #1 hit and million-selling single. Four more will follow

1975

One of These Nights (The Eagles) was a hit.

1976

Guitarist Joe Walsh replaces multi-instrumentalist Bernie Leadon, who was not pleased that sessions for ‘One of These Nights’, released in June 1975, had consumed half a year of their lives.

1976

‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975,’ a best-of drawn from the Eagles’ first four albums, enters the album chart. One-third of a century later it will be pronounced the best-selling album in history.

1976

‘Hotel California’ enters the album charts for the first of 107 weeks.

1977

New Kid in Town (The Eagles) was a hit.

1977

Hotel California (The Eagles) was a hit.

1979

‘The Long Run’ begins its yearlong run on the charts, including nine weeks at #1—one more week than Hotel California’s reign at the top.

1979

Heartache Tonight (The Eagles) was a hit.

1980

Performances in Santa Monica and Long Beach produce the album ‘Eagles Live’. Shortly after these dates, Glenn Frey calls Don Henley to announce that the Eagles were over. “I started the band, I got tired of it, and I quit,” Frey said in 1982.

1994

The reunited Eagles perform live at Warner Burbank Studios for an MTV special that is aired the following November.

1994

‘Hell Freezes Over’, the first album of new recordings by the Eagles since 1980, is released. It includes four new studio compositions, including the hit single “Get Over It.”

1998

The Eagles are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual induction dinner. Jimmy Buffett is their presenter.

1999

The Recording Association of America names the Eagles to its list of Artists of the Century, putting them in the elite company of the Beatles, Garth Brooks, Elton John, Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand. It is also announced that ‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ has sold 26 million copies, making it the top-selling album of the 20th century.