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When the formation of Asylum Records was announced in 1971, the official press release noted that among the label’s artists was “a new and as yet unnamed group consisting of Glenn Frey (formerly of Long Branch Pennywhistle), Bernie Leadon (formerly of the Flying Burrito Brothers), Randy Mizner [sic] (formerly of Poco) and Don Henley.”
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When the formation of Asylum Records was announced in 1971, the official press release noted that among the label’s artists was “a new and as yet unnamed group consisting of Glenn Frey (formerly of Long Branch Pennywhistle), Bernie Leadon (formerly of the Flying Burrito Brothers), Randy Mizner [sic] (formerly of Poco) and Don Henley.” As with Jackson Browne (who co-wrote the band’s first single, “Take It Easy”), in 1973 the Eagles became part of the newly merged Elektra/Asylum roster. That same year saw the release of the group’s second album, Desperado. While the title track wasn’t released as a single, it became one of the band’s best-loved songs and was included on the blockbuster 1976 collection, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), which went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time in the U.S., going 29-times platinum (Michael Jackson’s Thriller tied the record in 2009). Following Desperado, the group enjoyed increasing success with On The Border (1974) and One Of These Nights (1975) – their first #1 album, featuring the Grammy-winning “Lyin’ Eyes” and the #1 title track. Remarkably, the Eagles’ creative and commercial peak was yet to come. Elektra/Asylum received a major Christmas present with the December 1976 release of Hotel California. One of those rare albums that ranks as a true cultural landmark, the #1, 16-times platinum album included such enduring standards as the Zeitgeist-defining (and Grammy-winning) title track, “New Kid In Town,” and “Life In the Fast Lane” (co-written by new member Joe Walsh).
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It would be three years before the Eagles would deliver another album – The Long Run – which hit stores in the fall of 1979 and remained at #1 even longer than Hotel California (although far from matching it in sales). Having done more than any other group to bring country-rock fully into the pop mainstream, the volatile band broke up after one more tour, which yielded a multi-platinum live set in 1980. 14 years later, the band reformed to reignited enthusiasm.
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