Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – The High Flying Times of the 1970’s – Life in the Fast Lane – The Eagles, Willie, Waylon and Me
Glenn Frey (11/6/48 – 1/18/16) The Eagles – guitar, vocals)
“It’s Your World Now”
Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin – From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album – http://www.eagles.com/splash
The 1970’s as sung by David Allen Coe.
I heard The Burritos out in California could fly higher than The Byrds
Roger Mcguinn had a 12 string guitar it was like nothing I’d ever heard,
And The Eagles flew in from the west coast
Like The Byrds they were trying to be free
While in Texas the talk turned to Outlaws like Willie and Waylon and me.
Like the outlaws, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “The Eagles chronicled America in the high-flying Seventies, a time of rapidly changing social mores leading up to what they called “life in the fast lane.” Between the lines, their favorite subject matter was the pursuit and unraveling of the American dream. They began as wide-eyed country-rockers on the fertile Los Angeles music scene and evolved into purveyors of grandiose, dark-themed albums about excess and seduction. The Eagles were defined and bounded by the Seventies, forming in 1971 and parting ways in 1980. They were born again in 1994 as public demand for their music and messages persuaded them to reunite.
The statistics on the Eagles reveal their influence as a rock and roll band. The group’s first best-of collection, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, is among the best-selling albums of all time, having sold more than 26 million copies. It was the first album to be certified platinum (1 million sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America, which introduced that classification in 1976. They released four consecutive Number One albums between 1975 and 1979: One of These Nights, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Hotel California and The Long Run. Collectively, those four albums topped Billboard’s album chart for 27 weeks. Proving they hadn’t lost their touch, the 1994 reunion album Hell Freezes Over occupied the Number One spot for two weeks. The Eagles charted five Number One hits, and five more singles made the Top 10. They sold more albums in the Seventies than any other American band. Moreover, though the band was inactive in the Eighties, their back catalog steadily sold 1.5 million copies a year.” https://rockhall.com/inductees/the-eagles/bio/
Thank you Glenn. RIP. Take it to the limit, one more time.
Between Desperado and Hotel California, there are few songs I like better. What a talent and what a loss. Thanks for this blog, MadameRose
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So many good songs that once again defined a generation.