“I got a peaceful easy feelin’
And I know you won’t let me down
Cause I’m already standin’
On the ground”
What a classic! With all of their hits including five No. 1 singles, we chose an Eagles’ song from 1973 to feature this week, even though it only reached No. 23 on Billboard. The lyrics coupled with the fantastic melody and guitars made this song extra special. Written by Jack Tempchin, Glen Frey sings the lead vocal highlighting a three-part harmony.
Formed in 1971 by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, the Eagles would later add famous artists such as Vince Gill, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. Talk about success, the Eagles became the fifth highest-selling music act and the highest-selling American band in U.S. history! Their debut album “Eagles” in 1972 spawned three Top 40 singles, “‘Take It Easy,” “Witchy Woman” and our focus, “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” Ultimately, they would reach 150 million in record sales and still counting.
Some of their other mega hits include “Best of My Love” (No. 1 in ’74); “One of these Nights” (No. 1 in ’75); “Lying Eyes” (No. 2 in ’75); and “Hotel California” (No. 1 in ’77). They were the recipient of sic Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards. In 1998, they were inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time placed the Eagles at No. 75.
In 2007, they released their first full studio album in 28 years and their sixth No. 1 album, “Long Road Out of Eden.” Glenn Frey died in 2016, leaving a legacy behind that few others on the national music scene will ever attain. The Eagles … taking it to the limit!
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