The Eagles Biography

The Eagles are (l-r): Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit. Photo by Andrew Macpherson.

The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, scored five No. 1 albums, been awarded four Grammy Awards including the 1977 Record of the Year for "Hotel California," and have topped the singles charts five times.

The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971 — 1975 album, with sales in excess of 29 million units, is the best-selling album of all time.

The Eagles are the only recording artists in musical history to have three albums that have each sold more than ten million units. Their Greatest Hits 1971 — 1975 earned the first Platinum album award from the RIAA and is the best-selling album of all time. Hotel California and Greatest Hits 2 have sold more than 16 million and 11 million copies, respectively. All of the band's albums have surpassed the one million mark. The Eagles' album catalog consistently sells more than 1.5 million records annually.

In 1998, the Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility.

While the Eagles are credited with purveyors of the "Southern California Sound," none of the band members hail from the Golden State. Glenn Frey is from Michigan, Don Henley from Texas, Timothy B. Schmit from Northern California, and Joe Walsh from Mars.

1975 Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo/Group/Chorus for "Lyin' Eyes"
1977 Record of the Year for "Hotel California"
1977 Best Vocal Arrangement for "New Kid in Town"
1979 Best Rock Vocal Performance by Duo or Group for "Heartache Tonight"

As of 2007, the Eagles and its members have received 34 Grammy nominations.

  • Long Road Out of Eden, the Eagles' double CD featuring the single, "How Long," was released on October 30th, 2007 and includes 20 new songs.

  • Eagles made their first-ever televised awards show appearance on the 2007 Country Music Awards.

  • Eagles & Dixie Chicks were the debut performers of Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE for six sold-out shows in October 2007.

  • In 2007, Eagle Don Henley was honored as the MusiCares "Person of the Year." MusiCares provides essential support for people in the music industry in times of financial, medical and personal need.

  • In 2005, the Eagles had the 2nd-highest-grossing tour of the year, according to Billboard magazine.

  • The 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.

  • In June 2005, the band released their Eagles Farewell I Tour — Live From Melbourne DVD, which has been certified 16X Platinum.

  • The Eagles Farewell I TV special aired on NBC-TV on June 1, 2005, scoring NBC's highest rating among the coveted 18-49 demographics and attracting the most viewers in the time period.

  • The 2005 Eagles Farewell I spring tour featured six sold-out shows in New York, and was recognized as the top-grossing tour of the concert season in July 2005.

  • The Eagles' 2004 Farewell I world tour featured concerts in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Australia, with five sold-out shows in Melbourne, Australia.

  • The band's compilation CD Eagles — The Very Best Of was released in October 2003 and was certified Double-Platinum by December 2003.

  • The 2003 Farewell I United States tour featured performances in 48 U.S. cities, and was in the top three grossing tours of the year.

  • The Eagles 2003 release "Hole In The World," on their ERC record imprint, received a Grammy nomination and became one of the best-selling singles of the year.

  • Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles, a compilation of Eagles songs performed by Nashville artists released in October 1993, has sold more than five million units and was awarded the Country Music Association's 1994 Album of The Year. A portion of its royalties benefit the Walden Woods Project, founded by Eagle Don Henley in 1990 to help protect the woodland area surrounding Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond.

  • 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.

  • One of These Nights started the band's run of consecutive #1 albums, followed by 1976's Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits 1971 — 1975 and 1979's The Long Run, which also reached the summit. 15 years later, the band would top the charts with their reunion album, 1994's Hell Freezes Over (Geffen).

  • One of These Nights, the band's fourth album, was their first album release to top the album charts, and featured the singles "Lyin' Eyes" and "One of These Nights," which topped the singles charts. The Eagles' 1974 On the Border album produced their first #1 single, "Best of My Love."