This inclusion to our “Milestones” might surprise you a little bit because not only is it an album by The Eagles, which is not a band that I normally speak of here, but it’s also a greatest hits compilation release. With the passing of the bands founding guitarist Glenn Frey last month I think that it’s great to raise a glass of whatever in the honor of this great compilation. On this day in music history some forty years ago, the music buying world saw copies of “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by The Eagles on the shelves. The album came care of Asylum Records and the text below comes from the albums official Wiki entry to quickly fill you all in on this one.
“Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) comprises nine singles released between 1972 and 1975, plus the album track “Desperado.” All of these singles except “Tequila Sunrise” charted in the top 40, with five in the top ten, and “One of These Nights” and “Best of My Love” both topping the singles chart. With such airplay success in the span of a little over four years, the band became a formidable presence on American commercial radio in the 1970s, and Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart upon its release and later reached number one”.
I’m really getting tired of these announcements already as January has taken another great musician off to the skies as legendary co-founder of The Eagles, Glenn Frey has died at age 67.
Frey met his longtime music partner Don Henley in 1970 when the two were among a number of musicians hired to be Linda Ronstadt’s backup band. Also in the band were Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon and after this 1971 tour the foursome would stick together and form The Eagles and go on to be one of the biggest selling American groups in music history. Having grown up on the “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) album that my Mom had it was easy to see why this was the case as the songwriting and melody in these tracks simply said “success”. No matter what your musical preference today might be, The Eagles are likely a band that you can listen to and find yourself smiling while doing so. Frey was a great solo artist as well and had driving hits like “The Heat Is On” from “Beverly Hills Cop” along with “You Belong To The City” from the mega-hit TV series “Miami Vice” where Frey even played a character during their first season. There is so much to know about this fine musician but that can be left to your own discovery on his official Wiki entry which I have linked below. Earlier today they announced that it was a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery that would take him from us. Thank you Glenn for all the incredible musical memories that you have left us with. Yesterday I mused how the great David Bowie must have needed a guitar player for his next project which was the easiest way for me to process just how bad 2016 has been to the music side with all these deaths. We wish the deepest of condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans. May he Rest In Peace.