American folk rock group. The individual members previously played separately with Neil Young, Chris Hillman and Rick Nelson before meeting each other in 1971 as accompanists of singer Linda Ronstadt. In August 1971 they went into business for themselves, called themselves Eagles and tried their luck on their own. It worked out. Already in 1972 the first LP "Eagles" was released and immediately appeared in the hit parades. The uncomplicated, melodious folk rock songs with the catchy harmonies of singer, pianist and guitarist Glenn Frey (born 6.11. 1948 in Detroit), drummer Don Henley (born 22. 7.1947 in Gilmer), guitarist Bernie Leadon (born 19.7.1947 in Minneapolis) and bassist Randy Meisner (born 8.3.1946 in Scottsbluff) liked right away.
"Take it easy' was the group's first hit in the spring of 1972, and the most acclaimed LP to date, the aim of a concept album, was'Desperado' in 1973, in which the Eagles make comparisons to the modern existence of a rock musician and the existence of a gun of the last century. In Germany, the Eagles won through in 1975 with their single "One of these Nights'. Since March 1974 Eagles play with steel guitarist and singer Don Felder (born September 21, 1947 in Gainesville).