41 years ago today, America was atop U.S. music charts with “A Horse With No Name.”
It was written by Dewey Bunnell, and was the band’s first and most successful single, released in early 1972, topping the charts in several countries
The song’s resemblance to some of Neil Young‘s work aroused some controversy. “I know that virtually everyone, on first hearing, assumed it was Neil”, Bunnell says. “I never fully shied away from the fact that I was inspired by him. I think it’s in the structure of the song as much as in the tone of his voice. It did hurt a little, because we got some pretty bad backlash. I’ve always attributed it more to people protecting their own heroes more than attacking me.” By coincidence, it was “A Horse with No Name” that replaced Young’s “Heart of Gold” at the #1 spot on the U.S. pop chart.
39 years ago, on this date in 1974, Eagles released their third studio album: On the Border
The album reached #17 on the charts and sold 2 million copies. The album also released three singles, “Already Gone“, “James Dean” and “Best Of My Love“. The singles reached #32, #77 and #1 respectively. “Best of My Love” became the band’s first of five chart toppers.
During the making of the album, the band experienced significant changes. As the band tried to lean towards a more hard rock sound, they felt that producer Glyn Johns overemphasized their country sound. After recording only two songs, the band let go of Johns and hired Bill Szymczyk. At Frey’s request they brought in guitarist Don Felder to add slide guitar to the song “Good Day in Hell“. The band was so impressed that they invited Felder to become the fifth Eagle. They credited him as a late arrival on the album’s liner notes.
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