Today in Music History, February 12

Eagles – Hotel California Album

On this date 36 years ago in 1977, the Eagles latest album Hotel California dropped to number two on the Billboard album charts after enjoying a two week run at number one. The album had only been on the charts for 8 weeks.   It was the fifth studio album released by the band.  It is a turning point album as it is the first Eagles album without founding member Bernie Leadon, the first with Joe Walsh and last featuring original bass player and singer Randy Meisner.    It sold 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone.  The album won numerous awards and included three Top 20 singles, “New Kid in Town”, “Hotel California”, and  ” Life in the Fast Lane.”   The album also featured  “Wasted Time”, “Victim of Love”, and ” The Last Resort.”  Members of the Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence.

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