The Eagles burst onto the scene for the first time 50 years ago this week, on June 1st, 1972—when the group released their self-titled debut album.We’re taking a look back at one of the biggest rock ‘n roll albums of all time.
The album was produced by Glyn Johns, who was known for working with The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin. The album featured three of their biggest hits -- "Take It Easy," "Witchy Woman" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling."
However, it was the group’s harmonies on the ballad “Take the Devil” (from bassist Randy Meisner) that actually convinced Glyn Johns to produce them. The other members in the Eagles at that time were Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Bernie Leadon.
From the band's 2013 documentary, History of the Eagles, Johns recalled, "There it was, the sound. Extraordinary blend of voices, wonderful harmony sound, just stunning."
Eagles first debuted on the Billboard 200 at #102, but eventually made its way all the way up to 22 in its sixth week of release. It was finally certified platinum decades later in 2001 for more than a million copies sold.
By the way, "Take It Easy," the album's lead song, is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]