Song of the Day 10/18

Posted: October 18, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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Today’s song had me singing higher than I should ever try to sing on my drive to work. Written by Don Henley, Glen Frey, Bob Seger and J.D. Souther, The Eagles’ “Heartache Tonight” was released on 1979’s The Long Run and released as a single that same year. Despite the single selling 1 million copies, the song only remained at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week. “Heartache Tonight” won The Eagles their fourth Grammy, this one for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. “Heartache Tonight” would be The Eagles’ last number one hit and The Long Run, their last studio album for 28 years.

Because The Eagles have had so many members throughout the years, I thought it important to list the people responsible for this particular song. The Eagles line up during this time consisted of: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmidt. Bob Seger also sang backing vocals, but was not credited.

The band broke up after a tense set in Long Beach, CA in 1980, but still owed their label a live recording from the tour. Frey and Henley were so angry at each other; the album was mixed by Frey and Henley from opposite coasts via FedEx.
“Heartache Tonight” was covered by Country music artist, John Anderson for the album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles as well as by Michael Bublé.

The song is about people going out and actively seeking a one night stand. “Somebody’s gonna hurt someone, before the night is through”, the singer is telling us that this type of behavior usually ends with someone getting hurt in some way.

The Eagles are legendary performers and musicians. They are one of the most successful bands of the 70s. To this day, they are the fifth highest selling musical act in U.S. history and the highest selling American band in history with over 120 million albums sold worldwide. The Eagles were at the height of their popularity when they broke up. Many of the members had successful solo careers.

The Eagles reunited in 1994 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1998. They released Hell Freezes Over in 1994, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.

There is no doubt about the mark left on the music world by The Eagles. Last year, one of the members even mentioned another possible studio album. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. If they should announce that they are done, I’m sure there will be several heartbreaks that night.

See ya on the “b” side


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