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There’s a reason the Eagles’ “best of” album was the first album ever to be certified platinum.

This Southern California country rock band gave rock a litany of hits: “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Witchy Woman,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “The Best of My Love,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Desperado,” “Hotel California” and we could go on.

Hall of Fame Essay


Parke Puterbaugh

The Eagles soared above the rapidly changing landscape of America in the Seventies, casting the social mores of those high-flying years into keenly observed songs that everyone came to know by heart. 

In their flight across a decade that they defined as authoritatively as any band, the Eagles mirrored the larger changes tak­ing place in society. They began as wide-eyed innocents with a country-rock pedigree and ended as  purveyors of grandiose, dark-themed albums chronicling a world of excess and seduction that had begun spinning seriously out of control.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1998
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they put their thumb on the pulse of popular music
Jimmy Buffet



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