Who Were Some Original Band Members of the Eagles?


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The founding members of the Eagles were Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. They formed the band in Los Angeles in 1971. Of the founding members, Glenn Frey and Don Henley are still a part of the band's current line-up, as of 2015.

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In early 1971, Linda Ronstadt and John Boylan recruited guitarist/singer Glenn Frey and drummer/singer Don Henley for her band. Henley had moved to Los Angeles from Texas, and Frey had come from Michigan. Then bassist/singer Randy Meisner and guitarist/singer Bernie Leadon joined Ronstadt's group for her summer tour.

After performing for Ronstadt's band, Henley and Frey asked Leadon and Meisner to form a band. The new band then signed with Asylum Records and was named the "Eagles." Geffen and Elliot Roberts initially managed the band till they were replaced by Irving Azoff.

The group's debut album "Eagles" was released on June 1, 1972, and was a great success with three top-40 singles.

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