He is a guitarist born in Gainesville,
Florida. His first guitar was acquired when
he swapped it for cherry bombs with a friend, and by the time he was 15 he had
become a member of the band The Continentals, who Steven Stills also played
for at the time.
After Steven Stills left the group renamed themselves to
the Maundy Quintet and he was replaced by Bernie Leadon
who would be a musical associate of his for many years. The Quintet broke up and he joined a
band called Flow who released just one album and after he moved on to Boston
he met the Eagles on their first tour.
After being hired by David Blue he worked on an album
and toured with him as the opening act for Crosby and Nash and then the
Eagles asked that he join them after they had requested he perform the
slide guitar for them on their song "Good Day in Hell". He got involved with the songwriting and co-wrote several of their songs and his
greatest success, and the one he will be most remembered for with his
guitar solo, is the No. 1 hit "Hotel California" which also won a
Grammy Award for "Record of the Year" in 1978. The band broke up in 1983 when he
concentrated on his solo career and released the album Airborne.
His songwriting and
performances have been used in TV and film, including songs in the film Heavy Metal, the theme song to the
cartoon series Galaxy High, and
in the mid-1980s he also had his own musical comedy TV show which he
hosted, called FTV.
He reunited with the Eagles in 1994 and continued to
perform with them until he was fired in 2001. He took lawsuits out on Glenn Frey
and Don Healey and Eagles Ltd. for wrongful termination and is said to be
seeking $50 million in damages.
One of These
Nights (Don Henley/Glenn Frey)