Timothy B. Schmit has had a long career in music. He was born in Oakland and began playing in the Sacramento group Tim, Tom, and Ron when he was only fifteen. The group became a surf band and changed their name first to The Contenders and then to The New Breed. That band had some regional radio success with Tim singing lead on Green Eye’d Woman in 1965 and even recorded a video. The group changed their name to Glad and released their first album in 1968.
When Buffalo Springfield broke up in 1967, Stephen Stills became a founding member of Crosby, Stills, and Nash (and Neil Young eventually joined them).
Richie Furay, Jim Messina, and Rusty Young had worked together on the Buffalo Springfield country-rock song, Kind Woman. They wanted to form a group that would focus on similar songs rather than the other styles found on the Buffalo Springfield albums. Timothy auditioned for the group, but they chose Randy Meisner as their bass player instead. When Richie and Jim would not let Randy take part in the final mix of the group’s first album, Randy left the group and played as part of Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band and later was in Linda Ronstadt’s backup band. Jim left Poco in 1970 and became part of the duo of Loggins and Messina in 1971.
Timothy jumped in to take Randy’s place in Poco and played bass and sang vocals for most of the seventies. The Poco single Keep On Trying featured Timothy on lead vocals and reached #50 in 1975. After leaving Poco by 1977, Timothy also sang backup vocals for Firefall, Steely Dan, and Andrew Gold.
Randy and three other members of Linda Ronstadt’s backup band (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon) left her and formed the Eagles in 1971. After six years of tension in the group, Randy finally left the group in 1977 after their Hotel California tour left him with declining health and marital problems. The group unanimously wanted Timothy to take his place, and for the second time, he replaced Randy.
Timothy co-wrote and >sang lead on I Can’t Tell You Why in 1980, one of the few times somebody other than Glenn or Don sang lead. The Eagles broke up later that year.
Timothy returned to work as a studio musician. He sang backup vocals and/or played bass on recordings by Bob Seger, Boz Scaggs, Toto, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
He toured with Toto in 1982 and joined the Coral Reefer Band to play backup for Jimmy Buffett in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Timothy gets credit for coining the term “Parrotheads” for Buffett’s fans.
In 1984, Timothy finally began recording his own solo albums. He co-wrote and recorded the song Boys Night Out on his second album. The single reached #25 on the Hot 100 and #17 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1987. Five more albums followed, with the most recent album showing up in 2016.
Timothy and Randy finally worked together when they joined Joe Walsh to provide background vocals in 1987 for the first Richard Marx single, Don’t Mean Nothing. He was also a member of Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band in 1992.
Hell froze over and the Eagles reunited in 1994, allowing Timothy to sing lead on Love Will Keep Us Alive, a new single that reached #22. Don Henley formed a new lineup of Eagles after Glenn Frey’s death in 2016. Besides Dan and Timothy, the lineup includes Glenn’s son, Joe Walsh, and Vince Gill.
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