1980 Joe Walsh – All Night Long
In 1966, several musicians in Cleveland, Ohio, formed The James Gang. After some lineup changes, the membership reduced to a power trio: Jim Fox on drums, Tom Kriss on bass, and Joe Walsh on guitars and vocals. After they released their first album, Tom left and Dale Peters took his place on the bass.
The band’s second album contained one notable song that got a lot of airplay, Funk 49. The single reached #59 on the Hot 100 in 1970.
One more album came out in 1971, after which Joe left and the band continued on without him.
Joe moved to Colorado and formed Barnstorm with various other musicians. The new band recorded two albums, but the band fell apart by 1974.
Joe briefly pursued a solo career and released his first solo album in December 1974. It cannot escape notice that a few of the musicians who played on his album included three of the Eagles: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Randy Meisner.
In 1975, Joe officially joined the Eagles, touring and recording with them until the band fell apart in 1980.
Joe would record solo records from time to time while the Eagles were not busy, and in 1980 he contributed a song to the soundtrack of Urban Cowboy, All Night Long. The song became a single which reached #19 on the Hot 100.
Joe changed his style somewhat, and beginning with his next single, he began charting on the Mainstream Rock chart. His future success can be seen by looking at the reception the pop and rock charts gave A Life of Illusion:
Hot 100 – #34, US Mainstream Rock – #1
He never again reached the top forty on the Hot 100 with a solo release, but continued landing in the top ten on the rock chart through 1992.
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