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Joe Walsh

Born: 1947 AD
Currently alive, at 73 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Guitarist, Musicians, Songwriter

American Guitarist and Singer, songwriter


1947 – Born – Nov 20th – Wichita, KS


1965-67 – University: Kent State University


1965-1969 – he picked up the guitar, fronting the collegiate combo the Measles.


1969 – joined the Cleveland-based hard rock trio the James Gang, appearing on their debut LP Yer’ Album. The trio’s 1970 album, The James Gang Rides Again, proved the group’s commercial breakthrough, launching the FM radio favorites "Funk #49" and achieving gold status. While the follow-up, Thirds, was another success, yielding the classic "Walk Away," The last hit song with Walsh was "Midnight Man" in Oct, 1971.


1971 – Walsh found the James Gang’s power-trio format too confining and left the group.


1972 – After relocating to Colorado, Walsh formed a new group, Barnstorm, recorded a self-titled LP before making his proper solo debut the following year with The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get. The record cracked the Top Ten on the strength of the pop hit "Rocky Mountain Way" and was followed in 1974 by So What.


1976 –  Walsh replaced guitarist Bernie Leadon in the hugely popular West Coast rock quintet the Eagles. He also continued his solo career, issuing But Seriously, Folks in 1978, the record’s highlight, the hilarious "Life’s Been Good"


1979 – Walsh announced his campaign for President of the United States, promising "free gas for everyone" if he won (he didn’t.) The Eagles’ final studio album, the chart-topping The Long Run, appeared that same year.


1980 – The soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy generated Walsh’s next solo smash, "All Night Long," which cracked the Top Twenty in the summer.


1981 –  There Goes the Neighborhood featured his final Top 40 entry, "A Life of Illusion," he continued recording steadily.


1983 – with You Bought It–You Name It and issuing The Confessor two years later. In between, Walsh ran for the vice presidency, again unsuccessfully.


1991 – he toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, returning to his solo career for Ordinary Average Guy.


1994 – he joined the reunited Eagles for their blockbuster tour and remained on the road as a solo act for years to come.



Some of his most recent compositions, such as "One Day At A Time", deal with his struggles with substance abuse, particularly alcoholism. He is now a teetotaller and has been sober since 1995.



2006 – Walsh reunited with Jim Fox and Dale Peters of James Gang for a 15-date summer reunion tour. The tour lasted into the fall.




In 2006 he donated an autographed guitar to the ARRL for its charity auction.