Bernie Leadon


Bernard Mathew "Bernie" Leadon, III is an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Prior to the Eagles, he was a member of two pioneering and highly influential country rock bands, Dillard & Clark and the Flying Burrito Brothers. He is a multi-instrumentalist coming from a bluegrass background. He introduced elements of this music to a mainstream audience during his tenure with the Eagles.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bernie Leadon.


1947 Birth Born on July 19, 1947.


1963 15 Years Old 1 More Event
Augmented by banjo player (and future Flying Burrito Brother) Kenny Wertz, the Squirrel Barkers eventually asked Leadon to join the group, upon Wertz's joining the Air Force in 1963.
1967 19 Years Old A call from ex-Squirrel Barker Larry Murray in 1967, to join his fledgling psychedelic country-folk group, Hearts & Flowers, was enticement enough for Leadon to move to California, where he quickly fell in with the burgeoning L.A. folk/country rock scene. … Read More


1968 20 Years Old By late 1968, Leadon had befriended bluegrass/banjo legend Doug Dillard, late of the Dillards. … Read More
1969 21 Years Old Leadon left Dillard & Clark in 1969, eventually reconnecting with ex-Squirrel Barker (and ex-Byrd) Chris Hillman, who asked him to join The Flying Burrito Brothers, a fledgling country-rock band that Hillman had formed a year earlier with fellow ex-Byrd, Gram Parsons. … Read More
1971 23 Years Old After the latter album's release in 1971, Leadon had tired of the band's lack of commercial success and decided to leave the band to pursue an opportunity to play with three musicians he had jelled with while moonlighting in Linda Ronstadt's backing band that summer. … Read More
1975 27 Years Old …  He famously quit the band in 1975 by pouring a beer over Glenn Frey's head. … Read More
1977 29 Years Old Upon leaving the Eagles, Leadon retreated from the limelight, only to resurface in 1977 with musician friend Michael Georgiades for his first solo album, Natural Progressions with Brian Garofalo on bass, Dave Kemper on drums, Steve Goldstein on keyboard, Mike Georgiades on guitar and vocals.


1985 37 Years Old In 1985, he recorded an album of bluegrass and gospel favorites under the name Ever Call Ready, featuring Chris Hillman and Al Perkins. … Read More


1993 45 Years Old In 1993, he became a member of Run C&W, a novelty group singing Motown hits "bluegrass style", recording two albums for MCA Records.


1998 50 Years Old In 1998, Leadon reunited with the Eagles in New York City for the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. … Read More
2004 56 Years Old In 2004, he released his second solo effort in 27 years, Mirror.


2013 66 Years Old Leadon toured with The Eagles from 2013 through 2015 during their History of the Eagles Tour In 2015, Leadon appeared on producer Ethan Johns' third solo album, Silver Liner.
2016 69 Years Old In February 2016, Leadon appeared at the Grammy Awards ceremony with Jackson Browne and the other surviving Eagles - Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit - performing "Take it Easy", in tribute to Glenn Frey who died a month earlier. … Read More
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