Joe Walsh

Rock Musician

Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has been a member of three commercially successful bands: the James Gang, Barnstorm, and the Eagles. He has also experienced success as a solo artist and prolific session musician, especially with B.B. King and Dan Fogelberg. He holds the 54 spot in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."… Read More

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1947 Birth Joseph Fidler Walsh was born on November 20, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Robert Newton Fidler and grandson of Alden Anderson Fidler and Dora Jay Newton. … Read More


1965 17 Years Old The Measles, an Ohio garage bar band, were formed in 1965 by four Kent State University students, one of whom was Joe Walsh. … Read More
1967 19 Years Old Around Christmas time of 1967, James Gang guitarist Glenn Schwartz, who turned out to be AWOL from the army and was breaking up with his wife, decided to leave the band to move to California, where he ended up forming the band Pacific Gas & Electric.


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Just days later, shortly after the new year of 1968 had dawned, a friend of Schwartz's, Joe Walsh (from a fellow band called the Measles), knocked on Jim Fox's door and asked to be given a tryout as Schwartz's replacement. … Read More
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They released their debut album, Yer' Album, in 1969.
In December 1971 Walsh left the James Gang. … Read More
…  After the James Gang broke up in 1972, Walsh formed a band, Barnstorm, with Joe Vitale, a college friend of Walsh's from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado, where Walsh had settled as his home after leaving Ohio. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old The follow-up, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, released in June 1973, was marketed under Walsh's name (although officially a Barnstorm album) and was their commercial breakthrough. … Read More
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In 1974 Barnstorm disbanded and Walsh continued as a solo artist.
1975 27 Years Old In 1975, Walsh was invited to join the Eagles as founding member Bernie Leadon's replacement. … Read More
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In March 1976, he released a live album, You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind, which also featured the Eagles.


1978 30 Years Old As the Eagles struggled to record their follow-up to Hotel California, Walsh re-ignited his solo career with the critically well-received album, But Seriously, Folks in May 1978. … Read More
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Walsh also contributed "In the City" to The Warriors soundtrack in 1979, a song penned and sung by Walsh that was later rerecorded for the Eagles' studio album, The Long Run.
…  In 1980, the band broke up. … Read More
1983 35 Years Old In May 1983, Walsh released You Bought It – You Name It; the album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, while other reviewers noted good points to the album. … Read More
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In late 1984 Walsh was contacted by Australian musician Paul Christie, the former bassist for Mondo Rock. … Read More


After the album's commercial disappointment, Walsh decided to return to Australia in 1989 to tour with another incarnation of the Party Boys.
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Although he had left by the time of its 1990 release, he still appears as lead singer on two tracks, "Up All Night" and "It's Alright". … Read More
1992 44 Years Old In 1992 Walsh ran for vice president with Rev. Goat Carson under the slogan "We Want Our Money Back!"
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An Eagles country tribute album titled Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles was released in 1993, thirteen years after the break up. … Read More


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In 1998 a reader's poll conducted by Guitarist magazine selected the guitar solos on the track "Hotel California" by Walsh and Don Felder as the best guitar solos of all time. … Read More
In June 2004, Walsh performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas.
2006 58 Years Old In 2006, Walsh reunited with Jim Fox and Dale Peters of the James Gang for new recordings and a 15-date summer reunion tour. … Read More
…  It debuted on television on Country Music Television during the Top 20 Countdown on August 23, 2007. … Read More


The Eagles won their fifth Grammy in 2008, in the category Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "How Long." … Read More
On February 12, 2012, Walsh appeared on stage with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and McCartney's band at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to close out the Grammy Awards show.
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On February 9, 2014, Walsh was featured in several songs on the CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.
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