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"Hotel California"

* 6. November 1948, Detroit, Michigan,
† 18. Januar 2016, New York City, USA

Take It Easy

Hotel California 1977

"Hotel California" ist eine kritischen Betrachtung der Tücken des Lebens im Süden Californiens in den turbulenten 70er Jahren. Die Allegorie einer fehlenden Balance zwischen Kunst und Kommerz, einer Musikindustrie, die ein Teil der dunklen Seite des American Dream ist, der Verlockungen der West Küste für unerfahrene, junge Musiker, die sich unverhofft in einer unentrinnbaren, glitzernden Falle von Ruhm und Reichtum wiederfinden. Von exessivem Materialismus, Gier und Hedonismus, Drogenkonsum, dramatischem Niedergang von Treu und Glauben hin zu immer mehr Hinterhältigkeit.


"Hotel California" was the title song from the 1976 album of the same name by the American rock band THE EAGLES and was released as a single in February 1977. It is one of the best-known songs of the album-oriented rock era. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. The original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. "Hotel California" topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977. Three months after its release, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America representing 1,000,000 records shipped. THE EAGLES also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Hotel California" at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. In 2009, the song "Hotel California" was certified Platinum (Digital Sales Award) by the RIAA for sales of 1,000,000 digital downloads. The song is rated highly in many rock music lists and polls. Rolling Stone magazine, for example, placed it as the 49th greatest song of all time. It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song's guitar solo is ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Solos. As one of the group's most popular and well-known songs, "Hotel California" has been a concert staple for the band since its release. "Hotel California" was an album released by The Eagles in December 1976. It is the first EAGLES album without founding member Bernie Leadon and the first album with Joe Walsh. It is also the last album featuring original bass player and singer Randy Meisner. "Hotel California" was THE EAGLES' fifth album of original material and became a critical success and a major commercial hit. Since its release, it has sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album was at #1 for eight weeks in early 1977 (non-consecutively).

THE EAGLES are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971 by Glenn Frey (born November 6, 1948), Don Henley (born July 22, 1947), Bernie Leadon (born July 19, 1947) and Randy Meisner (born March 8, 1946). The band's membership over the years has also included Don Felder (born September 21, 1947), Timothy B. Schmit (born October 30, 1947) and Joe Walsh (born November 20, 1947). With five number one singles and six number one albums, THE EAGLES were one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, "Their Greatest Hits (1971--1975)" and "Hotel California", ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. ever. THE EAGLES broke up in July 1980, but reunited in 1994 for "Hell Freezes Over", a mix of live and new studio tracks. They have toured intermittently since then, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.


9. Juli 2013

So long and thank you, Mr. Frey!

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