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View Poll Results: Best Eagles Vocalist
Don Henley 13 50.00%
Glenn Frey 8 30.77%
Randy Meisner 1 3.85%
Bernie Leadon 0 0%
Joe Walsh 2 7.69%
Timothy B. Schmit 2 7.69%
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Eagles were not short on vocalists throughout the years. I find it astounding how one band can have so many very competent and a few exceptional vocalists. The two giants, though, were Don Henley and Glenn Frey. Two differnet styles and two different sounds kept this band interesting and fresh. But, I cannot overlook some of the other great vocalists who contributed very much to the band's success. Which is your favorite? Why?

Don Henley, also drummer
examples: (Hotel California, One of These Nights, Life In The Fast Lane)

Glenn Frey, also guitar
examples: (Tequila Sunrise, Heartache Tonight, Already Gone)

Randy Meisner, also bass
examples: (Take It To The Limit, Certain Kind of Fool, Take The Devil)

Bernie Leadon, also guitar
examples: (Earlybird, Train Leaves Here This Morning, Bitter Creek)

Joe Walsh, replaced Bernie Leadon, guitar and keyboards
examples: (In the City, Pretty Maids All In a Row)

Timothy B. Schmit, replaced Randy Meisner, bass
examples: (I Can't Tell You Why)

I would have to give my favorite more to Don Henley. Though I love Glenn Frey's easy to listen to, soft, country tinged voice, I think I prefer Don Henley's more exciting rock tinged voice.
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Glenn Frey definately for me, I like his solo work better too. Good call on Tequila Sunrise, which also happens to be my favorite Eagles song.
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People really underrate this group, I have to say, they were not only a talented band but every member was a talented individual songwriter.

Joe Walsh has the best solo career, hands down, and he played for The James Gang who were awesome. But I have to agree with Crash. Glenn had the best vocals.
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Really Nice Original Post.

I'm not going to break the streak here. It's Glenn Frey for me, Henley is the only one that really bothers me. You cited three great examples of why I like his voice best.

I know we disagree on this Boo Boo, I wouldn't argue their individual and collective talents and for all I complain I still like the band, but all that aside they made a lot of safe, often boring and average at best (for the place they hold in music lore) music.

So I think they are over rated if anything, maybe more over looked then then under rated by the younger generation.
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Thanks for the votes and comments so far, everyone. Ahhh yes, what a great song Tequila Sunrise is. Crash Override--Are you familiar with the fishing worm bait that is called Tequila Sunrise? I always buy that kind just because of the name.

Thanks JJJ. Yes, I have to agree that they have put out some yawners in their day, but when they put out as much music as they did it is bound to happen. Just think about how many hits they have put out, though. Lots. Too many to list here. Another reason why I picked Don Henley is because I find that the more exciting songs have just so happed to have him singing the lead vocals.
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Thanks for the votes and comments so far, everyone. Ahhh yes, what a great song Tequila Sunrise is. Crash Override--Are you familiar with the fishing worm bait that is called Tequila Sunrise? I always buy that kind just because of the name.
No I am not familiar with it. Actually, despite living in a huge fisherman community for a while (shelter island) I'm not much of a fisherman. Tequila Sunrise is one of my favorite ****tails though just because of the name. Now drinking, that's something I know a thing or two about.
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Really Nice Original Post.

I'm not going to break the streak here. It's Glenn Frey for me, Henley is the only one that really bothers me. You cited three great examples of why I like his voice best.

I know we disagree on this Boo Boo, I wouldn't argue their individual and collective talents and for all I complain I still like the band, but all that aside they made a lot of safe, often boring and average at best (for the place they hold in music lore) music.

So I think they are over rated if anything, maybe more over looked then then under rated by the younger generation.
They're the band virtually everyone hates, and they don't deserve to be. I don't see how that's overrated.
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Well then, if thats the case, I suppose you've had a few Tequila sunrises in your day, huh.

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They're the band virtually everyone hates, and they don't deserve to be. I don't see how that's overrated.
There haver been a few magazine polls that rate them the best american band of all time. I think maybe thats what he's referring to.
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There haver been a few magazine polls that rate them the best american band of all time. I think maybe thats what he's referring to.
Magazines for really old people probably.
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