Hotel California by The Eagles.

One of the many things I look for in singers is if they really sound like they do on their album, live. And for Don Henley of The Eagles, he does just that.

This song was released as a single in February of 1977 from their album of the same name. It topped the Billboard charts and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In addition, the band also won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1978.

Guitarist Glenn Frey discusses the origin of the song, “The song began as a demo tape, an instrumental by Don Felder. He’d been submitting tapes and song ideas to us since he’d joined the band, always instrumentals, since he didn’t sing. But this particular demo, unlike many of the others, had room for singing. It immediately got our attention. The first working title, the name we gave it, was ‘Mexican Reggae’.”


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