|BORN: November 20, 1947, Wichita, KS
After coming to national fame as the leader of the James Gang, Walsh's skewed humor and bluesy guitar chops have forged a nice solo career for him. Walsh's solo debut Barnstorm displayed him as not only an innovative guitarist but a competent keyboardist and a songwriter with much scope. Walsh's second solo effort, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, perfectly suited the tastes of FM-rock programmers and firmly established his career. "Rocky Mountain Way" and "Meadows" are hits off that album. Walsh also produced some outside projects, including Dan Fogelberg's first hit album, Souvenirs. The Eagles enlisted Walsh as a replacement for Bernie Leadon in December of 1975. Their next studio album, Hotel California, heavily featured Walsh's playing, particularly on "Life in the Fast Lane" and "Hotel California." Walsh played on their live album and The Long Run, the band's swan song.
All along, Walsh has continued his solo efforts, scoring big in 1978 with But Seriously Folks ..., an album that brings his goofy humor to the forefront, with the hit "Life's Been Good." "All Night Long," a track from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, continued Walsh's string of success. During the '80s, Walsh has had sporadic success. In addition to Dan Fogelberg, Walsh has produced other atists, including Spirit's Jay Ferguson, and Ringo Starr (working as bandleader on Starr's late-'80s/early-'90s tours). In 1994, Walsh joined the reunited Eagles for their Hell Freezes Over tour and remained on the road as a solo act for years to come. ~ Cub Koda and Rick Clark, All Music Guide