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HOTEL CALIFORNIA - EAGLES - 1977

 

NEWS

• Gary Gilmore, is shot to death by a firing squad in Utah, becoming the first person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated.

• The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert.

• Crude oil from Alaska begins flowing south down the trans-Alaska pipeline.

• A plane crash in Mississippi with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd on board kills four.

• The Last execution by guillotine in France.

 

FADS and ENTERTAINMENT

• T.V.:  Roots, Captain & Tennille, Donnie & Marie and Hee-Haw, and American Bandstand turned 25 years old.

• MOVIES: Star Wars, Annie Hall, & The Goodbye Girl, Saturday Night Fever

• Victoria’s Secret, and Sharper Image stores appeared

• Apple introduces the Apple II computer.

 

DEAD

• Elvis Presley: January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

• Charlie Chaplin: April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977.

• Freddie Prinze: June 22, 1954 – January 29, 1977.

• Guy Lombardo: June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977.

 

#1@1

• By mid-decade the Eagles had already released a greatest hits album!  

• 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. (He would be replaced by Timothy B. Schmit, coincidentally the same bassist who replaced him in Poco.)

• According to Glenn Frey's liner notes for The Very Best of Eagles, the use of the word "steely" in the lyric (referring to knives) was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in their song "Everything You Did."

• The Eagles won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for Hotel California and it would propel them back to #1 for the second time that year.

• Here Are The Eagles with  “Hotel California” your #1 @ 1 from May 1977.

 



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