Happy birthday to Don Felder! Legendary guitarist born on this day in 1947.
Donald William Felder is an American musician and songwriter, best known for his work as a lead guitarist of the Eagles from 1974 until 2001.
In early January 1974, Felder was called by Eagles to add slide guitar to their song "Good Day in Hell" and some guitar licks to "Already Gone". On the band's fourth album, One of These Nights, Felder sang lead vocal on the song "Visions" (the only song to have him singing lead), which he co-wrote with Don Henley, and arranged the title track's distinctive guitar solo and bass line.
After founding member Bernie Leadon departed in 1975 following the tour to support the album, Joe Walsh joined the band. Felder and Walsh would eventually become one of rock music's most memorable onstage partnerships.
The first album that Eagles released after the lineup change was Hotel California, which became a major international bestseller. Felder submitted "16 or 17 tracks" that resulted in the songs "Victim of Love" and the album's title track, "Hotel California".
The band (including Felder) regrouped 14 years later for a concert aired on MTV, which resulted in a new album Hell Freezes Over in 1994.
Felder performed the hits "Take It Easy" and "Hotel California" at the band's 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Manhattan, New York City. He continued as a member of Eagles until 2001.
Since 2005 Felder has been touring with his own band, the Don Felder Band. In 2014, they toured with rock bands Styx and Foreigner. In 2017 Felder toured the US with Styx and REO Speedwagon.
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