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My favorite groups

  1. The Eagles (1980, 2008)
  2. Fleetwood Mac
  3. Beatles
  4. Rolling Stones (2005)
  5. The Police (2007)
  6. Ozark Mountain Daredevils (1974) (Web site)
  7. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
  8. Led Zeppelin
  9. Kansas (1979, 2011) (also see Kerry Livgren)
  10. Elton John (2012) U2

(Years in parentheses denote concerts I have seen, with blog links for concerts in recent years.) I play several songs from each of the above groups on guitar.


Best rock groups & albums

Year Beatles Rolling Stones Fleetwood Mac Eagles Ozark Mtn Daredevils Kansas
1963 Please Please Me . . . . .
1963 With the Beatles . . . . .
1964 Hard Day's Night The Rolling Stones . . . .
1964 Beatles For Sale The Rolling Stones Now! . . . .
1965 Help The Rolling Stones No. 2 . . . .
1965 Rubber Soul 12 x 5 / Out Of Our Heads . . . .
1966 . Aftermath . . . .
1966 Revolver . . . . .
1967 Sgt. Pepper's L.H.C.B. Flowers / Between Buttons . . . .
1967 Magical Mystery Tour Satanic Majesties' Request . . . .
1968 . . . . . .
1968 White Album Beggars' Banquet . . . .
1969 . . . . . .
1969 Abbey Road Let It Bleed . . . .
1970 Let It Be . . . . .
1971 . Sticky Fingers . . . .
1972 . Exile On Main Street . The Eagles . .
1973 . Goat's Head Soup . Desperado . .
1974 . It's Only Rock 'N' Roll . On the Border . .
1975 . Metamorphosis Fleetwood Mac One Of These Nights . .
1976 . Black and Blue Rumours Hotel California . .
1977 . . . . . .
1978 . Some Girls . . . .
1979 . . Tusk The Long Run . .
1980 . Emotional Rescue . . . .
1981 . Tatoo You . . . .
1982 . . Mirage . . .
1983 . Undercover . . . .
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1986 . Dirty Work . . . .
1987 . . Tango In The Night . . .
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1989 . Steel Wheels . . . .
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1994 . Voodoo Lounge . . . .
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The Eagles:
America's greatest rock group

In concert: May 2008, Charlottesville, VA.

    Top Ten Eagles songs

  1. Hotel California
  2. Take It Easy
  3. Tequila Sunrise
  4. Already Gone
  5. Peaceful, Easy Feeling
  6. Desperado
  7. Long Road Out of Eden
  8. Lyin' Eyes
  9. Certain Kind of Fool
  10. Life In The Fast Lane

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: www.eaglesband.com

It all started in the early 1970s when Glenn Frey, a native of Detroit "Rock City," Michigan, and Don Henley, from Gilmer, a small town in eastern Texas, met in Los Angeles. Jackson Brown, John David Souther, and others collaborated on several of their early hits, as Henley and Frey formed one of the greastest creative musical matches since Lennon and McCartney. The group achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in creating a fusion of country and rock music, defining the "California sound," along with Fleetwood Mac. Their spectacular success in the late 1970s, culminating in "Hotel California," offered hope for humanity in the face of the soulless onslaught of disco music. Tragically, the group broke up in 1981 .

Drummer Don Henley (www.donhenley.com) was always the more serious conscientious one, a characteristic that became more pronounced after the Eagles split up. He went on to have a prolific solo career, and his song "The Boys Of Summer" was one of the biggest hit singles of the 1980s. He went on to release other studio albums, including The End of the Innocence (1989) and Inside Job (2000).

Guitarist Glenn Frey (see his blog) was the more fun-loving half of the duo. He also had success as a post-Eagles solist, most notably "You Belong to the City." He also appeared in a couple episodes of "Miami Vice."

Bernie Leadon played guitar, banjo, and dobro on the Eagles' early albums, giving the group an authentic country "flavor." Ultimately, the group decided they wanted to go more in the direction of rock, and he was the first band member to leave.

Randy Meisner, from Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, was the original bassist with the group. He too was strongly on the country side of rock, and his unique vocal style stood out on "Certain Kind of Fool" (one of my favorites), "Take It to the Limit" and "Too Many Hands." He left the group in 1977, shortly after Hotel California was released.

Don Felder, a true guitar virtuoso, arrived during the recording of On the Border in 1974, and had a big impact on "Already Gone." He played with the Eagles on their "Hell Freezes Over" reunion tour (1994), but not after that.

The addition of Joe Walsh (www.joewalsh.com) in 1976 made the Eagles a true "super group." He came from the Cleveland-based hard-rock trio The James Gang, replacing Bernie Leadon. His exhuberant attitude added a lot to the group, which played his anthem "Life's Been Good" and other hits.

Timothy B. Schmit (www.timothybschmit.com) came from the mellow country-rock group Poco to replace Randy Meisner, whom he had also replaced in Poco. His soft voice added even greater depth to the Eagles' renowned vocal harmonies.

Eagles album covers
Year Album Drums Guitar Bass Guitar Guitar
1972 The Eagles Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon .
1973 Desperado Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon .
1974 On the Border Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1975 One of These Nights Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1976 (Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975) Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1976 Hotel California Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Joe Walsh Don Felder
1979 The Long Run Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1980 Eagles Live Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1982 (Greatest Hits, Volume 2) Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1994 Hell Freezes Over (mostly live) : 1 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
2000 (Selected Works, 1972-1999) : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .
2003 (The Very Best Of) : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .
2007 Long Road Out of Eden : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .

NOTES: All band members do vocals, but Henley or Frey usually sing lead. All band members play multiple instruments. Album titles in parentheses are compilations of previously released songs recorded in studios. Albums prior to 1990s were (analog) vinyl LPs.


Kansas

In concert: October 2011, Harrisonburg, VA.

Kansas played a concert at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, accompanied by the JMU symphony orchestra..

Kansas at JMU

Kansas takes a bow after the show at JMU. (Roll mouse over the image to see a closeup of the band members signing autographs after the show was over. Photo retouched to remove obstruction.)


The Police

In concert: November 2007, Charlottesville, VA.

The Police led the retro "New Wave" rock movement in the late 1970s. It was the first time we had been to the John Paul Jones Arena, which replaced University Hall as the main venue for basketball in 2006.

Police in concert

"Sting" sings during The Police concert.


The Rolling Stones

In concert: October 2005.

The Rolling Stones played at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The group Phish, led by Trey Anastasio, provided the early music

Rolling Stones at Scott Stadium

Rolling Stones at Scott Stadium.


Latin American folk music

This table of charango chords is based on a pamphlet that came with the charango I bought in Cuzco, Peru in March 2004. A charango is a very small ten-stringed instrument with a rounded body, roughly comparable to a ukelele but with a much richer, almost haunting tone. The numbers correspond to, respectively,
the index finger (1),
the middle finger (2),
the ring finger (3), and
the little finger (4).

Charango chords

ABC

1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
. The Beach Boys . . .
. The Beatles . . . . .
. The Rolling Stones
. The Doors . . . . .
. Led Zeppelin . . . .
. Creedence Clearwater Revival . . . . .
. . The Doobie Brothers . . .
. Crosby, Stills, & Nash .
. . Grand Funk . . . .
. . Three Dog Night . . . .
. . The Eagles . . . .
. . Kansas . . .
. . The Police . . .
. Pink Floyd . .
. . The Cars . . .
. . . The Pretenders . . .
. . Bruce Springsteen
. . Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers . .
. . Rush . . .
. . . Foreigner . . .
. . . John Mellencamp
. . . Bon Jovi