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From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles -- as well as a successful solo career -- Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the G-Clefs and the Nomads; while attending Kent State University, he finally picked up the guitar, fronting the collegiate combo the Measles from 1965 to 1969. He then joined the Cleveland-based hard rock trio the James Gang, appearing on their debut LP Yer' Album. The trio's 1970 album, The James Gang Rides Again, proved the group's commercial breakthrough, launching the FM radio favorite "Funk #49" and achieving gold status. While the follow-up, Thirds, was another success, yielding the classic "Walk Away," Walsh found the James Gang's power trio format too confining and left the group soon after. After relocating to Colorado, Walsh formed a new group, Barnstorm, recording a self-titled 1972 LP before making his proper solo debut the following year with The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get. The record cracked the Top Ten on the strength of the pop hit "Rocky Mountain Way" and was followed in 1974 by So What. In the wake of 1976's You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind, Walsh replaced guitarist Bernie Leadon in the hugely popular West Coast rock quintet the Eagles, making his debut on their best-selling Hotel California album. He also continued his solo career, issuing But Seriously, Folks... in 1978; the record's highlight, the hilarious "Life's Been Good" -- a dead-on portrait of rock star debauchery -- became his biggest pop hit, nearly reaching the Top Ten. In 1979, Walsh announced his campaign for President of the United States, promising "free gas for everyone" if he won (he didn't). The Eagles' final studio album, the chart-topping The Long Run, appeared that same year. The soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy generated Walsh's next solo smash, "All Night Long," which cracked the Top 20 in the summer of 1980; although 1981's There Goes the Neighborhood featured his final Top 40 entry, "A Life of Illusion," he continued recording steadily, resurfacing in 1983 with You Bought It: You Name It and issuing The Confessor two years later. In between, Walsh ran for the vice presidency, again unsuccessfully. Following 1987's Got Any Gum?, he toured with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, returning to his solo career for 1991's Ordinary Average Guy. In 1994 he joined the reunited Eagles for their blockbuster Hell Freezes Over tour and remained on the road as a solo act for years to come. In 2012, after years touring with the Eagles and writing new material, Walsh recorded his first solo album with producer extraordinaire Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra) and Beatles drummer Starr. A comeback of sorts, the album title Analog Man pertained to Walsh's difficulties catching up to the new standard of digital recording as a 64-year-old, and trying to adjust to technological advances in society. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Joe Walsh

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    Analog Man

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    Sweet Loam

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    Got Any Gum?

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    You Bought It - You Name It

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    Barnstorm

    11 songs

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    Ordinary Average Guy

    8 songs

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    Rocky Mountain Way - (University Of Texas, Arlington TX Sep 24, 1973)

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    So What

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    But Seriously, Folks...

    9 songs

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    The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get

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    The Confessor

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    There Goes the Neighborhood

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    Lucky That Way

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Joe Walsh

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    Rocky Mountain Way

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    You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind

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    Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley, Ca. July 4th, 1990 (Remastered) [Live KLOS-FM Radio Broadcasting]

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    Joe Walsh Radio Live

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    The Definitive Collection

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    Rock Elite: Best Of Joe Walsh

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    Songs for a Dying Planet

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    But Seriously Folks [Limited Edition]

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    The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get

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Top Songs by
Joe Walsh

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    Popularity
  2.   Rocky Mountain Way
  3.   Life's Been Good
  4.   All Night Long
  5.   A Life Of Illusion
  6.   Turn To Stone
  7.   Ordinary Average Guy
  8.   The Confessor
  9.   Funk 50
  10.   Help Me Thru The Night
  11.   Here We Go
  12.   Ashes, the Rain & I
  13.   Walk Away
  14.   In the City by Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
  15.   Analog Man
  16.   Life's Been Good To Me So Far
  17.   I.L.B.T.S
  18.   Hold Whatcha Got
  19.   Little Boy Blue
  20.   Fun
  21.   At the Station
  22.   Survival In The City
  23.   The Gamma Goochee
  24.   Station ID
  25.   Star Spangle Banner
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Joe Walsh

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    Rewind: 1973

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    Classic Rock Deep Dive

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    B.B. King: DNA

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    Modern Blues

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    Classic Rock BBQ

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    Beatles: DNA

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    '70s Rock

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    Outlaw Country

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    Dave Mustaine: I Am The DJ

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    Jimi Hendrix: DNA

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    '80s Rock

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    Soft Rock

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    '70s Deep Dive


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