The Eagles had the number one song in America today in 1979

November 10, 2017

The Eagles had the number one song in America

with "Heartache Tonight" on November 10th of 1979

co-written by

Don Henley ~ Glenn Frey 

J.D. Souther ~ Bob Seger 


Heartache Tonight

originated from an electric jam session 

between Glenn Frey and J. D. Souther

who would visited Frey's home in Los Angeles

whenever he was in town on tour


Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther wrote the first verse

while listening to Sam Cooke songs

In the heat of jamming

Glenn Frey called Bob Seger on the phone

and sang him the verse

Seger then blurted out the chorus

According to Glenn Frey

"J.D., Don and I finished that song up”


Heartache Tonight received a Grammy Award 

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal


  • Glenn Frey: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, hand clapping

  • Don Henley: drums, backing vocals

  • Joe Walsh: slide guitar

  • Don Felder: rhythm guitar

  • Timothy B. Schmit: bass guitar, backing vocals

  • Bob Seger: backing vocals 




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