Vocals, Guitar, Steel Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Born on July 19, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Original member of the Eagles
Left in 1975 and was replaced by Joe Walsh
Best work: My Man
Bernie is my all-time favorite Eagles member. He had the best voice: smooth, soft, and
clear. He could play guitar and banjo when he was six! Bernie was a great country guitarist
and an awesome banjo player. His songs were some of the best but unnoticed
Eagles tunes: My Man, I Wish You Peace, and Train Leaves Here This Morning.
It was very unfortunate that Bernie left, because he was a great force in early Eagles music,
and you can definitely sense his absence in the Eagles last two albums. We love you Bernie!
Bernie in 1979, on why he left the band:
"I kept asking 'Are we going to rest next
month?' and we never did. I wanted to get in shape before the age of thirty so I could have a
chance at the rest of my life. I was afraid something inside me was dying. Leaving was an
act of survival."
Bernie Leadon Songs Available:
I Wish You Peace
On the Border
Too Many Hands
Train Leaves Here This Morning
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© 1998 Daniel E. Smith. Last updated 2-2-98.