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Eagles: "Lyin' Eyes"
The Hook: Written during sessions for their third album, Bernie Leadon recalls it as the first new Don Henley and Glenn Frey song to knock out their new producer, Bill Szymczyk.
Album: One of These Nights
Writers: Don Henley and Glenn Frey
Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100.
Background: The Eagles changed producers from Englishman Glyn Johns to American Bill Szymczyk in the middle of recording their third album, On the Border. As guitarist Bernie Leadon recalls it, that led to them writing some new songs when they got back to the U.S., including "Lyin' Eyes, which would become a huge hit from their next album.
Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon on how Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote “Lyin’ Eyes” after a dry spell during the recording of On the Border, following a mid-recording switch from English-based producer Glyn Johns to American Bill Szymczyk. OC:…that point. :26
“We came back to the US and decided to change producers, got Bill Szymczyk, went in the studio, recorded for about six weeks, and had run out of songs. We took another break of about a month and did 'Journey of the Sorcerer', the instrumental, and 'Lyin' Eyes.' 'Lyin' Eyes' was like a throwback more to the sound of the first album. I remember Szymczyk saying when we came up with it -- he said, ‘I'm knocked out. You were out of songs a month ago and you come up with a classic Eagles song.’ So it was fortuitous that it was written at that point."
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