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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16: Timothy B. Schmit, Glen Frey and Don Henley of the Eagles perform during "History Of The Eagles Live In Concert" at the Bridgestone Arena on October 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Eagles: “Already Gone”

The Hook: Glenn Frey, who sang it, says it’s a textbook example of a country-rock song.

Album: On the Border

Year: 1974

Writers: Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund

Stats: Peaked at number-32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: After two albums recorded in England with producer Glyn Johns, who saw them as more country than rock, the Eagles returned to the States to record their third with a new producer. Glenn Frey says “Already Gone” fit perfectly with the direction they were heading at the time.

Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey on “Already Gone.” OC:…trading licks. :30

“We were on On the Border by then and we were working with Bill Szymczyk by then, so we wanted to rock a little bit more. And I think ‘Already Gone’ is a really great example of what I would call a country rock song. Keith Richards, who loved The [Flying] Burrito Brothers, gave a very good description of what country rock was. It was basically a Chuck Berry beat with major country melodies on top, and that’s exactly what ‘Already Gone’ is. It was a lot of fun at the end, myself and Don Felder trading licks.”

Eagles - Already Gone (Live At The Forum, LA, 3/4/1980)

Best version of Already Gone. Sub to Chris Dimal for making this sound just like it should! - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE2bbanywU_Hkp9yyI6ZQHg