Song: “Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles
Reached #1: November 10, 1979 (their fifth, 1 week)
Previously: Day 128
It was the last #1 before the Eagles finally imploded. Written with some help from Bob Seger, “Heartache Tonight” sounds like a corollary to the state of the band at the time.
They were in the process of “coming undone” by the time The Long Run came out in 1979 – friction among the band members was at an all-time high. The process had started the year before when Randy Meisner left due to creative differences… and it all finally boiled over in 1980 when the band members actually spent an entire concert in Long Beach threatening to beat each other up after the show.
Post-breakup, Don Henley and Glenn Frey released very successful solo albums, while Timothy B. Schmit stood in for David Crosby during studio sessions for CSN’s Daylight Again album (Crosby was fighting those legendary “personal demons”).
The reunion in 1994 is credited, in part, to country star Travis Tritt. Tritt did a cover of “Take It Easy”, and was hell-bent to have all of the Eagles who were part of The Long Run to participate in the video. Somehow, he convinced all of them to be in the same place at the same time, they started talking again, and before long, the Hell Freezes Over tour (and live album) ensued.
In 2001, Don Felder was fired from the group – and promptly sued (the suit was settled in 2007). The settlement was prompted, in part, by the remaining Eagles’ desire to release their first official album since 1979, Long Road Out Of Eden.
After the Eden tour, the band’s been idle – but there’s been occasional talk of one more album or one more tour. One can only hope.
Tomorrow, the disco-tinged remake of one of the most bizarre songs ever recorded…
Other songs that reached #1 on November 10:
1958 – “It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty (his first, 2 weeks)
1973 – “Keep On Truckin’ (Part 1)” by Eddie Kendricks (his first, 2 weeks)
1990 – “Love Takes Time” by Mariah Carey (her second, 3 weeks)
2007 – “Kiss Kiss” by Chris Brown feat. T-Pain (his second, 3 weeks)