Bernie Leadon

Bernie Leadon ( born July 19, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American singer, guitarist, banjo and dobro player and songwriter who was a member of the country-rock band Flying Burrito Brothers and The Eagles in the 1960s and 1970s.


Leadon attended Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Florida. One of his classmates was Don Felder, who was later to play with him at The Eagles. Fields at the time was a member of the band The Continentals, which also belonged to Stephen Stills. Leadon replaced stills from the guitar. The band changed their name into Maundy Quintet. In Yearbook of the high school was another band in 1966 next to the Maundy Quintet yet mapped, The Epics, their singer Tom Petty. Leadons brother Tom played with Petty in another early band of Petty, Mudcrutch.

The end of 1964 Leadon played a few gigs with the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, a California bluegrass band, which was led by the later a founding member of The Byrds, Chris Hillman. The mid-1960s he joined the short-lived folk-rock trio Hearts and Flowers.

Dillard & Clark

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In 1968 he founded together with Gene Clark ( former member of The Byrds ) and Doug Dillard ( formerly of The Dillards ) the group Dillard and Clark. Another member of the band was ex- Hearts and Flowers bassist David Jackson. With their first album, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark, he was co-writer on most tracks, including Train Leaves Here This Morning, later an integral part of the live program of the Eagles. In the follow-up album Through The Morning, Through The Night, he was only with a couple of songs and had already left the band at the appearance of the plate. In an interview he explained his departure in 2003 so that Dillard and Clark had 1969 added the singer Donna Washburn at the band and assigned her the third harmony voice. He has thereby become " superfluous " ( Rock Of Ages, Bernie Leadon interview, 2003).

Flying Burrito Brothers

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Leadon first joined the backing band of Linda Ronstadt, The Corvettes at. He left this but soon returned to join the Flying Burrito Brothers. He participated on the side of Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge, Sneaky Pete Kleinow and Rick Roberts on three albums and in turn contributed their own songs at.

Disappointed with the dominant role of the newly acquired Rick Roberts as a singer, he left the Burritos in 1971 to join again Linda Rondstadts backing. At this time, other members of this group were the singer and guitarist Glenn Frey, as well as the drummer and singer Don Henley.

The Eagles

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1972 decided Leadon, Frey and Henley, Randy Meisner, together with ( former bassist of Poco ), to form their own band: The Eagles. In this they developed the country-rock style of the Flying Burrito Brothers on. Leadon collaborated on four albums (1972-1975) and contributed titles like My Man and Bitter Creek at. The title of Journey of the Sorcerer, which was used as the theme song for the radio and television productions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, written by him.

Exhausted by touring and studio commitments Leadon left the band in December 1975 and was replaced by Joe Walsh.

1977 to today

In 1977, Leadon Michael Georgiades with the Bernie Leadon -Michael Georgiades Band, which released Natural Progressions with only one album before they broke up. In the 1980s he participated initially on various projects with Chris Hillman. He recorded on his albums Morning Sky (1982) and Desert Rose (1984 ) with and founded with him, Al Perkins, David Mansfield and Jerry Scheff, the Group Ever Call Ready, 1985 on two albums ( Ever Call Ready and Down Home Praise ) Bluegrass recorded with Christian texts.

Two years later he replaced John McEuen with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and was on their albums Hold On (1987 ), Workin 'Band (1988) and Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol.2 (1989 ) involved. In the 1990s, he founded a novelty band called Run C & W, which specialized in it, carry forward country songs in rap style. They released two albums: Into The Twangy First Century (1993) and Row Vs. Wade ( 1995). In 2003, Leadon together with Ethan Johns solo album Mirror on.

In his career he has participated in numerous recordings by other musicians, including Gram Parsons, Randy Newman, Barry McGuire, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Rita Coolidge, Andy Fairweather - Low, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, David Crosby and Stevie Nicks. His contributions range from vocals and guitar on pedal steel guitar to banjo, dobro and mandolin.

In 1998 he joined the occasion of the entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again with all present and former members of the Eagles on stage to jointly Take It Easy and Hotel California to present.