Joe Walsh

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Legal name: Joseph Fidler Walsh


Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He has previously been a member of two commercially successful bands: Barnstorm and the Eagles. In the late 1960s, he was also a member of the critically acclaimed band, James Gang. He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician. Walsh is ranked at the Number 54 spot in the Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Walsh joined the Eagles in 1975 as the group's keyboardist and guitarist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band. The guitar solo on the track Hotel California by Walsh and Don Felder was, in 1998 by Guitarist magazine, selected as the best guitar solo of all time, and again in 1998 by Guitar Magazine at eighth of the Top 100 Guitar Solos.

Walsh began his solo career in 1973. His solo hits include "Rocky Mountain Way", "Life's Been Good", "All Night Long", "A Life of Illusion", "The Confessor", "The Radio Song" and "Ordinary Average Guy".

Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Walsh has been praised by many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin's former guitarist, Jimmy Page who praised Walsh by saying "He has a tremendous feel for the instrument. I've loved his style since the early James Gang." Cream's former guitarist, Eric Clapton said that "He's one of the best guitarists to surface in some time. I don't listen to many records, but I listen to his." The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend commented that "Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There're not many like that around."

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1972 Barnstorm Joe Walsh 3
1973 The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get Joe Walsh 5
1974 So What Joe Walsh 2
1978 "But Seriously, Folks..." Joe Walsh 3
1981 There Goes the Neighborhood Joe Walsh 2
1983 You Bought It—You Name It Joe Walsh 1
1985 The Confessor Joe Walsh 3
1987 Got Any Gum? Joe Walsh 1
1991 Ordinary Average Guy Joe Walsh 1
1992 Songs for a Dying Planet Joe Walsh 2
2012 Analog Man Joe Walsh 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 The Best of Joe Walsh Compilation Joe Walsh 1
1985 Rocky Mountain Way Compilation Joe Walsh 2
1991 Night Riding Compilation Joe Walsh 1
1995 Look What I Did! The Joe Walsh Anthology Compilation Joe Walsh 1
1997 Joe Walsh's Greatest Hits (Little Did He Know…) Compilation Joe Walsh 3 1
1997 The Best of Joe Walsh and the James Gang (1969 - 1974) Compilation Joe Walsh 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Joe Walsh Compilation Joe Walsh 1
2006 The Definitive Collection Compilation Joe Walsh 1
The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get / You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind Compilation Joe Walsh 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1976 You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind Live Joe Walsh 2
1989 Jump the Blues Away Live Albert Collins, Etta James & Joe Walsh 1
Crown Prince of Rock Live in the USA Greatest Hits 1981-1991 Live Joe Walsh 1
Summer '81 Live From Central Park Live Joe Walsh 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1977 Four Tracks From Joe Walsh 1

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