Joe Walsh

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Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: James Gang, Barnstorm, Eagles, The Party Boys, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In the 1990s, he was also a member of the short-lived supergroup The Best. He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists' recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the number 54 spot on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

In the mid-1960s, after attending Kent State University, Walsh played with several local Ohio-based bands before reaching a national audience as a member of the James Gang, whose hit song "Funk #49" highlighted his skill as both a guitarist and vocalist. After the James Gang broke up in 1972, he formed Barnstorm with Joe Vitale, a college friend from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado, where Walsh had moved after leaving Ohio. While the band stayed together for three albums over three years, its works were marketed as Walsh solo projects. The last Barnstorm album, 1974's So What contained significant guest contributions from several members of the Eagles, a group that had recently hired Walsh's producer, Bill Szymczyk.

At Szymczyk's suggestion, 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. In 1998 a reader's poll conducted by Guitarist magazine selected the guitar solos on the track "Hotel California" by he and Don Felder as the best guitar solos of all time. Guitar World magazine listed it at eighth of the Top 100 Guitar Solos.

Besides his work with his several bands, he has released twelve solo studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums. His solo hits include "Rocky Mountain Way", "Life's Been Good", "All Night Long", "A Life of Illusion" and "Ordinary Average Guy".

As a member of the Eagles, Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Eagles are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, and they remain the best-selling American band in the history of popular music. His creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, who said, "He has a tremendous feel for the instrument. I've loved his style since the early James Gang." 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, said "Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There're not many like that around."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Barnstorm Joe Walsh 3
1973 The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get Joe Walsh 5 6
1974 So What Joe Walsh 3 3
1978 “But Seriously, Folks…” Joe Walsh 3
1981 There Goes the Neighborhood Joe Walsh 3
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 3
2012 Analog Man Joe Walsh 4
2015 All Night Long Joe Walsh 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 The Best of Joe Walsh Joe Walsh 2
1985 Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh 5 2
1991 Night Riding Joe Walsh 1
1995 Look What I Did! The Joe Walsh Anthology Joe Walsh 1
1997 Joe Walsh's Greatest Hits (Little Did He Know…) Joe Walsh 3 1
1997 The Best of Joe Walsh and the James Gang (1969 - 1974) Joe Walsh 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Joe Walsh Joe Walsh 1
2006 The Definitive Collection Joe Walsh 1
The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get / You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind Joe Walsh 1

Album + Live

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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Life’s Been Good Joe Walsh 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Four Tracks From Joe Walsh 1

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