Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Joe Walsh celebrates his birthday today! The musician is known for his work with The Eagles, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, James Gang and the music he’s made in his solo career. Life’s been good to Walsh so far and he’s been good to us with the many classic hits he’s delivered.
Here’s a list of 10 great songs (in no particular order) to celebrate Joe Walsh’s birthday!
Life’s Been Good (1978) – What’s it like to be a spoiled famous rockstar? Joe Walsh pokes fun at the lifestyle in this humorous song that details a mansion that’s never been lived in and driving WAY to fast in a Maserati!
In the City (1979) – A great track by Joe Walsh that would later be recorded with The Eagles, Walsh wrote this song for the classic 1979 film, The Warriors‘ soundtrack. The song would POP up in other aspects of pop culture, making appearances in adult cartoons, The Simpsons and Rick and Morty.
A Life of Illusion (1981) – Making it’s way into the 2005 movie The 40 Year Old Virgin, the 2010 movie Grown Ups and in an episode of CSI: Miami, “A Life of Illusion” is a Walsh solo song that is, thankfully, no illusion!
Life in the Fast Lane (1977) – This Eagles song written and sung by Joe Walsh details a couple’s wild time in the fast lane. The Classic Hit single for the album, Hotel California, the song actually found life after Walsh was just riffing on his guitar during a warm up with the band.
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1976) –
Guilty of the Crime (2007) – From the album, Long Road Out of Eden, Walsh provides lead vocals to this remake of a Bellamy Brothers song from 1997.
One Day At A Time (2012) – A late entry from Joe Walsh’s solo career, the song steers away from partying and focuses more on a time of recovery for Walsh as he keeps going one day at a time.
All Night Long (1980) – You may remember this track from the soundtrack of the 1980 film, Urban Cowboy. The song released as a single before finding it’s way onto Eagles collection releases.
Rocky Mountain Way (1973) – Walsh wrote this rocking song after he left the band, James Gang. The song reflects his feelings on making this big move that would change his life forever.
The Sad Café (1979) – A writing collab between Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J. D. Souther and Walsh, this final song on the Eagles Album, The Long Run, has become a staple of live shows the band performs. It spawned from experiences the band had at the Troubadour in Los Angeles; spending time singing and hanging out there late into the night. Actually, quite a few Eagles songs were inspired by encounters and events at the Troubadour, so you can thank this music club for that!