They formed in Los Angeles after converging there from four different places and going to work for another transplant: Linda Ronstadt. Don Henley (from Texas) and Glenn Frey (from Michigan) joined Ronstadt's touring band in 1971 and played on her third solo album in 1972 along with Randy Meisner (from Nebraska) and Bernie Leadon (from San Diego). With Ronstadt's blessing, they formed the Eagles in 1972 and quickly became more popular than she was. Ronstadt's career really took off in 1975; for the rest of the decade, she and the Eagles were two of the biggest American acts.
In America, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, according to the RIAA, which certified it at 38 million units in 2018, five million ahead of Michael Jackson's Thriller.
They were the first band to charge over $100 for arena shows. They did it on their 1994 Hell Freezes Over tour, and when fans paid the price, other acts like The Rolling Stones followed suit.
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