The band formed in 1971 when Linda Ronstadt's then-manager, John Boylan,
extracted Frey, Leadon, and Meisner from their affiliations. They were short a
drummer until Frey phoned Henley, whom he had met at the Troubadour in
Los Angeles. The band backed up Ronstadt on a two-month tour, then
decided to form their own band, The Eagles.
Their first album, The Eagles, was filled with pure, sometimes
innocent country rock; their second, Desperado, was themed on Old West
outlaws and introduced the group's penchant for conceptual songwriting.
To record their third album, On the Border, the group selected
producer Glyn Johns, who previously worked with Led Zeppelin, The Rolling
Stones, and The Who