Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It’s another tequila sunrise
This old world still looks the same
Welcome to my April A-Z! I’m exploring songs by the fabulous Eagles and today’s feature is “Tequila Sunrise,” a gorgeous track on their second album Desperado (1973). The song was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, and it was the first single released from the album. According to Frey, they decided to collaborate on their second album, unlike the first, and finished the song quickly. They liked the idea of a “shot” of courage coming from the tequila sunrise idea ~ Henley said that often they needed a drink or two before working up the nerve to approach the ladies. Frey sings lead vocals on this one, while Henley is on drums and maracas. Randy Meisner plays bass and Bernie Leadon is on electric and acoustic guitars. Henley, Meisner, and Leadon all sing background vocals as well. The song peaked at No. 64 on Billboard Hot 100. (Source of info is Wikipedia.) “Tequila Sunrise” is one of my favorites from them (pretty much all their songs are my favorites though!).
You may have noticed that I share studio versions of songs when I can for your listening pleasure. That’s because I prefer them to live recordings full of background noise from the audience.
E-trivia: Glenn Frey (RIP) was born in Detroit, Michigan and, similar to Don Henley, formed a band in high school. It was called the Subterraneans after the Jack Kerouac novel. Fellow Michigander Bob Seger took an interest in Frey’s music and helped him get a management and recording contract. Frey sang on a few of Seger’s songs as well.
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