The full moon is calling
The fever is high
And the wicked wind whispers and moans
You got your demons you got desires
Well I got a few of my own
Welcome to my April A-Z! I’m exploring songs by the fabulous Eagles and today’s feature is “One of These Nights,” written by band members Don Henley and Glenn Frey (RIP) as the title track to their 1975 album. This song became their second single to hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 (“Best of My Love” was the first). The album also reached No. 1.
The single is notably shorter than the album version, which has a longer intro and fade-out. I’ve embedded the longer version here. Henley is lead vocalist on OOTN (and also plays the drums) and Randy Meisner provides harmony. There is also a guitar solo by Don Felder. Bernie Leadon is on guitar, Frey plays piano, and both do backing vocals as well.
I’ve been searching for the daughter of the Devil himself
I’ve been searching for an angel in white
I’ve been waiting for a woman who’s a little of both
And I can feel her but she’s nowhere in sight
The band was trying to get away from the country rock sound they’d become known for, and the result is an energetic, upbeat tune with what Henley calls an edge or a bite. OOTN garnered a favorable reception from music critics, both at Billboard and Cash Box. (Source: Wikipedia.)
E-trivia: Don Felder and Bernie Leadon were both born in 1947 and both of them attended Gainesville High School in Florida. Tom Petty and Stephen Stills also went to Gainesville High School.
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