Bernie Leadon, singer, guitarist (Flying Burrito Brothers, Eagles)
Guitarist ~ Singer
Flying Burrito Brothers ~ Eagles
birth name: Bernard Mathew Leadon, III

Bernie Leadon

July 19, 1947, Minneapolis, MN

Original Eagles member Bernie Leadon was perhaps the group's most underrated and valuable player from 1972 through 1975, as he alternated between vocals, guitar (acoustic, electric, and pedal steel), banjo, and mandolin, in addition to lending a hand with songwriting. […] Leadon appreciated rock & roll, but his true love lay in country music, as he began playing in a California bluegrass outfit in 1962, the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers. ~ Allmusic: Bernie Leadon ~ retrieved January 22, 2014 © Allmusic

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July 19, 1980 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Elton John, Little Jeannie ~ #2 (7) Olivia Newton-John, Magic ~ #1 (2) Billy Joel, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me


As a Session musician, guest or band member

Gram Parsons ~ Grievous Angel (1974) ~ Named one of the Vivascene Top 10 Country Albums Every Music Fan Should Own in 2014 ~ There is more feeling and passion in this album than in any dozen contemporary recordings of country music and when one contemplates what the music world lost with the untimely passing of Gram Parsons in his mid-twenties, it’s enough to bring one to tears. ~ 2014 © Vivascene

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Nowadays, bands featuring Country Rock fusion are commonplace but when Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman left The Byrds to form the Flying Burrito Brothers, the music they created really did not create much of a following; although it did within music circles. Fans included Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones; the latter borrowing a lot of the Country Rock style in later work. ~ Not In Hall Of Fame: Flying Burrito Brothers ~ retrieved March 23, 2014 © Not In Hall Of Fame

The Flying Burrito Brothers ~ The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969) ~ #289 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

The Flying Burrito Brothers ~ The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969) ~ Ranked #192 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ A hugely influential country-rock statement - concocted by ex-Byrds Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman - of L.A. hillbilly anthems, God-fearing hippie soul and achingly beautiful two-part harmonies. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Eagles

some band info might not apply to Bernie Leadon, who left in 1976

In 1971, fellow future country-rock superstar Linda Ronstadt was seeking a backing band and, on the advice of Souther, her boyfriend, hired Frey along with his friend, drummer Don Henley. On the night of their first show with Ronstadt, the ambitious and driven pair decided to form their own band and later recruited ex-Poco bassist Randy Meisner and former Burritos guitarist Bernie Leadon. The Eagles became one of the first artists signed to David Geffen's then-new label, Asylum. The group was an instant success, riding on the back of its first single, Take It Easy - a song written almost entirely by Jackson Browne, with some lyrics added by Frey. ~ Billboard: Glenn Frey Obituary ~ January 18, 2016 © Billboard

The Eagles ~ Inducted in the 2001 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

The Eagles ~ Hotel California (1976) ~ #82 Entertainment Weekly 100 Greatest Albums in 1993.

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