This Day In Rock - 30th November

November 30, 2015

This Day In Rock - 30th November

The Eagles - Best of My Love b/w Ol' 55, was released today in 1974. This was to become the first of their 5 USA number one records. Written by byDon Henley, Glenn Frey, and J.D. Souther. It was on their On The Border record.

In 2009 J.D. Souther would recall of Best of My Love: Glenn found the tune; the tune I think came from a Fred Neil record... We were working on that album (On the Border) and came to London. The three of us were writing it and were on deadline to get it finished. I don't know where we got the inspiration.

Musically, Glenn Frey recalled: I was playing acoustic guitar one afternoon in Laurel Canyon ( you bloody hippy!), and I was trying to figure out a tuning that Joni Mitchell had shown me a couple of days earlier. I got lost and ended up with the guitar tuning for what would later turn out to be 'The Best of My Love.'

The Eagles had begun working on On the Border at Olympic Studios in London with producer Glyn Johns who had helmed their Eagles debut album and the follow-up Desperado album. Despite the success of their debut album the Eagles had taken umbrage at Johns' predilection for country rock toning down their ownrockabilly aspirations: the Eagles' dissatisfaction with Johns was reinforced by the similarly honed Desperado album which was a comparative failure, and after six weeks in London - which yielded Best of My Love and one other usable track: You Never Cry Like a Lover - the Eagles discontinued working with Johns spending eight weeks touring in Europe and the USA and then completing the recording of On the Border at the Record Plant in their hometown of Los Angeles with Bill Szymczykproducing.

The release of the Eagles' Best of My Love as a single has been attributed to the track's airplay at WKMI-AM in Kalamazoo MI, where radio dj Jim Higgs - also station music & program director - began playing the track off its parent album On the Border soon after that album's release in the spring of 1974, favouring Best of My Love over the official single releases Already Gone and James Dean. Advised by Higgs of the strong positive response of WKMI's listeners to Best of My Love, Asylum Records gave the track a limited single release of 1000 copies available only in the Kalamazoo area, with reaction to this test-release securing the full release of Best of My Love as a single on November 5, 1974.

And let's be honest, it's also a classic Friday night pants off record.


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