Don Felder

During the Eagles' most commercially successful period (the late '70s), the press seemed transfixed on Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, rather than the mysterious man in the background, guitarist Don Felder. But in addition to the group's trademark vocal harmonies, it was Felder's guitar harmonies that proved to be an important ingredient to the Eagles' sound (not to mention composing all of the music to one of rock's all-time greatest tracks, "Hotel California," including its epic guitar solo). Additionally, Felder was one of the group's longest-standing members (second only to founders Henley and Frey), before his abrupt ousting from the Eagles in the early 21st century. Born on September 21, 1947 in Gainesville, FL, Felder discovered rock & roll via an Elvis Presley TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, which led to Felder picking up the guitar by the age of 11. Throughout his teenage years, Felder played in various groups (including the Continentals, which at separate times, also featured Stephen Stills and future Eagles bandmate Bernie Leadon).

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