Happy Birthday Joe Walsh
Posted 11/20/2012 10:00:00 AM

Joe Walsh’s Birthday – November 20th, 1947


Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday Joe Walsh! Rolling Stone has him as the 54th best guitarist in history; too high or too low?
  • Let’s all wish Joe Walsh a Happy Birthday! What is your favorite Joe Walsh project? Solo, Eagles, James Gang?
  • Today is Joe Walsh’s 65th Birthday! Should he “Take it Easy” and retire? Or continue to live “Life in the Fast Lane” and keep rockin’?

Fast Facts

  • Born Joseph Fidler Walsh on November 20th, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas
  • While attending Kent State University in 1968, he joined The James Gang as the guitarist
  • Walsh left The James Gang after their 1971 release, James Gang Live in Concert, to pursue a solo career
  • He found success with the hit “Rocky Mountain Way” off of the album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
  • In1976 he joined the Eagles who then released Hotel California
  • In 1979 he announced his campaign for President of the United States, promising free gas for everyone if he won
  • The Eagles split in 1980 but didn’t make it official until 1982
  • In 1989, he went on tour as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band
  • The Eagles reunited in 1994 to record and produce Hell Freezes Over
  • In 1998, Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles
  • In 2012, he performed at the Grammy’s with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl
  • Walsh is #54 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitar Players
  • Guitarist Magazine named his and Don Felder’s guitar solo in “Hotel California” the greatest in history

Personal Life

  • He is currently married to Ringo Sarr’s sister-in law, Marjorie Bach (December 12, 2008 - present)
  • Married Denise Driscoll on  May 15th, 1999. The two divorced in 2006 after having 2 children
  • Married Juanita Boyer on April 10th, 1980 and divorced in 1988) after having 1 child
  • His daughter, Emma, was killed in a car accident in 1974, on her way to nursery school
  • Married Stephanie Walsh in 1971 and divorced in 1978 after having a baby girl, Emma

Discography (Solo)

  • So What, December 17th, 1974
  • You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind, March 25th, 1976
  • But Seriously Folks, May 16th, 1978
  • There Goes The Neighborhood, March 10th, 1981
  • You Bought it – You Name it, May 21st, 1983
  • The Confessor, May 21st, 1985
  • Got Any Gum?, October 29th, 1987
  • Ordinary Average Guy, April 23rd, 1991
  • Song for a Dying Planet, May 21st, 1992
  • Analog Man, June 5th, 2012

Discography (Eagles)

  • Hotel California, 1976
  • The Long Run, 1979
  • Eagles Live, 1980
  • Hell Freezes Over, 1994
  • Long Road Out of Eden, 2007

Discography (James Gang)

  • Yer’ Album, 1969
  • James Gang Rides Again, 1970
  • Thirds, 1971
  • James Gang Live in Concert, 1971

Discography (Barnstorm (Solo))

  • Barnstorm, 1972
  • The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, 1973

Billboard Hot 100 (Solo)

  • July 16th, 1983, “Space Age Whiz Kids”, peaked at #52, on the chart for 8 weeks
  • July 11th, 1981, “A Life of Illusion”, peaked at #34, on the chart for 12 weeks
  • July 26th, 1980, “All Night Long”, peaked at #19, on the chart for 16 weeks
  • August 12th, 1978, “Life’s Been Good”, peaked at #15, on the chart for 12 weeks
  • March 8th, 1978, “Turn to Stone”, peaked at #93, on the chart for 3 weeks
  • January 26th, 1974, “Meadows”, peaked at #89
  • October 20th, 1973, “Rocky Mountain Way”, peaked at #23

Billboard Top 200 (Solo)

  • June 23rd, 2012, Analog Man, peaked at #12, on the chart for 8 weeks
  • June 29th, 1991, Ordinary Average Guy, peaked at #112, on the chart for 17 weeks
  • August 15th, 1987, Got Any Gum?, peaked at #113, on the chart for 8 weeks
  • June 29th, 1985, The Confessor, peaked at #65, on the chart for 12 weeks

RIAA (Solo)

  • August 7th, 1978, But Seriously, Folks, certified Platinum
  • January 14th, 1975, So What, certified Gold



Check out his top 10 songs at Ultimate Classic Rock

Posted By: Pierre Robert  

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