Who was Joe Walsh, and what did he contribute to music?

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Joe Walsh is a notable, some might say legendary, rock guitarist. Born on November 20, 1947, Walsh has been part of many acts and bands, but his most commercially successful work has been with the American band the Eagles.

While the Eagles had been successful since 1972, the addition of Walsh in 1975 led to their most popular album, Hotel California. Hotel California would go on to outsell the first four Eagles’ albums combined. Walsh’s guitar work on the title track received considerable acclaim.

Walsh’s best known solo song is “Life’s Been Good,” from the album But Seriously Folks. The song is a humorous look at the excessive, maniacal lifestyle of a rock star.

Walsh appears on the Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 guitarists of all time, at number 54. Guitarist magazine ranks his solo (along with bandmate Don Felder) on "Hotel California" as the best guitar solo of all time. 

laurto | Student

Joe Walsh is an American musician, most famous for being a member of the Eagles and Barnstorm. He is considered one of the best guitarists of all time, according to the Rolling Stone magazine. 

CaitlynnReeves | Student

Joe Walsh is a famous American guitarist. He got his start in a solo career with hits such as Rocky Mountain Way. 

Later he joined the already notable rock group The Eagles in 1975. He was heavily involved in the writing of the guitar solo in their chart topping song Hotel California. 

After The Eagles broke up in 1982 he continued his solo career.