Best of My Love (Eagles song)

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"Best of My Love"
Single by Eagles
from the album On the Border
B-side "Ol' '55"
Released November 5, 1974
Format 7"
Recorded Olympic Sound Studios, London
Genre Soft rock, country rock, folk rock
Length

3:25 (AM Radio Edit)

4:34 (Album Version)
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
Producer(s) Glyn Johns
Eagles singles chronology
"James Dean"
(1974)
"Best of My Love"
(1974)
"One of These Nights"
(1975)

"Best of My Love" is a song written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and J.D. Souther. It was originally recorded by the Eagles (with Henley singing lead vocals), and included on their 1974 album On the Border. The band's first Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in March 1975, the song also topped the easy listening (adult contemporary) chart for one week a month earlier.[1] Billboard ranked it as the No. 12 song for 1975.[2]

Background[edit]

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."[3] 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 own rockabilly 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 with Bill Szymczyk producing.[4]

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, favoring "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.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

"Best of My Love"
Song by Brooks & Dunn from the album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles
Released October 12, 1993
Genre Country
Length 4:38
Label Giant
Writer Don Henley
Glenn Frey
J.D. Souther
Producer Don Cook
Scott Hendricks
Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles track listing
"Already Gone"
(Tanya Tucker)
(11)
"Best of My Love"
(12)
"The Sad Café"
(Lorrie Morgan)
(13)

Prior to the release of the Eagles version as a single, John Lees released his version of "Best of My Love" as a single in 1974. Another early cover was by Tanya Tucker recorded in 1974 in her final sessions for Columbia Records; her version was first issued on the You Are So Beautiful album in June 1977. "Best of My Love" has also been recorded by Yvonne Elliman on her 1975 album Rising Sun; by La Costa on her 1976 album Lovin' Somebody; by reggae group Aswad on their 1990 album, Too Wicked; and by Rod Stewart on his 2006 album Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time. Brooks & Dunn remade "Best of My Love" for the Eagles tribute album, Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 84. 
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1975
  3. ^ "Acoustic Strom Interviews - J.D. Souther". AcousticStorm.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Felder, Don (2008). Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974–2001). Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons. p. 106. ISBN 978-0470450420. 
  5. ^ "Kalamazoo DJ to meet the Eagles almost 4 decades after helping band get #1 hit". MLive.com. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
Preceded by
"Morning Side of the Mountain" by Donny and Marie Osmond
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
February 1, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Sweet Surrender" by John Denver
Preceded by
"Pick Up the Pieces" by The Average White Band
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
March 1, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Have You Never Been Mellow" by Olivia Newton-John
Preceded by
"Mandy" by Barry Manilow
Canadian RPM number-one single
March 1, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Have You Never Been Mellow" by Olivia Newton-John