New Kid in Town
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|"New Kid in Town"|
|Single by Eagles|
|from the album Hotel California|
|B-side||"Victim Of Love"|
|Released||December 7, 1976|
|Length||5:04 (Album Version); 4:49 (Single Version)|
|Writer(s)||Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther|
|Eagles singles chronology|
"New Kid in Town", written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, is a song by the Eagles, from their 1976 album Hotel California. Released as the first single from the album, the song became a No. 1 hit in the USA, and No. 20 in the UK. The single version has an earlier fade-out than the album version. On 26 February 1977, it reached the Billboard No. 1. The song features Glenn Frey singing the lead vocals, with Don Henley singing main harmony vocals. Randy Meisner plays the guitarrón mexicano, and Joe Walsh plays the electric piano and organ parts.
Eagles' biographer Marc Eliot states that "New Kid in Town" captures "a precise and spectacular moment immediately familiar to any gut who's ever felt the pain, jealousy, insecurity, rage and heartbreak of the moment he discovers his girlfriend likes someone better and has moves on." He also suggests that it captures a more abstract theme of "the fickle nature of both the muse and the masses."
In the liner notes of The Very Best Of, Don Henley talked about the song's meaning:
|“||It's about the fleeting, fickle nature of love and romance. It's also about the fleeting nature of fame, especially in the music business. We were basically saying, 'Look, we know we're red hot right now but we also know that somebody's going to come along and replace us — both in music and in love.'||”|
- Glenn Frey: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Don Henley: Drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Don Felder: Lead guitar
- Joe Walsh: Electric piano, organ
- Randy Meisner: Guitarrone, backing vocals
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||43|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||12|
|U.K. Singles Chart||20|
|Netherlands Top 40||9|
- United States country singer Trisha Yearwood covered the song on the 1993 album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles.
- Swedish pop and country singer Kikki Danielsson covered the song on her 2006 album I dag & i morgon.
- Finnish group Cumulus covered the song in 1977 with the Swedish title "En främling i stan" (A stranger in town)
- French country singer Dick Rivers covered the song on his 1979 album De Luxe, with the French title "Le dernier d'la classe" (The last of the class).
- "Liner Notes - Hotel California (The Eagles)". Glennfreyonline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- Eliot, M. (2004). To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles. Da Capo Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780306813986.
- The Very Best Of (CD). Eagles. Warner Music Group. 2003. R2 73971.
- "Past Winners Search: Glen Frey". grammy.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
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