How Long (J. D. Souther song)

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"How Long"
Eagles How Long.jpg
Single by Eagles
from the album Long Road Out of Eden
Released August 20, 2007 (U. S.)
Format CD single
Genre Country rock, rock and roll[1]
Length 3:15
Label Lost Highway
Songwriter(s) J. D. Souther
Producer(s) Eagles, Steuart Smith, Richard F. W. Davis, Scott Crago, Bill Szymczyk
Eagles singles chronology
"No More Cloudy Days"
"How Long"
"Busy Being Fabulous"

"No More Cloudy Days"
"How Long"
"Busy Being Fabulous"

"How Long" is an anti-war protest song by American singer-songwriter J. D. Souther. Written in 1971 as a reaction against the Vietnam War, it was originally recorded by Souther for his 1972 debut solo album, John David Souther.[2] It was given a limited release as a promotional 7-inch 45 rpm single in 1972 with Souther's "The Fast One" on the B-side.[3]

The Eagles, longtime friends and collaborators with Souther, frequently performed "How Long" in concert during the early and mid-1970s. In 2007, the band covered the song for their album Long Road Out of Eden, the group's first full studio album since 1979. A year later, their version of the song won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[4] It was the band's first Grammy since 1979.[5]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2007–08) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 76
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 110
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[7] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 7
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 23
US Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard) 38


  1. ^ "The Eagles, 'Long Road Out of Eden'". Billboard. October 29, 2007.
  2. ^ Reno, Jamie (December 2008). "Souther Rises Again". San Diego Magazine: 172.
  3. ^ "How Long"/"The Fast One". Asylum A-11009
  4. ^
  5. ^ Cashmere, Paul (2008-02-11). "Eagles Win First Grammy In 29 Years". Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  6. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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