James Dean (song)
|Single by Eagles|
|from the album On the Border|
|B-side||"Good Day in Hell"|
|Released||August 14, 1974|
|Genre||Hard rock, rock and roll, rockabilly|
|Writer(s)||Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, J. D. Souther|
|Eagles singles chronology|
"James Dean" is a song written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, and J. D. Souther, and recorded by the American rock band Eagles for their 1974 album On the Border. It was the second single released from this album, reaching number 77 on the U.S. pop singles chart.
The song is about American actor and cultural icon James Dean (1931–1955) who starred in such films as Rebel Without a Cause, Giant and East of Eden. The lyrics, "too fast to live, too young to die" refer to the life and abrupt death of Dean in a car crash in 1955. Bernie Leadon played the guitar solo.
"James Dean" was first written as for an album originally intended to have a theme on anti-heroes. According to Glenn Frey, he together with Don Henley, Jackson Browne, and J. D. Souther were jamming together after attending a Tim Hardin show at the Troubadour in 1972, and they came up the idea about doing an album about anti-heroes. From this came the songs "Doolin-Dalton" and "James Dean". The album however evolved into a wild-west themed album Desperado which was released in 1973, and "James Dean" was shelved. When recording began for On the Border, the song was immediately pulled off the shelf and completed. The song was written mostly by Jackson Browne according to Henley.
- Glenn Frey – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
- Don Henley – drums, background vocals
- Bernie Leadon – lead guitar and rhythm guitar, background vocals
- Randy Meisner – bass, background vocals
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||56|
|US Billboard Hot 100||77|
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