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
Format 7"
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 5:04 (Album Version); 4:49 (Single Version)
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Eagles singles chronology
"Take It to the Limit"
"New Kid in Town"
"Hotel California"

"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.[2]

Eagles' biographer Marc Eliot states that "New Kid in Town" captures "a precise and spectacular moment immediately familiar to any guy who's ever felt the pain, jealousy, insecurity, rage and heartbreak of the moment he discovers his girlfriend likes someone better and has moved on."[3] He also suggests that it captures a more abstract theme of "the fickle nature of both the muse and the masses."[3]

In the liner notes of The Very Best Of, Don Henley talked about the song's meaning:

In 1977, the Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement for Voices with "New Kid in Town".[5]

On Henley's first solo album, I Can't Stand Still, he references the song by singing the line, "there's a new kid in town" over the rideout of "Johnny Can't Read".


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  1. ^ Masley, Ed (September 30, 2014). "10/1: 5 essential Eagles albums- 'Hotel to 'Border'". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Liner Notes - Hotel California (The Eagles)". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ a b Eliot, M. (2004). To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles. Da Capo Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780306813986. 
  4. ^ The Very Best Of (CD). Eagles. Warner Music Group. 2003. R2 73971. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners Search: Glen Frey". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
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Preceded by
"Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 26, 1977
Succeeded by
"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" by Barbra Streisand