Tequila Sunrise (song)

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"Tequila Sunrise"
Single by Eagles
from the album Desperado
B-side "Twenty-One"
Released April 17, 1973
Format 7"
Genre Soft rock,[1] country rock
Length 2:52
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Producer(s) Glyn Johns, Eagles
Eagles singles chronology
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Outlaw Man"

"Tequila Sunrise" is a 1973 song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, and recorded by the Eagles. It was the first single from the band's second album Desperado.[2] The song peaked at number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A cover version was recorded by country music singer Alan Jackson on the 1993 tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles. It peaked at number 64 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[3]


Glenn Frey and Don Henley did not write songs together for their debut album Eagles, and they decided that they should collaborate after they had finished recording the debut album. According to Frey, he was lying on a couch playing the guitar, and came up with a guitar riff he described as "kinda Roy Orbison, kinda Mexican". He showed Henley the guitar riff and said: "Maybe we should write something to this."[4] The title refers to a cocktail named Tequila Sunrise that was then popular. In the liner notes of 2003's The Very Best Of, Don Henley had this to say about the song:

According to Glenn Frey, the song was written in the same week as "Desperado" and was finished fairly quickly. Henley said that Frey came up with changes for the bridge, and that "take another shot of courage" refers to tequila because they used to call it "instant courage." He said: "We very much wanted to talk to the ladies, but we often didn’t have the nerve, so we’d drink a couple of shots and suddenly it was, "Howdy, ma’am.""[6]



Chart (1975) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 68
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[8] 81
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 64
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 26


  1. ^ Horn, David; Shepherd, John, eds. (2012). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. 8 – Genres: North America. Continuum. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-4411-6078-2. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Desperado review". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
  4. ^ History of the Eagles. 2013. Event occurs at 48:30–49:00. 
  5. ^ The Very Best Of (CD). Eagles. Warner Music Group. 2003. R2 73971. 
  6. ^ Cameron Crowe (August 2003). "Conversations With Don Henley and Glenn Frey". The Uncool. 
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4898." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 4874." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  9. ^ "Eagles – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Eagles.
  10. ^ "Eagles – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Eagles.

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