22nd Feb 1977 saw the Eagles release Hotel California, the title track from the album of the same name.
Written by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, its long guitar coda was voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers of Guitarist in 1998.
The lyrics of the song have been interpreted by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves describing the song as their interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about “a journey from innocence to experience … that’s all”.
The Eagles have performed Hotel California 1,038 times live, the third most out of all their songs, after Desperado and Take it Easy.
The song was awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978.
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