The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. The song is considered the most famous recording by the band, and in its long guitar coda was voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers of Guitarist. Since its release, "Hotel California" has been covered by a number of artists and has become a part of international popular culture. Julia Phillips proposed adapting the song into a film, but the members of the Eagles disliked the idea and it never came to fruition. Commercially, "Hotel California" reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot and reached the top ten of several international charts. A demo of the instrumental was developed by Don Felder   in a rented house on Malibu Beach. He recorded the basic tracks with a Rhythm Ace drum machine and added a 12 string guitar on a four-track recording deck in his spare bedroom, then mixed in a bassline , and gave Don Henley and Glenn Frey each a copy of the recording. The demo he made for "Hotel California" showed influences from Latin and reggae music, and it grabbed the attention of Henley who said he liked the song that "sounds like a Mexican reggae or Bolero",  which gave the song its first working title, "Mexican Reggae". Frey and Henley were both interested in the tune after hearing the demo, and discussed the concept for the lyrics.
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The hit tune was a billboard chart-topper; it sold over 16 million copies in the U. In , the song won a Grammy award for Record of the Year. Glenn Frey was the mastermind behind the song's lyrics. While there have been many theories that contemplate what the song represents, the Eagles' band members have revealed in multiple interviews that the true meaning behind "Hotel California" is a commentary on the hedonism and self-indulgence of America. In , Henley further explained the meaning of the song to Rolling Stone magazine , which placed "Hotel California" at no. According to journalist-turned-director Cameron Crowe , "Hotel California" was almost named something entirely different. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in , and all seven former and present members of the group performed "Hotel California" together on stage. There is a playful nod to the band Steely Dan in the song. The line "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast," is a playful jab to rock band Steely Dan.
Hotel California is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Eagles. It was their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh , who had replaced founding member Bernie Leadon , and is the last album to feature bassist Randy Meisner. A 40th anniversary special edition of Hotel California was released in November Hotel California is one of the best-selling albums of all time. It has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. The first song written for the album was " Hotel California ", which became the theme for the album.
The Eagles on stage, Rotterdam, Photo: Redferns. So, it's interesting that the track itself underwent three different versions before emerging in the form that everyone knows. When we recorded it the third time, that was the charm. The crystal itself was indiscriminately tuned to whatever channel it was on, and at first nothing came through. When Szymczyk joined the Navy at the age of 17 in , he took the requisite audiometer test that, as SONAR was based on pitch perception, judged recruits' likely ability to help locate Russian submarines. Since Szymczyk was among the top five people in this regard, he was assigned to SONAR school, where he also acquired about four years of electronics training in just six months.