The "Eagles" were formed in Los Angeles, California during the early years of the 1970's. The group settled on the name "Eagles" as a compliment to "The Byrds." As comedian Steve Martin writes in his autobiography, Born Standing Up, that Glenn Frey was very particular that the group's name was "Eagles" and not "The Eagles."
With five number one singles and six number one albums to their credit, the "Eagles" were among the most commercially successful recording groups of the decade. At the close of the 20th century, two of their albums, Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 and Hotel California, ranked among the ten best-selling albums according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Their best-selling studio album Hotel California is ranks 37th in the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In addition, they were ranked number 75 on the magazine's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The "Eagles" also have the best selling album in the U.S. to date with Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975.
The Eagles went their separate ways in 1980, but decided to reunite during 1994 for Hell Freezes Over, a mix of live and new studio material. They have toured off and on since that time, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2007, the Eagles released Long Road out of Eden, their first full studio album in 28 years.