Joe Walsh was born on November 20, 1947, and is a legendary American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter with a checkered seven-decade career. He had been a member of successful bands like the James Gang, the Eagles, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. He was also with the Herbs band from New Zealand, along with The Best. He had also been a successful solo artist and a productive session musician. He was named one of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ by “Rolling Stone” in 2011. His most iconic track was ‘Hotel California’ with the Eagles. He became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. We will help you celebrate his birthday right here.
Joseph Fidler Walsh
The Crown Prince of Rock, Average Joe
November 20, 1947
Joseph Fidler Walsh was born on November 20, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas. He was born to Lt. Robert Newton Fidler, a flight instructor for the U.S. Air Force who died in a plane crash in 1949. His mother was a classical pianist. He was adopted at five years old by his stepfather and given the surname, although he kept Fidler as his middle name. He lived for several years in Columbus, Ohio, and then moved to New York City. He also went to Montclair, New Jersey, where he attended Montclair High School and played oboe. He got his first guitar at 10 years old. He began his career by replacing Bruce Hoffman as the bass player in the Nomads. After high school, he went to Kent State University, where he played for several bands. He majored in English and minored in music. He eventually dropped out of college to pursue music full-time.
He played for The Measles between 1965 and 1967 and then for James Gang between 1968 and 1971. Their debut album, “Yer’ Album,” came out in 1969. He also played for Barnstorm from 1971 to 1975, shifting to Colorado. He joined the Eagles in 1975, replacing Bernie Leadon. The fifth studio album, “Hotel California,” was released in 1976 and was a success globally. The ‘Hotel California’ song topped all charts by May 1977 and became one of the band’s most iconic songs. The album “Life in the Fast Lane,” released in 1977, with a riff by Walsh, became a success and was followed by “The Long Run” in 1979. Walsh’s first solo album was “So What” in 1974. His live album, “You Can’t Argue with a Sick Mind,” was released in 1976. In 1978, “But Seriously, Folks” marked his career high. One of his most popular songs was ‘A Life of Illusion.’ His last album was “Songs for a Dying Planet” in 1992, although he later released a solo album, “One Day at a Time,” in 2012. The Eagles came together again in 1994 for a performance and subsequent tour along with “Hell Freezes Over,” which had several successful tracks. They performed again in 1999 and 2001, with several recordings released. Their “The Very Best Of” was released in 2003, while the tour line-up was released in 2005, titled “Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne,” with two new tracks. The group’s album “Long Road Out of Eden” came out in 2007 and then a world tour was launched in 2008.
Walsh has performed in several concerts to raise money for charitable causes. He also funded a scholarship at Kent State University in 2008. He has been active in conserving Santa Cruz Island. He has been married five times, namely to Margie Walsh, Stefanie Rhodes, Juanita Boyer, Denise Driscoll, and currently to Marjorie Bach (sister of Barbara Bach and sister-in-law to Ringo Starr) in 2008. His daughter, Lucy Walsh, is a musician. Emma Kristen, his eldest daughter, died at three years old due to an automobile accident.
Walsh joins his second and most iconic band, the Eagles.
Walsh becomes a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles.
As part of the Eagles, Walsh is inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Walsh receives this honor from “Rolling Stone,” ranking 54th.
Why We Love Joe Walsh
His talent is indisputable
Walsh is known globally for his incredible talent as a guitarist and vocalist. He’s been in the music industry for more than 50 years.
He is part of our growing-up years
He is behind several tracks, both with the Eagles and as a solo artist. Some of them have become signature songs for several generations.
He has always worked for good causes
From conserving an island to raising money for several causes, Walsh has always been active in this department. He founded VetsAid, a nonprofit organization and benefit festival that he started in honor of all the veterans in the U.S.
5 Surprising Facts
He has numerous diseases
Being an addict and alcoholic, Walsh has several diseases, including Asperger’s Syndrome, O.C.D., and attention-deficit disorder.
He had an affair with Stevie Nicks
He fell in love with Nicks, who had broken up with Don Henley, and they were together all through 1983 to 1986.
He married five times
He has been married five times, with the current one in 2008 to Bach.
He is now related to Ringo Starr
He married Bach in 2008, who is the sister-in-law of Ringo Starr.
He was once interested in ham radio
At 12 years old, he was interested in ham radio and began his own amateur station called WB6ACU.
Joe Walsh FAQs
What disease does Joe Walsh have?
Walsh suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, along with attention-deficit disorder.
Was Joe Walsh married to Stevie Nicks?
No, they were not married but had a relationship for several years.
How many times has Joe Walsh been married?
He has been married five times, the most recent being in 2008.
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