Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner were backup players for Linda Ronstadt in 1971 when they decided to form their own group. Their early sound was a combination of country music and Surf Rock. Their first album, released in 1972, was a million-seller. Five more albums followed before the band dissolved in 1980. Guitarist-vocalist Don Felder was added in 1974. Joe Walsh replaced Leadon in 1975, and Timothy B. Schmit replaced Randy Meisner in 1977.