How Joe Walsh Joined the Eagles–and the Solo Song That Earned Him the Spot

Bernie Leadon helped create Eagles hits like "Witchy Woman," but left due to inability to adapt to the band's changing direction.

Joe Walsh, renowned for his solo career, caught Glenn Frey's attention with "Rocky Mountain Way," fitting the Eagles' envisioned sound.

Leadon's dissatisfaction with the band's touring and musical direction led to his departure, paving the way for Walsh's entry.

Frey, resentful of Leadon's disconnect, began considering Walsh as his replacement, impressed by his solo performances of "Rocky Mountain Way."

Walsh's inclusion during Eagles encores with "Rocky Mountain Way" solidified his spot, eventually replacing Leadon permanently.