Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

Joe Walsh is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: James Gang, Barnstorm, Eagles, the Party Boys, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Walsh was also part of the New Zealand band Herbs. In the 1990s, he was a member of the short-lived supergroup The Best. He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and as a prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists’ recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.


Where is Joe Walsh born?

Recalling his early life, Joseph Fidler Walsh was born in Wichita, Kansas. His mother was a classically trained pianist of Scottish and German ancestry, and Walsh was adopted by his stepfather at the age of five after his biological father was killed in a plane crash.

Walsh and his family lived in Columbus, Ohio, for some years during his youth. When Walsh was twelve years old, his family moved to New York City. Later, Walsh moved to Montclair, New Jersey.

Regarding his education, He attended Montclair High School, where he played oboe in the school band. After high school, Walsh attended Kent State University, where he spent time in various bands playing around the Cleveland area, including the Measles. Later, he dropped out of university to pursue his musical career.

When did Joe Walsh pursue his music career?

  • Talking about his career,  Joe first joined the group the James Gang in 1968. At that time, the James Gang consisted of Walsh on guitar and vocals, Jim Fox on drums, and Tom Kriss on bass in a power trio form. They released their first album, Yer’ Album, in 1969.
  • Afterward, Kriss left the band and was replaced by Dale Peters, creating the most successful incarnation of the James Gang. Walsh’s dynamic and creative playing featuring his famously catchy guitar riffs made the band memorable. Their next two albums, James Gang Rides Again (1970) and Thirds (1971), produced such classics as Funk #49 and Walk Away. While the power trio format worked well for the James Gang, Walsh was beginning to become dissatisfied with its limitations. After the release of James Gang Live in Concert in 1971, Walsh left the band to pursue a solo career.


  • Not quite ready to leave the band format entirely, however, he called himself and his two core backing band members Kenny Passarelli and Joe Vitale “Barnstorm” and released an album of the same name. Passarelli and Vitale would also be the core backing band members for The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get (1973). While the albums were categorized by many as solo efforts, the three men functioned as a unit and even played together on Friends and Legends by Michael Stanley. Even after Barnstorm broke up, Vitale continued to be a collaborator and friend of Walsh. Their most famous collaboration is the magnificent Pretty Maids All in a Row which appeared on the Eagles’ Hotel California (1976).
  • Walsh made a name for himself as a solo artist with the hit Rocky Mountain Way off of The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get (1973). The song was inspired by Walsh’s move to Colorado with his wife Stephanie and small child Emma Kristen. Tragically, Emma was killed in a car accident in 1974 while on her way to nursery school, an event which haunts Walsh to this day. He had a small drinking fountain built in her memory in her favorite park in Boulder, denoted by a simple plaque. His next album, So What (1974), contained a tribute to her entitled Song for Emma. He has said that even the album name was a result of Emma’s death – that nothing else seemed meaningful or important in the months that followed. The strain would eventually contribute to Walsh’s divorce from his second wife Stephanie (Walsh had already been briefly married in the sixties to a lady named Margie).
  • Unable to enjoy Colorado anymore, he moved back to L.A. He released a live album called You Can’t Argue with a Sick Mind in 1976, but by that time he was tired of working alone and was looking for a band to join. He found it in the Eagles, who had just lost their main guitarist Bernie Leadon to creative differences. Once onboard, he helped the Eagles craft their most famous album Hotel California which was released later that year. Adding a more rock-oriented edge to the Eagles in the place of Leadon’s more country-flavored style, his contributions to the guitar work of the title track and the famous riffs of Life in the Fast Lane are especially notable.
  • Walsh’s tenure with the Eagles did not preclude him from releasing more work as a solo artist at the same time. The Eagles’ slow pace making The Long Run (1979) was convenient in this aspect. He had time to release But Seriously Folks (1978) which produced his famous satire on rock stars, Life’s Been Good. He also wrote In the City for the Warriors soundtrack, a song which would later appear on The Long Run.
  • All was not well within the ranks of the Eagles, however. Walsh’s dissatisfaction with the heavy-handedness of Glenn Frey and Don Henley when it came to creative decisions led him to go so far as to discuss forming another band with bassist Randy Meisner and co-lead guitarist Don Felder (his seriousness here is debatable; when Meisner left and tried to pursue the idea, Walsh definitely wanted to stay with the Eagles). Regardless, the discord in the band led to tensions and hostility so pronounced that Henley was to call Walsh an “insidious troublemaker.” The amount of alcohol and drugs circulating didn’t help much either; Walsh had developed a drinking problem that he wouldn’t be able to shake until the nineties, and the amount of money that some of the band members were snorting up their noses would have been enough to buy a small country.
  • It reached the breaking point when Felder and Frey got into a confrontation at a benefit show in 1980. Frey called it quits and the band broke up. Interestingly enough, Walsh seemed to think they were only on hiatus. He told an interviewer in 1981 that they weren’t broken up but we’re just taking a break for solo careers. He stated that the band would no doubt get together again in a bit to record once more. While his hopes were dashed by the official announcement of the Eagles’ breakup in 1982, ironically, he turned out to be right in the long run!
  • In the eighties, Walsh released the solo albums There Goes the Neighborhood (1981), You Bought It – You Name It (1983), The Confessor (1985), and Got Any Gum (1987). He also got married a third time and fathered a daughter, Lucy, who has entered the music business herself as a singer/pianist/songwriter. After that marriage failed, he was involved with Stevie Nicks for a brief period; Stevie wrote “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You” for Walsh.
  • In 1989, he went on tour as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, a collection of former solo musicians that toured together, each one playing a couple of songs. These “all-stars” included musicians like Nils Lofgren and Billy Preston. (He was to tour with the band again in 1992, this time joined by former and future Eagles bandmate Timothy B. Schmit). He also recorded an MTV Unplugged in 1989. Despite these positives, a brief attempt to reunite the Eagles in 1990 failed largely due to Frey’s disapproval of the lifestyles of Walsh as well as Henley, and Walsh became discouraged. By 1991, he was even telling interviewers that he didn’t care about his albums anymore when “promoting” Ordinary Average Guy (1991). His alcoholism was just as bad as ever, if not worse, and it had gotten to the point where he couldn’t even remember the words to his songs half the time in his 1991 concerts opening for the Doobie Brothers. His 1992 album Songs for a Dying Planet quickly slid into obscurity.


  • In 1993, though, things started looking up. Walsh and Frey mended fences and toured together briefly as the “Party of Two.” To this day, the Party of Two occasionally resurfaces for corporate gigs and even a public gig once in a blue moon.
  • Then, the Travis Tritt video for Taking It Easy that same year sparked the famous Hell Freezes Over reunion in 1994. The reunion had a condition that Walsh couldn’t ignore: Frey demanded that everyone be sober. Finally, Walsh was able to kick the habit that had plagued him for so many years. (In 2005, Walsh’s struggle was the inspiration for his song One Day at a Time, and he has appeared at functions to inspire recovering alcoholics many times. Walsh has speculated that his addiction may have been triggered by “self-medicating” for his ADD). The MTV special, album, and tour were wildly successful, thrusting Walsh into the spotlight once again as he proved to audiences that he had not lost it – that he was, in fact, better than ever.
  • The upswing continued when a few years later, Walsh married a fourth time to a lady named Denise. While the marriage is now over, she gave him two sons. Additionally, in 1998, he joined the rest of the Eagles as an inductee into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 he received an honorary doctorate from Kent State University.
  • The Eagles toured off and on from 1999-2006, promoting greatest hits packages and a live DVD called Farewell 1 (2005), before releasing what was to be their last new album.
  • In 2007, they released the long-awaited Long Road Out of Eden. This album included the Walsh/JD Souther song “Last Good Time in Town,” as well as Walsh’s cover of the Frankie Miller song “Guilty of the Crime.” They toured extensively for this as well.
  • Despite the busy schedule of the Eagles, Walsh found time for projects of his own. In 2006, his old band the James Gang reunited for a short tour. Walsh also conducted a brief solo tour in the summer of 2007. On a personal note, he married once again; his current wife is Marjorie Bach, sister-in-law to Ringo Starr. With her encouragement, he released his first solo album in twenty years: Analog Man (2012). He engaged in a tour to promote the album, including filming a special CMT Crossroads, in between Eagles tour stops.
  • In 2013, the Eagles released a documentary called History of the Eagles and toured for two years, playing all over the world. Then, in 2016, Glenn Frey tragically died at the age of 67. Everyone thought the Eagles were finished without their leader and co-founded. Even Don Henley said so.
  • However, Henley changed his mind, and in 2017 Joe Walsh was called upon to join a new Eagles which would now find Glenn’s son Deacon and Vince Gill on stage beside him. How long the band will continue like this remains to be seen.


Who is Joe Walsh married to?

Reflecting his personal life, Joe was married five times in his life. He was married briefly to Margie Walsh in the 1960s, to Stefany Rhodes from 1971 to 1978, to Juanita Boyer from 1980 to 1988, and Denise Driscoll from 1999 to 2006. Walsh married Marjorie Bach in Los Angeles on December 13, 2008. From that marriage, Joe produces four children. At present, Joe seems to be happy with his present wife Marjorie Bach and children. There is no sign of divorce at all.

How much does Joe Walsh earn?

There are conflicting figures about how much the multi-talented singer earns. Although details of his salary are not available online, his net worth is estimated to be $75 million at present.

How tall is Joe Walsh?

Observing his body statistics, Joes stands a height of 5 feet 10½ inches with the green eyes and reddish-brown hair color. His other body information is yet to be disclosed. In the case of disclosed, we will let you know.

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