The Eagles first met as four backing musicians when playing for Linda Rondstadt in the Spring of 1971, forming their own band after working with the singer. Their self-titled debut album was released the next year and was an instant breakthrough success, producing three top 40 singles. Hot on its heels came Desperado, their first stab at a concept album, themed around outlaws from the Wild West. Henley and Frey emerged as the leaders of the group, co-writing much of the album and leading the way to a break from country music for their next release On The Border and fourth album One Of These Nights. Next came Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) which went on to become the best selling album of all time in the States and, riding the crest of a wave, 1976's Hotel California was released and certified platinum in just one week. Despite further line-up changes, the Eagles went from strength to strength with The Long Run and Eagles Live. In 1982 their break up was announced and all went on to work on other projects. After twelve years apart however, the Eagles reformed to release multi-million selling Hell Freezes Over in 1996. Felder was later expelled from the group, who soldiered on as a foursome once more and Long Road Out Of Eden hit the airwaves in 2007, as ever, to huge critical acclaim.