Monday, December 15, 1980

Eagles “Seven Bridges Road” released

Seven Bridges Road (live)


Writer(s): Steve Young (see lyrics here)

Released: December 15, 1980

First Charted: December 20, 1980

Peak: 21 US, 27 CB, 31 HR, 18 RR, 17 AC, 55 CW, 7 CL, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 7.7 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

American musician Steve Young wrote and recorded “Seven Bridges Road” in 1969 for his Rock Salt & Nails album. It refers to Woodley Road, a rural two-lane road in Montgomery, Alabama. The road features three pairs of wooden bridges and a seventh about a mile south. Young described the area as almost like an old Disney scene or something, with these high bank dirt roads and trees hanging down, old cemeteries, and so on.” WK His friend, Jimmy Evans, said, “I thought it was the most beautiful place around Montgomery that I’d ever seen.” WK

Evans also shared that Young wrote the song one night when there was a full moon and they were driving around in Evans’ Oldsmobile. They got out and sat there a while and Young started writing down the words. WK

Young said, “I still don’t understand why it was so successful…I [just] wrote a song about a girl and a road in south Alabama” WK where he and his friends used to go “carousing around.” WK

British singer Iain Matthews recorded “Road” as a multi-part harmony song for his August 1973 album Valley Hi. Producer Michael Nesmith says the Eagles lifted their “arrangement absolutely note for note for vocal harmony” WK when they recorded it for their 1980 Eagles Live concert album. The Eagles’ Don Felder says the group would warm up before concerts by singing the song in the locker room. Then they started opening concerts with it and, as he says, the five members singing a capella into one microphone blew audiences away. WK


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