New Kid in Town

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"New Kid in Town"

Single by Eagles
from the album Hotel California
B-side"Victim Of Love"
ReleasedDecember 7, 1976
Format7"
GenreCountry rock, soft rock
Length5:04 (Album Version); 4:49 (Single Version)
LabelAsylum
Writer(s)Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
ProducerBill Szymczyk
Eagles singles chronology
"Take It to the Limit"
(1975)
"New Kid in Town"
(1976)
"Hotel California"
(1977)
 
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"New Kid in Town"

Single by Eagles
from the album Hotel California
B-side"Victim Of Love"
ReleasedDecember 7, 1976
Format7"
GenreCountry rock, soft rock
Length5:04 (Album Version); 4:49 (Single Version)
LabelAsylum
Writer(s)Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
ProducerBill Szymczyk
Eagles singles chronology
"Take It to the Limit"
(1975)
"New Kid in Town"
(1976)
"Hotel California"
(1977)

"New Kid in Town", written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, is a song by the Eagles, from their 1976 album Hotel California. Released as the first single from the album, the song became a No. 1 hit in the USA, and No. 20 in the UK. The single version has an earlier fade-out than the album version. On 26 February 1977, it reached the Billboard No. 1. The song features Glenn Frey singing the lead vocals, with Don Henley singing main harmony vocals. Randy Meisner plays the guitarrón mexicano, and Joe Walsh plays the electric piano and organ parts.[1]

In the liner notes of The Very Best Of, Don Henley talked about the song's meaning:

It's about the fleeting, fickle nature of love and romance. It's also about the fleeting nature of fame, especially in the music business. We were basically saying, 'Look, we know we're red hot right now but we also know that somebody's going to come along and replace us — both in music and in love.'[2]

In 1977, the Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement for Voices with "New Kid in Town".

On Henley's first solo album, I Can't Stand Still, he references the song by singing the line, "there's a new kid in town" over the rideout of "Johnny Can't Read".

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1001
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks2
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles43
Canadian RPM Top Singles1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks12
U.K. Singles Chart20
Netherlands Top 409

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.glennfreyonline.com/eagles/hotelcalifornia/linernotes.htm
  2. ^ The Very Best Of (CD). Warner Music Group. 2003. R2 73971.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 26, 1977 – March 5, 1977
Succeeded by
"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" by Barbra Streisand