Steve Young: Seven Bridges Road (The Eagles)

Written by Penny Ross

Former NYFOS Administrator

June 14, 2017

Here’s to the Eagles, despised by many critics who didn’t think their music was tough enough for rock and roll, but loved by their many fans who made their Greatest Hits the best selling album of all time (29 million copies thus far). I loved them best in concert and “Seven Bridges Road” was a particular knockout—the band standing together, doing what sounded to me like flawless 5 part harmony. (The song was written by Steve Young, one of the few in their rep not written by someone in the band.) The first part was done a capella and the rest had acoustic guitar accompaniment. It kept a crowd of 15,000 plus in a Philadelphia arena absolutely quiet throughout the performance.  Harmony was one of their strengths.  You might see as we go along that I am a sucker for great harmony singing.

As far as tough enough goes, no one has ever had a problem with the Beach Boys.

Penny Ross

Penny Ross has had an eclectic professional life. Became a rock and roll publicist at a great time – post-Beatles, but the rise of Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, the re-birth of the Kinks – all of whom were clients. Also was publicist for Elektra Records, Epic Records, ABC FM Radio, before they were killed by corporate play lists. Then wrote about said rock and roll plus dance and theater for another ten years for Daily News, Village Voice, SoHo News and many many magazines. After a break, she went to work for NYFOS – doing whatever needed doing for subscribers and in the office – and stayed for six years. Since then, she have been semi-retired, as they say, and looking for the next big thing, while listening to as much of the live music New York offers as I can manage.

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