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The James Gang signed a record deal with ABC/Dunhill Records in 1969 and released their debut, Yer Album, The record earned a dedicated following by musicians including Pete Townshend, legendary guitarist for British rock band The Who. He was so impressed by Joe Walsh's songwriting; he asked the James Gang to go on tour with his band in Europe. The following year, the James Gang opened for Led Zeppelin on the legendary group's first visit to Cleveland.
The band hit its stride with James Gang Rides Again. The lineup of Walsh, Fox, and Peters proved to be a hit success as the album went gold, peaking at number 20 on Billboard. With the addition of keyboards, the band's hard boogie and groove found new heights on Rides Again 's collection of hard rockers and sensitive ballads. The riff-heavy track "Funk 49," a sort of follow up to Yer Album 's "Funk Number 48," hit number 40 on Billboard and today has one of the most memorable classic rock riffs.
In 1971, the James Gang kept their songwriting energy vibrant with the release of Thirds. The album, once again hit Billboard at number 27 while the instantly recognizable single "Walk Away," stopped at number 51. Things were going great for the band and the future looked good until the winter of 1971 when Walsh, the true driving force of the James Gang, left the group.
After some legal battles with ABC Records, the James Gang had to find a new home on Atco to release their 1973 album Bang. Then guitar wiz Tommy Bolin stepped in. It looked like the James Gang would get the boost it needed ever since Walsh had left, but then just as 1974's Miami was released, Bolin quit the band to begin a solo career, and later join Deep Purple. In 1974, the remaining members of the James Gang decided to call it quits.
In the late 1990, the James Gang reunited with Peters, Fox, and Walsh for the occasional show, including a 1996 election rally for President Bill Clinton at Cleveland State University.
The James Gang brought us two legendary guitarists Joe Walsh & Tommy Bolin.
Yer' Album 1969
James Gang Rides Again 1970
Straight Shooter 1972
Passin' Thru 1972
Jesse Come Home 1976
James Gang Live in Concert 1971
"I Don't Have the Time" 1969
"Take a Look Around"
"Looking for My Lady"1972
"Must Be Love"1973
"Got No Time for Trouble"
"Standing in the Rain"1974
"Cruisin' Down the Highway"
"I Need Love"1976
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