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One Of These Nights by Eagles

Album: One Of These NightsReleased: 1975Charted:
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  • Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, this song was inspired by the Soul music Frey was listening to when he started writing it on the piano. Artists like B.B. King and Al Green were a big influence on many songs on the album.

    In a 1975 interview with Phonograph Record, Frey explained: "It's like, puttin' things off... Everybody I'm sure has said, 'One of these nights I'm gonna...' Gonna drive back to that restaurant an' take that waitress in my arms, whatever. Find that girl, make that money, buy that house. Move to that country. Any of that stuff. Everyone's got his ultimate dream, savin' it for 'someday.' And 'someday' is up to you." (This interview is available at Rock's Backpages).
  • Don Felder, who was the Eagles newest guitarist, came up with the opening bass line. In a 1975 Rolling Stone interview, Don Henley credited Felder with helping the Eagles get away from ballads: "With Don Felder, we can really rock. He's made us nastier and he's done a great guitar solo on One Of These Nights."
  • In the same Rolling Stone article, Don Henley said that this song was challenging to sing live: "My voice has to be just right to hit the high notes. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don't."
  • Glenn Frey says that this was an example of how he and Don Henley clicked as songwriters. "I'd go over to the piano and say, 'Hey, what do you think of this?,' he told Tavis Smiley. "I'd play something, and he'd go, 'Yeah, I like that, I like that.' Maybe just get up and start singing. That's the way we wrote 'One of These Nights.' I just went over to the piano and I started playing this little minor descending progression, and he comes over and goes, (singing) 'One of these nights.' I go, yeah, yeah."
  • This was the Eagles second #1 single in America, preceded by "Best Of My Love" a year before.
  • The album One Of These Nights sold platinum in the UK and Canada, and sold 4x platinum in the US. It was the Eagles highest-selling album to date, but their next album Hotel California sold even better.

    A word about that platinum rating: In 1976, album sales were growing at such a fast clip that the RIAA introduced the platinum ranking for the first time. Guess which album was the one to receive the first platinum status? Greatest Hits 1971-1975 by The Eagles.
  • According to Frank Moriarty's Seventies Rock - The Decade of Creative Chaos, The Eagles' chief influence was The Byrds. Eagles' vocalist and guitarist Bernie Leadon was a former member of the Flying Burrito Brothers, a group which gets two of its members (Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman) from The Byrds.
  • Another significant development in Eagles history happened around the time of this album, in that Bill Szymczyk (a man whose surname spelling must surely vex the devil himself) had become The Eagles' new producer, joining them from The James Gang; this was their first full album together. Their former producer, Glyn Johns, had left the scene due to artistic differences during On The Border - Johns wanted to keep the Country sound in The Eagles, while The Eagles wanted to break out more into the mainstream rock sound. Good call!
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Comments: 27

For years people thought the high notes at the end were sung by Meisner. But it was Henley himself who sang the it, perhaps the only time in his life he ever sang that high on record. Henley said that while recording it, he heard Meisner and Frey sing high harmony background vocals for the song and was inspired to give it a try. Glenn has said that the only way he could sing that high is if he was singing 2 part harmony with Randy.Ken - Louisville, Ky
The article is "Conversations with Don Henley and Glenn Frey" by Cameron Crowe/August 2003. It's a very informative piece where Henley and Frey comment on all of their hits and how they came about writing them.
http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/the-very-best-of-the-eagles/
Camille - Toronto, Oh
After all these years of The Eagles music being part of the soundtrack to my life...the 70s were my teen/20s heyday... I'm finally looking at the group in a different light. I can't say I've ever been exactly thrilled with any of their music. It's not a dislike or a like, just a neutral. My husband is a huge fan, so now in our middle age, we finally went to see The Eagles in concert. Prior to the show, I read up a bit on their backstory, then listened to and memorized some of the song lyrics... not hard to do as so many easily flooded my memory. All of that made the concert more enjoyable for me. I had a great time, and since the concert, I find myself reading up more about the band, found a few books to read and plan to watch the DVD "The History of the Eagles". So anyway, in my "research" I found this:

Glenn Frey: We made a quantum leap with "One Of These Nights." It was a breakthrough song. It is my favorite Eagles record. If I ever had to pick one, it wouldn't be "Hotel California"; it wouldn't be "Take It Easy." For me, it would be "One Of These Nights."
Camille - Toronto, Oh
My pick as The Eagles best song. Felder really kicked the band up a notch. As someone already mentioned the line: "I've been searching for the daughter of the devil himself
I've been searching for an angel in white
I've been waiting for a woman who's a little of both
And I can feel her but she's nowhere in sight

Oh, loneliness will blind you in between the wrong and the right
Oh, coming right behind you, swear I'm gonna find you, one of these nights"

Yeah, I guess we are all looking for that combination in a woman. Somewhere I read where someone said "the ideal wife would be Doris Day in the afternoon, Sophia Loren at night" Sounds right, although I could have dug Doris at night also.
Dt - Gulf Breeze, Fl
That haunting, sliding bass line by Don Felder which opens up the song moves ya right down in the bones... Love It!

This is one of the songs I'd put on my "Gotta Learn this if I ever Learn how to Play the Guitar"-List.
Bruce - San Jose, Ca
In my humble opinion, one of the best lines EVER in pop music: “I’ve been seachin’ for the daughter of the devil himself. I’ve been searchin’ for an angel in white. I’ve been searchin’ for a woman who’s a little of both, and I can feel her but she’s nowhere in sight”.Bill - Ohio, Oh
For me, the middle part of the guitar solo is most extraordinary, because it sounds exactly like an R&B saxophone break!Dryattz - Atlanta, Ga
On the Eagles boxset felder plays the demo over the phone to henley its priceless.Dan - Winthrop, Ma
Magnificent song, and yes, Felder's intro part sets it up perfectly.Oldpink - New Castle, In
Earlier I didn't like this song much but over time, have started liking it more. I think its Glenn Frey's favourite number amongst all the Eagles songs.Mayank - Ranchi, India
At three minutes & five seconds into the song, right after the lyrics 'In between the wrong and the right', there comes a short but terrific guitar riff. Every time I play this song I'm always anticipating that magical moment. If I had to pick my favorite Eagles' song, and that's seems almost impossible because there's so many great ones, I guess this would be the one!!!Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
This is a great song.The Eagles never got the respect of many music journalists. I remember hearing Don Henley say that Rolling stone magazine did not have many good things to say about them. This amazes and angers me. I think sometimes if your not really hard rock then your somehow "selling out" or your just a "pop" band. Nothing could be further from the truth.The Eagles were not " hard rock" but they certainly were not just a pop band. The Eagles were one of the best bands of the 70's and I think one of the best bands of all time.Brian - Boston, Ma
The original video for this song featured many drawings and artworks from the "Heavy Metal" magazine. During Felder´s guitar solo a blonde, long haired woman appeared "dancing" in a kind of a photo "slideshow". The first take of the video was the artwork for that album.Victor - Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico
Ive been searching for the daughter of the devil himself...lol greatChris - Niagara Falls, Ny
I totally get what Henley is saying. When I want to sing a high note, my voice has to be right that day. Some days I just can't hit a high note.Liz - Smallville, Ks
Probably the Eagles at their very best.Kylie - Liverpool, England
I love the opening bass riff of this song! Great eagles song!!!! Except that I always thought it was about relationships instead of about sexTony - Chicago, Il
I love the opening bass riff of this song! Great eagles song!!!! Except that I always thought it was about relationships instead of about sexTony - Chicago, Il
My very favorite Eagle Song! It reminds me of my favorite Uncle Brian and Aunt Gracie[now Divorced] and Cousins Cindy and Sherri.Jennifer Harris - Grand Blanc, Mi
Mike: The Eagles may have peaked with this one? That implies it went downhill after that. Hotel California, their best album and one of my favorite albums ever, came out two years after this song, so I'd have to disagree w/ you there.Scott - Boston, Ma
The Eagles are doing their usual high-quality recording. They're the usual group of the experts of the '70s. Long live the Eagles!Andrew - Birmingham, United States
Posted on 11/5/2007. I love The Eagles! They rank very high amongst my all-time favorite bands. It's really tough trying to choose a favorite out of all their many great songs, but I must say that this song might possibly be my favorite from them.David - Deerfield Beach, Fl
One of my favorites from them!Blake - Chicago, Il
My favorite Eagles song. The bassline in the beginning is absolutely awesome!Ron - Auburndale, Fl
This song is cool as hell. The Eagles may have actually peaked with this one.Mike - Hueytown , Al
This song has the best backup vocals of any 70's song.

Glenn, Ct
Glenn - Torrington, Ct
I love this song. It's like all things from the 70s are rolled up into one song for me. :)Jameson - Lexington, Ky