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Timothy Bruce Schmit (born October 30, 1947) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He has performed as the bassist and vocalist for Poco
Poco
and the Eagles, having replaced bassist and vocalist Randy Meisner in both cases. Schmit has also worked for decades as a session musician and solo artist. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Tenure with the Eagles 3 Career after the Eagles 4 Personal life 5 Discography

5.1 Studio albums 5.2 Singles

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Schmit was born in Oakland, California.[1] He was raised in Sacramento, and began playing in the folk music group Tim, Tom & Ron[1] at the age of 15. That group evolved into a surf band called the Contenders, then changed its name to the New Breed (sometimes known simply as "the Breed"). As the New Breed, they had one big radio hit: the Animals-inspired "Green Eyed Woman," which was released in 1965. Changing its name once again to Glad, the group recorded the album Feelin' Glad in 1968. In 1968, Schmit auditioned for Poco
Poco
but was turned down in favor of founding member Randy Meisner. When Meisner quit the band in 1970, Schmit replaced him on bass and vocals.[2] He wrote and was the lead singer on the song "Keep on Tryin'," Poco's biggest hit single to that point, peaking at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
in 1975. Apart from Poco, Schmit also contributed vocals to Firefall's 1977 hit, "Just Remember I Love You."[3] Schmit also played bass and sang backing vocals on the Steely Dan albums Pretzel Logic, The Royal Scam
The Royal Scam
and Aja.[4] Schmit also sang backing vocals on "Never Let Her Slip Away", a top 5 UK hit for Andrew Gold in 1978, along with Brock Walsh, J.D. Souther
J.D. Souther
and an uncredited Freddie Mercury.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Tenure with the Eagles[edit] In 1977, Schmit joined the Eagles after the Hotel California
Hotel California
tour, once again replacing Randy Meisner on bass/vocals after Meisner quit. Although the Eagles are thought of as a quintessential California band, Schmit is the only member of the group to actually be a native of California.[11][12] On the 1979 album, The Long Run, Schmit co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "I Can't Tell You Why". The band later broke up in 1980 and reunited 14 years later in 1994, with Schmit singing the lead vocals on "Love Will Keep Us Alive", on the reunion album Hell Freezes Over. In 2007, the Eagles released a new album, Long Road Out of Eden. Schmit continued to be part of the Eagles lineup along with Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey
and Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh
until Frey's death in 2016. Career after the Eagles[edit]

Timothy B.
Timothy B.
Schmit's Bag of Hotel Keys - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Schmit embarked on a solo career, singing vocals and playing bass for hire during studio sessions. His voice can be heard on many hits, including Bob Seger's "Fire Lake" and Boz Scaggs' "Look What You've Done To Me" (each with Frey and Henley), Don Felder's "Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride)" (with Henley), and Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Southern Cross", where he sang harmony. He was also a background musician on two of Don Henley's hit songs, "Dirty Laundry" and "You Don't Know Me at All". Schmit teamed with his predecessor in both Poco
Poco
and the Eagles, Randy Meisner, along with their mutual Eagles bandmate Joe Walsh, to provide background vocals to the Richard Marx
Richard Marx
1987 hit "Don't Mean Nothing". Schmit also performed on the Toto 1983 hit singles "I Won't Hold You Back" and "Africa", and the Jars of Clay
Jars of Clay
song "Everything in Between". He also played on the 1983 Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
solo album. In 1991 Schmit covered the standard "I Only Have Eyes for You" for the soundtrack of the film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. In 1988 he added background vocals to Sheena Easton album The Lover in Me and in 1989 Schmit added background vocals on the Stacey Q single, "Heartbeat", which was featured on her critically acclaimed Nights Like This
Nights Like This
album. Schmit toured with Toto in 1982 and with Jimmy Buffett, in 1983, 1984, and 1985 as a member of the Coral Reefer Band, and coined the term "Parrotheads" to describe Buffett's fans. He was a member of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in 1992. In 1993, he contributed background vocals to several tracks on Clint Black's No Time to Kill CD including the title cut. In 1996, he sang on a cover version of The Beach Boys' 1966 song "Caroline, No" on their album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, with the Beach Boys themselves contributing harmonies. In 2000, he toured with Dan Fogelberg
Dan Fogelberg
which became a live album, "Dan Fogelberg Live." Schmit sang harmony on the title track of Katy Rose's debut album, Because I Can, produced by fellow Poco
Poco
alumnus and Katy's father, Kim Bullard. Schmit's fifth studio album, Expando, was released on October 20, 2009. In May 2012, Schmit was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.[13] His latest album, Leap of Faith, was released on September 23, 2016, the first release of an Eagles member since the death of bandmate Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey
in January 2016. Personal life[edit] Schmit has three children: a daughter by his first wife and a daughter and son by his present wife.[14] Discography[edit] Main articles: Poco
Poco
discography and Eagles discography Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions

US US Heat

1984 Playin' It Cool

First studio album Release date: September 17, 1984 Label: Wounded Bird Records

160 —

1987 Timothy B

Second studio album Release date: September 7, 1987 Label: MCA Records

106 —

1990 Tell Me the Truth

Third studio album Release date: July 24, 1990 Label: MCA Records

— —

2001 Feed the Fire

Fourth studio album Release date: May 1, 2001 Label: Lucan Records

— —

2009 Expando

Fifth studio album Release date: October 20, 2009 Label: Lost Highway Records

— 43

2016 Leap of Faith

Sixth studio album Release date: September 23, 2016 Label: Benowen Records

"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album

US [15] US Main US AC CAN CAN AC

1982 "So Much in Love" 59 — 27 — — Playin' It Cool

1984 "Playin' It Cool" 101 — — — —

1987 "Boys Night Out" 25 17 — 69 — Timothy B.

1988 "Don't Give Up" — — 30 — 22

"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

^ a b Eder, Bruce. " Timothy B.
Timothy B.
Schmit > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-07-01.  ^ Eder, Bruce. " Randy Meisner > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-14.  ^ DeGagne, Mike. "Luna Sea > Review". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-15.  ^ "SteelyDan.com". Retrieved 2013-10-28.  ^ "Top 500". Smooth Radio. Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2016. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ Sweeting, Adam. Andrew Gold
Andrew Gold
obituary. The Guardian. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. ^ "Never Let Her Slip Away". Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70s. BBC Radio 2. 5 Feb 2012. ^ O'Neal, Sean. R.I.P. Andrew Gold, songwriter of "Lonely Boy" and The Golden Girls theme. The A.V. Club. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2013. ^ Singer/Songwriter Andrew Gold
Andrew Gold
Dies. Contactmusic. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. ^ Drive with Russell Woolf; Andrew Gold
Andrew Gold
– Lonely Boy Archived March 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2013. ^ " Timothy B.
Timothy B.
Schmit Biography". Timothybschmitonline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ " Timothy B.
Timothy B.
Schmit went from envying the Eagles to becoming one". LancasterOnline.com. Retrieved June 10, 2014.  ^ "Berklee Music Students Perform For The Eagles - Noise11.com". www.noise11.com. Retrieved March 29, 2018.  ^ " Timothy B.
Timothy B.
Schmit Online Fun Facts". Timothybschmitonline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 789. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Poco

Rusty Young Jack Sundrud Michael Webb Rick Lonow

George Grantham Richie Furay Jim Messina Randy Meisner Timothy B.
Timothy B.
Schmit Paul Cotton Al Garth Steve Chapman Charlie Harrison Kim Bullard Rick Seratte Jeff Steele Dave Vanecore Gary Mallaber Richard Neville Tim Smith George Lawrence

Albums

Pickin' Up the Pieces Poco From the Inside A Good Feelin' to Know Crazy Eyes Seven Cantamos Head over Heels Rose of Cimarron Indian Summer Legend Under the Gun Blue and Gray Cowboys & Englishmen Ghost Town Inamorata Legacy Running Horse All Fired Up

Live albums

Deliverin' Live The Last Roundup Keeping the Legend Alive Bareback at Big Sky The Wildwood Sessions Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood 9/30/71

Compilations

The Very Best of Poco Ride the Country Poco: The Songs of Paul Cotton Poco: The Songs of Richie Furay The Best Of Backtracks Crazy Loving: The Best of Poco
Poco
1975–1982 Retrospective The Forgotten Trail (1969–74) On the Country Side The Essential Collection (1975–1982) The Ultimate Collection The Very Best of Poco 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Poco Take Two The Very Best of Poco Alive in the Heart of the Night Keep on Tryin' Poco
Poco
Live The Essential Poco Gold Best of Poco
Poco
Live Standing Room Only Setlist: The Very Best of Poco
Poco
Live

Notable songs

"Pickin' Up the Pieces" "You Better Think Twice" "Kind Woman" "C'mon" "Bad Weather" "A Good Feelin' to Know" "Keep on Tryin'" "Rose of Cimarron" "Indian Summer" "Crazy Love" "Heart of the Night" "Shoot for the Moon" "Call It Love"

Related articles

Buffalo Springfield Eagles Great Plains Loggins and Messina Souther-Hillman-Furay Band Country rock List of Poco
Poco
Line-ups Discography

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Eagles

Don Henley Timothy B.
Timothy B.
Schmit Joe Walsh

Glenn Frey Bernie Leadon Randy Meisner Don Felder

Studio albums

Eagles Desperado On the Border One of These Nights Hotel California The Long Run Long Road Out of Eden

Live albums

Eagles Live Hell Freezes Over Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne

Compilation albums

Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 The Very Best of the Eagles Selected Works: 1972–1999 The Very Best Of Eagles

Singles

"Take It Easy" "Witchy Woman" "Peaceful Easy Feeling" "Tequila Sunrise" "Outlaw Man" "Already Gone" "James Dean" "Best of My Love" "One of These Nights" "Lyin' Eyes" "Take It to the Limit" "New Kid in Town" "Hotel California" "Life in the Fast Lane" "Please Come Home for Christmas" "Heartache Tonight" "The Long Run" "I Can't Tell You Why" "Seven Bridges Road" "Get Over It" "Love Will Keep Us Alive" "Hole in the World" "How Long" "Busy Being Fabulous"

Other songs

"Desperado" "Ol' '55" "The Last Resort" "In the City"

Tours

Long Road Out of Eden
Long Road Out of Eden
Tour History of the Eagles Tour

Related

Discography Poco Linda Ronstadt Flying Burrito Brothers Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles History of the Eagles Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974–2001)

Book Category

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