The California rockers bridged their smash LPs "Hotel California" and "The Long Run" with a cover of Charles Brown's Christmas classic.
BY 1978, THE EAGLES HAD SOLIDIFIED their dominance among American rock bands, having earned four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, among them, the title song to their 1977 album, Hotel California, which was on its way to becoming the Los Angeles-based group's signature song.
Before recording their follow-up, The Long Run, the Eagles – then consisting of Glenn Frey, 30; Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh and newest member Timothy B. Schmit, all 31 – decided to serve up a little holiday cheer: a cover of Charles Brown's 1960 carol "Please Come Home for Christmas." Released with the B-side "Funky New Year," the songs were the first that Schmit recorded with the band. "I was quite happy with how smoothly it all went," he recalls. "It probably only took us about a week to finish both sides."
"Please Come Home for Christmas" debuted at No. 78 on Dec. 9, 1978; soared from No. 45 to No. 20 in its third week (Dec. 23); and peaked at No. 18. Nearly a year later, The Long Run arrived, and its first single, "Heartache Tonight," became the Eagles' fifth and final Hot 100 No. 1. The band split in 1980 but reunited in 1994 for its Hell Freezes Over album and tour.