Sony/ATV signs Joe Walsh to worldwide publishing deal

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed singer, songwriter and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh to a worldwide publishing deal.

Across five decades, Walsh has released 20 albums, both as a long-time member of the celebrated American band and as a solo artist.

The agreement with Sony/ATV covers songs such as ‘Life’s Been Good,’ ‘Rocky Mountain Way,’ ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Lucky That Way,’ as well as ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ and ‘In The City,’ which he wrote and recorded with the Eagles.

“Joe Walsh is a musical giant and we are honored that he is entrusting his incredible catalog of songs with Sony/ATV.”

martin bandier, sony/atv

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: “Joe Walsh is a musical giant and we are honored that he is entrusting his incredible catalog of songs with Sony/ATV.

“I know all our guitar-playing executives – and there are many of them – look at him as a hero, but he is not only one of the all-time great guitarists but a terrific songwriter as well.”

“Joe’s vast career catalogue, both solo and with Barnstorm and the Eagles, have found the perfect home with Marty and Sony/ATV.”

irving azoff, manager 

Walsh’s manager Irving Azoff said: “Joe’s vast career catalogue, both solo and with Barnstorm and the Eagles, have found the perfect home with Marty and Sony/ATV.”

By the time Walsh joined the Eagles in late 1975, he had been a member of the James Gang and Barnstorm, before launching a solo career.

He made his recording debut with Eagles on the group’s fifth studio album Hotel California.

Released at the end of the following year, it topped the Billboard 200 chart for eight weeks and has been recognized by the RIAA for 17 million sales in the US alone.

Follow-up The Long Run was also a multi-platinum-selling No.1 album and included Walsh’s co-writes ‘In The City’ and ‘The Sad Café’. 

It was the group’s last new studio album for 28 years before the release in 2007 of Long Road Out Of Eden, which debuted at No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic.

While still a member of Eagles in the ’70s, Walsh continued to pursue a solo career, which included the Top 10 album But Seriously Folks.

He scored another solo US Top 20 hit with his composition ‘All Night Long,’ which was part of the soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy.

Other solo hits followed such as the Billboard rock chart-topper ‘A Life Of Illusion,’ ‘The Confessor’ and ‘The Radio Song’ alongside albums including There Goes The Neighborhood, You Bought It: You Name It, The Confessor.

His most recent studio release Analog Man was co-produced by Jeff Lynne and featured contributions from artists including Little Richard and Ringo Starr.

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