He Gave Tom Petty Guitar Lessons

Watching Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan show influenced Don Felder to become a musician. He was about 10 when he obtained his first guitar. He didn’t buy it, rather Felder says he swapped some cherry bombs with a friend to get it.

Don taught himself to play and formed his first band, The Continentals at 15. The not-yet-famous Stephen Stills was also a member.

He attended Gainesville High School and gave guitar lessons to a younger student from the school. His name was Tom Petty.

In 1974 Don Felder joined the Eagles and remained with the group until their 1982 breakup.

Twelve years later he would reunite with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.

The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

In 2001, Don Felder was fired from the band. Read more about his adventures in his autobiography — Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles (1974-2001).

From 1981, here’s Don Felder’s Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)


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