Six Degrees of Rock and Roll With Nancy Reagan
By Four Walls
March 11, 2016 8:52pm CST
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was laid to rest today. She died March 6 of congestive heart failure. Did you know she had a connection to the Eagles? In 1975 the Eagles' biggest album (at the time), One of These Nights, was released. The final song on the album, in what would become Bernie Leadon's swan song with the group (he left the band after the tour for the album, although he was part of the "History of the Eagles" tour in 2013-15), is called "I Wish You Peace." Leadon wrote the beautiful song with his girlfriend. It's about wishing a person well in the best way possible: I wish you hope when things are going bad Kind words when times are sad I wish you shelter from the raging wind Cooling waters at the fever's end Bernie Leadon's girlfriend at the time, and the co-writer of the song, was Patti Davis. As in, Patti Davis Reagan. Ron and Nancy's daughter co-wrote an Eagles song. How about that for rock and roll trivia?
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12 Mar 16
Interesting footnote to this: Don Henley HATES this fact. In 1982, when Reagan was president, Patti Davis was interviewed for an article in a Las Vegas newspaper, and she mentioned this song. Henley fired off a letter to the paper, saying that (a) he was sick of hearing Patti Davis claim she "wrote a song for the Eagles," (b) Leadon wrote "80-90% of the song," and (c) the song was "smarmy cocktail music, certainly not something the Eagles are proud of." I think Henley's got the best voice in rock and roll, but I also think he's four of the ten biggest (insert body part that you wouldn't mind having offended by the comparison here)s on the planet.
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