On this day in music history: September 24, 1979 – “The Long Run”, the sixth album by the Eagles is released. Produced by Bill Szymczyk, it is recorded at Bayshore Recording Studios in Coconut Grove, FL, One Step Up Recording Studio, Love ‘N’ Comfort Recording Studio, Brittania Recording Studio and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from March 1978 – September 1979. Issued as the follow up to the hugely successful “Hotel California”, the album is recorded over an eighteen month period, and is the first to include new bassist and vocalist Timothy B. Schmit (replacing founding member Randy Meisner, also having replaced him in Poco). The album is originally planned to be a double album, but is pared back to a single LP when the band feels they don’t have enough suitable material. Many of the songs are developed in the studio as the years of constant writing and recording followed by extensive tours has left the band tapped out physically and creatively. When the Eagles enter the studio in March of 1978, they have no material ready to record. The band spend endless hours jamming, and developing song ideas in the studio. Under intense pressure from both their record label and fans, the long arduous recording sessions lasting a year and half take their toll. It eventually leads to the bands split in July 1980 following the tour to support the album. Though it receives somewhat mixed reviews upon its release, it is a huge commercial success, spinning off three Top 10 singles including “Heartache Tonight” (#1 Pop), the title track (#8 Pop), and “I Can’t Tell You Why” (#8 Pop, #22 R&B). The band win a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group” for “Heartache Tonight” in 1980. Originally released on CD in 1984, it is remastered and reissued in 1999. Unavailable on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2008 (and again in 2014) by Rhino UK. The reissue faithfully replicates the original gatefold LP sleeve, inner sleeve and custom LP labels. "The Long Run" spends nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 7x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.