Although he delivered a number of solo records, Timothy B. Schmit earned his greatest fame as a vocalist with The Eagles and Poco, two of the era’s most successful mainstream country-rock outfits. Born October 30, 1947, in Oakland, California, Schmit joined Poco prior to recording the band’s 1971 LP Deliverin’ and remained with the group for nine more albums. After the release of the band’s 1977 Indian Summer, he was invited to join The Eagles, signing on, ironically enough, as a replacement for another former Poco member, Randy Meisner. Schmit’s arrival coincided with the sessions for The Eagles’ 1979’s LP, The Long Run; his contribution, “I Can’t Tell You Why”, proved to be a tremendous hit.
After internal dissent triggered The Eagles’ breakup in 1982, Schmit began a solo career, issuing three LPs: 1984’s Playin’ It Cool, 1987’s Timothy B, and 1990’s Tell Me the Truth. He rejoined Poco for 1984’s Inomorata and was also a popular guest musician, appearing on dozens of records including solo projects from onetime bandmates like Don Henley, Don Felder, and Richie Furay as well as LPs from Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jimmy Buffett, and Bob Seger. In 1989, Poco again reunited for the album Legacy, and in 1992, Schmit joined Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, performing his showcase number “I Can’t Tell You Why” on a live LP recorded in Montreux.
Shortly after, The Eagles ended months of speculation by announcing a reunion of the band’s Long Run-era lineup; the subsequent tour and live LP, both dubbed Hell Freezes Over, were incredibly successful, reaffirming The Eagles’ status as one of the world’s most popular artists.
A new Eagles’ studio album is due out by late Spring 2007.