The Long Run by The Eagles


"The Long Run" is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded by the Eagles. The sound of the song is viewed as a tribute to the Stax / Memphis rhythm and blues sound. It was the title track of their album The Long Run and was released as a single in November 1979. It reached #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early 1980.{{cite web |url= |title=The Long Run > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles |publisher=Allmusic |accessdate= It was the second of three singles released from The Long Run album, preceded by "Heartache Tonight," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1979, and followed by "I Can't Tell You Why," which also reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, in the spring of 1980.

The song was featured on the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati on the episode "The Doctor's Daughter". Specifically, Dr. Johnny Fever decides to air the recording and his programming director, Andy Travis is hysterical with delight that his popular DJ is playing a hit record for once.

Music critic Dave Marsh states in his book "The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made" that the song "The Long Run" is more than just a tribute, calling it a complete ripoff of the 1972 R&B song "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" recorded by Otis Clay and written by Eugene Williams, the latter of which was covered by Bob Seger in 1981.