As the Eagles celebrate 40 years of American music history, a multi-platinum mystery man celebrates alongside them… Jack Tempchin is a legendary hit songwriter whose two compositions, "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone", are now synonymous with the Southern California Sound. Both songs are on 'Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975', awarded *Best-Selling U.S. Album of the 20th Century* by the RIAA. Tempchin has five Eagles contributions total, including "The Girl From Yesterday" from the 'Hell Freezes Over' reunion release, plus "It's Your World Now" and "Somebody", both on their latest double disc release, 'Long Road Out Of Eden'.
Jack Tempchin first caught fire in the 1970s as member of the Funky Kings with Jules Shear and Richard Stekol, signed by Clive Davis to his Arista Records label. He solely composed the Billboard Top 10 track "Slow Dancing (Swayin’ To the Music)" for retro-rocker Johnny Rivers. In the 1980s, Tempchin co-wrote a dozen radio hits for Glenn Frey's solo career including "True Love", "The One You Love", "Sexy Girl", "Party Town", "I Found Somebody", "Soul Searchin", "Livin' Right" and "Part Of You, Part Of Me" the end title theme song for the Oscar-winning film, 'Thelma & Louise'. Tempchin also co-wrote Frey hits "Smuggler's Blues" & "You Belong to The City" for the 'Miami Vice' TV show soundtrack. (sampled by platinum rappers Coolio and Jay-Z, respectively). And famously, Tempchin's tune "Peaceful Easy Feeling" was featured in a notorious taxi scene in the Cohen Brothers cult classic, 'The Big Lebowski', starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude.
Tempchin songs have also been performed and/or recorded by George Jones, Emmylou Harris, NRPS, Glen Campbell, Chris Hillman, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Duncan, Richie Havens, Randy Meisner, Sammy Kershaw, Kate Wolf, Tom Rush, The Paladins, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. And Jack Tempchin enjoys co-writes. He's had them with Tom Waits, J.D. Souther, Jim Lauderdale, Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Brannen, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Alex Woodard, Kim Richey, Joel Piper, Joe West, Clay Mills, Chris DuBois, Dennis Morgan, Gary Nicholson and more. Yet another Tempchin co-write became the title track for Glenn Frey's 2012 solo release, "After Hours".
Jack Tempchin recently returned to his roots, performing his multi-platinum songwriter hits solo acoustic. Performing everywhere from house concerts, churches, and libraries, to large radio festivals, and performing arts center concerts, he's recently shared the stage with songwriting greats J.D. Souther, Jimmy Webb, Dave Mason, Tom Rush, Barry McGuire, and Al Kooper. He's also opened for Eagles solo sets by Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit and for Jackson Browne, Chicago, Poco, Karla Bonoff, Dolly Parton among others. In the 90s, Jack toured as the opening act for Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band at major venues like The Hollywood Bowl.
On December 1st, 2012, the Mayor of San Diego, California, officially proclaimed a 'Peaceful Easy Feeling Day' for America's Finest City, to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tempchin's song having originally been released as a single by the Eagles in 1972. To celebrate, Tempchin has released a new DVD/CD titled 'LIVE AT TALES FROM THE TAVERN'. Filmed at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, CA by famed rock photographer Henry Diltz, it contains several of his original hits performed by the man who composed them, including 'Peaceful Easy Feeling',' Already Gone', 'The One You Love', 'You Belong To The City' and 'Slow Dancing' all available now on iTunes, CDBaby, eMusic, and Amazon.
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