Facts of Bernie Leadon
Bernie Leadon is an American songwriter and musician, most known as the founding member of the American rock band, Eagles.
The multi-instrumentalist has also been part of such bands as Dillard & Clark, Hearts & Flowers, and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
As of June 2020, Bernie Leadon is believed to be worth $10 million. Here is how he made his money:
Bernie Leadon: Net Worth & Salary
Bernie Leadon's wealth comes from his musical career, wherein he is credited with founding critically and commercially successful bands like Eagles, Dillard & Clark, Hearts & Flowers, and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
His first professional foray into music was his collaboration with the California-based bluegrass band, the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers.
He was also pivotal in the formation of the country-rock band, Dillard & Clark, which shaped the sound of Los Angeles for the next decade.
After leading the band in 1969, Leadon joined the country-rock band, The Flying Burrito Brothers. He contributed to the band's first two studio albums, but after floundering success, he left to form what would be known as Eagles.
Leadon was the last to join Eagles, but he was one of the most central to the band's music. Besides providing the backing tracks, Leadon was also a multi-instrumentalist and among other instruments, he most notably played electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, and pedal steel guitar in Eagles.
Considered the most underrated member of Eagles, Leadon is credited as the writer/co-writer of such songs as "Train Leaves Here This Morning", "Earlybird", "My Man", "Bitter Creek", "Witchy Woman", "Journey of the Sorcerer", and "On the Border".
Eagles are considered to be one of the best American rock bands in history and besides their six Grammy Awards, they have sold over 200 million records to date.
Despite the overwhelming success of the band, there was trouble brewing between Leadon and other band members over the band transitioning away from country-rock to mainstream stadium-rock.
Things came to a head when Leadon made his-now famous exit in 1975 by pouring beer over Glenn Frey's head.
Since his departure, Leadon has led a quiet life. He has released two solo studio albums and currently works as a session musician for other artists.
Despite their creative differences and the aforementioned acrimonious departure, Leadon reunited with his Eagles bandmates over their 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and toured with the band from 2013 to 2015 on their History of the Eagles Tour.
Early Life and Childhood
Bernie Leadon was born Bernard Mathew Leadon III on July 19, 1947. The 72-year-old was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Bernard Leadon, Jr. and Ann Teresa Sweetser.
Brother of Musician Tom Leadon
Bernie's younger brother, Tom Leadon, is a musician in his own right. He is most known for being one-half of the original founding members of the southern/country rock band, Mudcrutch -- the other half: Tom Petty.
Is Bernie Leadon Married? Does He Have Children?
Bernie Leadon has been very tightly-lipped about his personal life. He has, for the most part, shielded his private life from media scrutiny.
Nonetheless, Bernie is believed to have been married on at least one occasion. He has also reportedly fathered at least one son.
Leadon is currently listed as residing in Nashville, Tennessee, where he works as a session musician and producer.