Desperado Songsheet

Desperado is a song that has been covered by many notable artists. Its original success was with the American rock band, The Eagles, who also wrote the song. The song appeared on their album with the same name in 1973. The song was never released as a single, but the album reached number 41 in the US Billboard charts and 39 in the UK. The song was produced by Glyn Johns, who at the time was one of the biggest producers in the music industry. He worked with some of the biggest bands and artists of all time, such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. In 2005, Westlife shared their rendition of The Eagles’ Desperado on their album, Face to Face. The album was a number 1 hit in the UK and Australia. Country star, Kenny Rogers also covered Desperado for his Country Album, Daytime Friends. Rogers’ album featured the likes on Tommy Allsup who had worked with huge music artists in the country and rock & roll genres, like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson. Another notable artist to cover Desperado and put it on his album was Johnny Cash. It was track 11 on American IV: The Man Comes Around which was the fourth album of his American series, released in 2002. This song uses a number of ‘Avanced Chords’ which require skills taught in the FastPlay Plus course.




Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Westlife