Jim Ed Norman on his career with The Eagles

For a 50-year vet of the music industry, Jim Ed Norman had one heck of a first day. 

In 1973, at age 24, he found himself on the conductor’s rostrum at London’s Olympic Studios. In front of him were the country’s best classical musicians. Behind him, in the control room, were members of what was soon to be one of the biggest bands of all time: The Eagles. 

They were about to record a song called “Desperado.”

“It was the very first thing I’d ever done,” Norman recalls to The Tennessean. “I had a large group of musicians, and I was introduced to each one of those players as they arrived. One of them played cello on (The Beatles’) “Yesterday,” and others played in the Queen’s Chamber Orchestra. And it wasn’t long before I was a nervous wreck.”