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Early Career

Schmit was born in Oakland, California. He was raised in Sacramento, and began playing in the folk music group Tim, Tom & Ron at the age of 15. That group evolved into a surf band called the Contenders, then changed its name to the New Breed (sometimes known simply as "the Breed"). As the New Breed, they had one big radio hit: the Animals-inspired "Green Eyed Woman," which was released 1965. Changing its name once again to Glad, the group recorded the album Feelin' Glad in 1968.

In 1968, Schmit auditioned for Poco but was turned down in favor of founding member Randy Meisner. When Meisner quit the band in 1970, Schmit replaced him on bass and lead vocals. He wrote and was the lead singer on the song "Keep on Tryin'," Poco's biggest hit single to that point, peaking at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. Apart from Poco, Schmit also contributed vocals to Firefall's 1977 hit, "Just Remember I Love You."

Schmit also played bass and sang backing vocals on the Steely Dan albums Pretzel Logic, The Royal Scam and Aja. Along with Brock Walsh, JD Souther and an uncredited Freddie Mercury, Schmit also sang backing vocals on "Never Let Her Slip Away", a top 5 UK hit for Andrew Gold in 1978.

Tenure With the Eagles

In 1977, Schmit joined the Eagles after the Hotel California tour, once again replacing Randy Meisner on bass/vocals after Meisner quit. Although the Eagles are thought of as a quintessential California band, Schmit is the only member of the group to actually be a native of California.

On the 1979 album, The Long Run, Schmit co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "I Can't Tell You Why". The band later broke up in 1980 and reunited 14 years later in 1994, with Schmit singing the lead vocals on "Love Will Keep Us Alive", on the reunion album Hell Freezes Over.

In 2007, the Eagles released a new album, Long Road Out of Eden. Schmit continues to be part of the Eagles lineup along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Joe Walsh.

Career After the Eagles

After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Schmit embarked on a solo career, singing vocals and playing bass for hire during studio sessions. His voice can be heard on many hits, including Bob Seger's "Fire Lake" and Boz Scaggs' "Look What You've Done To Me" (each with Frey and Henley), Don Felder's "Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride)" (with Henley), and Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Southern Cross", where he sang harmony. He was also a background musician on two of Don Henley's hit songs, "Dirty Laundry" and "You Don't Know Me at All".

Schmit teamed with his predecessor in both Poco and the Eagles, Randy Meisner, along with their mutual Eagles bandmate Joe Walsh, to provide background vocals to the 1987 Richard Marx hit "Don't Mean Nothing". Schmit also performed on the Toto 1983 hit singles "I Won't Hold You Back" and "Africa", and the Jars of Clay song "Everything in Between". He also played on the 1983 Glenn Shorrock solo album. In 1991 Schmit covered the standard "I Only Have Eyes for You" for the soundtrack of the film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. In 1989, Timothy added background on the Stacey Q single, "Heartbeat", which was featured on her critically acclaimed Nights Like This album.

Schmit toured with Jimmy Buffett, in 1983, 1984, and 1985 as a member of the Coral Reefer Band, and coined the term "Parrotheads" to describe Buffett's fans. In 1988, Schmit was involved in the Cinemax Television special "Black and White Night" featuring Roy Orbison. He was a member of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in 1992. In 1993, he contributed background vocals to several tracks on Clint Black's "No Time to Kill" CD including the title cut. In 1996, he sang on a cover version of The Beach Boys' 1966 song "Caroline, No" on their album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, with the Beach Boys themselves contributing harmonies. In 2000, he toured with Dan Fogelberg which became a live album, "Dan Fogelberg Live."

Schmit's latest album, Expando, was released on October 20, 2009.

Personal Life

Schmit has three children: daughter Jeddrah, presently a professional recording artist, by his first wife; daughter Owen and son Ben by his present wife.

In early 2013, Schmit was admitted to a hospital for three days and operated on for throat and neck cancer. His surgeons announced the operation a success, and hence he did not need to undergo chemotherapy or radio therapy.


Studio albums

1984      Playin' It Cool
  • Release date: September 17, 1984
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
1987 Timothy B
  • Release date: September 7, 1987
  • Label: MCA Records
1990 Tell Me the Truth
  • Release date: July 24, 1990
  • Label: MCA Records
2001 Feed the Fire
  • Release date: May 1, 2001
  • Label: Lucan Records
2009 Expando
  • Release date: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Lost Highway Records


1982      "So Much in Love"              Playin' It Cool
1984 "Playin' It Cool"          
1987 "Boys Night Out"              Timothy B.
1988 "Don't Give Up"          


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