Basic Background Info

Birth: 1949
Location: Unknown
Band: Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Eagles
Genres: Rock
Instruments: Drums, Keyboards, Flute
Occupation: Musician



Joe Vitale has performed with some of classic rock's greatest acts, including the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Ted Nugent.

While a student at Kent State University, Joe Vitale performed with local band The Chylds. Joe Vitale first national gig was with Ted Nugent in 1971. Joe Vitale then joined fellow Kent State student Joe Walsh's Colorado band Barnstorm. Barnstorm recorded three albums before dismantling in 1974.

Following his work with Barnstorm, Joe Vitale temporarily served as the drummer for the Michael Stanley Band. Joe Vitale then recorded a solo album, 1974's Roller Coaster Weekend, featuring guitar solos by Rick Derringer, Joe Walsh, and Phil Keaggy. Joe Vitale released his second solo album, Plantation Harbor, in 1980.

Joe Vitale performed with the Stills-Young band on Long May You Run. He then joined Crosby, Stills and Nash and has performed with the group since.

After old friend Joe Walsh joined the Eagles, Joe Vitale played drums and keyboards with the Eagles road band.

Joe Vitale has also worked as a producer. He co-produced many songs with Crosby, Stills and Nash and solo work by both Stills and Nash.

Joe Vitale has also toured with Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, the Beach Boys, and John Fogerty. Joe Vitale's recording credits additionally include Ringo Starr, John Entwhistle, John Lennon, Boz Skaggs, Keith Richards, and Van Morrison, among countless others.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1965 You Make Me Feel Good (Single) The Chylds
1967 I Want More (Lovin) (Single) The Chylds
1967 Psychedelic Soul (Single) The Chylds
1968 No More Tears (Single) The Chylds
1972 Barnstorm Joe Walsh & Barnstorm
1973 She Is a Song Rick Roberts
1973 Rosewood Bitters Michael Stanley
1973 Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get Joe Walsh & Barnstorm
1973 Friends & Legends Michael Stanley
1974 All American Boy Rick Derringer
1975 So What Joe Walsh
1976 Rollercoaster Weekend Joe Vitale
1976 All Alone In The End Zone Jay Ferguson
1976 Illegal Stills Stephen Stills
1976 Long May You Run Stills/Young
1976 You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind Joe Walsh
1976 Stone Alone Bill Wyman
1977 CSN Crosby, Stills & Nash
1977 Netherlands Dan Fogelberg
1977 Hurry Sundown The Outlaws
1978 Thoroughfare Gap Stephen Stills
1978 But Seriously Folks Joe Walsh
1978 Best of Joe Walsh Joe Walsh
1979 The Best of Rick Roberts
1979 Real Life Ain't This Way Jay Ferguson
1979 Havana Jam CBS Various Artists
1979 Where I Should Be Peter Frampton
1980 Replay Crosby, Stills & Nash
1980 Earth & Sky Graham Nash
1980 Feel the Heat The Henry Paul Band
1980 Middle Man Boz Scaggs
1980 Eagles Live Eagles
1981 Alive Alone Mickey Thomas
1981 There Goes the Neighborhood Joe Walsh
1981 Too Late the Hero John Entwhistle
1982 Plantation Harbor Joe Vitale
1982 Championship Wrestling Al Kooper
1982 Daylight Again Crosby, Stills & Nash
1982 Greatest Hits Dan Fogelberg
1982 Solo Album Eric Carmen
1983 Allies Crosby, Stills & Nash
1983 Beauty Lies Michael Brewer
1983 Airborne Don Felder
1983 You Bought It: You Name It Joe Walsh
1984 Windows & Walls Dan Fogelberg
1985 Passenger Melvin James
1987 Got Any Gum? Joe Walsh
1987 5 to 1 Tom Kimmel
1987 Michael Stanley Band Michael Stanley
1988 American Dream Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1989 Oh Yes I Can David Crosby
1990 Live It Up Crosby, Stills & Nash
1991 Ordinary Average Guy Joe Walsh
1991 Crosby, Stills & Nash Box Set Crosby, Stills & Nash
1991 Santa's Lament Father Guido Sarducci
1992 Right Back at Ya (1971-1983) Michael Stanley
1992 Songs for a Dying Planet Joe Walsh
1992 Rock of the 70's, Vol. 3 Rock of the 70's
1994 Old Wave Ringo Starr
1995 Robocop: The Series Soundtrack Joe Walsh
1995 Look What I Did.. Anthology Joe Walsh
1996 Book of Shadows Zakk Wylde
1996 Republica Republica
1996 Rock & Roll Hoochie Coo: The Best of Rick Derringer Rick Derringer
1996 Best of the Outlaws: Green Grass & High Tides Outlaws
1996 Thunderfingers: The Best of John Entwhistle John Entwhistle
1996 Coming up for Air Michael Stanley
1996 Anthology John Entwhistle
1997 Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh
1997 Prefontaine Prefontaine Movie Soundtrack
1997 Portrait: The Music of Dan Fogelberg Dan Fogelberg
1997 So in Love Saison
1997 Greatest Hits: Little Did He Know Joe Walsh
1998 Carry On Crosby, Stills & Nash
1998 Drew Carey Show TV Soundtrack
1999 Looking Forward Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
2000 I Believe Saison
2000 Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, And Some Blues Dan Fogelberg
2002 Finally Home Bob Gatewood
2002 Songs for Survivors 5.1 Graham Nash
2005 Man Alive Stephen Stills
2005 Greatest Hits Crosby, Stills & Nash
2006 Nicolette Larson Tribute / Live Various Artists
2006 Voyage (Box Set) David Crosby
2006 Burn the Afternoon Grant Sparks
2007 What You See Is What You Get Julie Nettle
2007 The Debut Album Todd Duffley
2007 Stills/Illegal Stills/Thorughfare Gap Stephen Stills
2007 Captured Angel/Nether Lands Dan Fogelberg
2008 Speaking In Drums Joe Vitale
2008 Liar's Day David Jacobs-Strain
2008 Brian Vander Ark Brian Vander Ark
2009 Skullage Black Label Society
2009 Reflections (Box Set) Graham Nash
2009 Live at Shepherd's Bush Stephen Stills
2012 Windows and Walls/The Wild Places Dan Fogelberg
2012 Strut! Joe Vitale
2013 Analog Man Joe Walsh
2013 All Alone in the End Zone/Thunder Island/Real Life Ain't This Way Jay Ferguson


  • Vital was a student at Kent State University during the famed shootings on May 4, 1970, when members of the Ohio National Guard shot and killed four students during a protest against the US invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Yamaha/Kellyshu
Sticks: Vic Firth

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