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Eagles musician to shine on Sacramento’s Walk of Stars

Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles autographs a guitar during a visit to Encina High School, where he graduated in 1965, on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Schmit will be the fifth honoree in the Sacramento Walk of Stars.
Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles autographs a guitar during a visit to Encina High School, where he graduated in 1965, on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Schmit will be the fifth honoree in the Sacramento Walk of Stars. lsterling@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Walk of Stars has added some extra kick from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Timothy B. Schmit, the bassist for the Eagles and Encina High School alum, has been named as the fifth honoree in the inaugural Sacramento Walk of Stars.

Schmit, 68, joins four other Sacramento Walk of Stars honorees who were announced on May 9: Actor LeVar Burton, swimming champion Debbie Meyer, the renowned artist Gregory Kondos, and breast cancer research stamp creator Dr. Balazs “Ernie” Bodai.

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Schmit’s connection to Sacramento’s music scene stretches back to the 1960s. Prior to joining the Eagles in 1977, Schmit played in folk and surf bands while growing up in Sacramento. Schmit was also a member of the New Breed, a Sacramento rock band that scored a radio hit in 1965 with “Green Eyed Woman.”

After relocating to southern California, Schmit joined Poco in 1970 as a bassist and vocalist. He ultimately joined the Eagles on the band’s “Hotel California” tour and made his studio debut with the group on 1979’s “The Long Run.” A song co-written by Schmit and featuring him on lead vocals, “I Can’t Tell You Why,” reached No. 8 on the singles charts and remains a signature song for the band.

Schmit was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 with other members of the Eagles. Schmit also has played as a sideman with many other musicians, including Ringo Starr, Bob Seger and Jimmy Buffett.

Schmit was raised in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento and still has family who live in the area.

“Growing up in Sacramento was ideal for me, and I still have friends there dating back to grade school,” Schmit said in a statement. “My former band mates and I still get together whenever I visit. We even play a little music now and then.”

Schmit and the other Sacramento Walk of Stars inductees will be honored in a series of events on Aug. 31. Ceremonies include the presentation of the blue terrazzo-tile stars, which will be installed on 18th and L streets, and a gala event at the Memorial Auditorium. Schmit and the other honorees will be attending.

The Sacramento Walk of Stars was created by Scot and Lucy Crocker from the local public relations firm Crocker & Crocker. The annual program will honor three to five people with strong ties to the Sacramento area who are nationally recognized for their achievements in entertainment, arts, sports, business, science and other fields.

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