Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis Festival – Oct. 3, 1976

The Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis Festival was a charitable benefit with the proceeds going to cancer research. It was held at the L.A. Tennis Club, but the Eagles did not actually attend. They were busy in Miami recording the Hotel California album at Criteria Studios. The Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis Festival, which was proposed by a lawyer to the Eagles, raised more than $20,000 for L.A.’s Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.”

“Then there was Ronstadt, who looked like she was on foreign turf. She and partner Minnie Riperton lost dismally to Helen Reddy and Olivia Newton-John, as the referee admonished, ‘Girls, you don’t rotate, this isn’t volleyball’.

Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) – Oct. 17, 1976

Even though this was advertised as the First Annual Tennis Festival, there was no evidence found that the Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis Festival took place again after 1976.

Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis
Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis
Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis
Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy, Minnie Riperton, and Linda Ronstadt

Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton

Helen Reddy

Minnie Riperton and Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

Minnie Riperton and Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt
Helen Reddy and Olivia Newton-John behind Linda

Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy, Minnie Riperton, and Linda Ronstadt

Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis
JET Magazine – Oct. 28, 1976
Front: Olivia Newton-John and Linda Ronstadt
Back: Helen Reddy and Minnie Riperton

Micky Dolenz, Olivia, Keith Moon, and Mark Volman

Micky Dolenz, Olivia, Keith Moon, and Mark Volman

Tim Weisberg

Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts

Rick Nelson

Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis
Billboard – Aug. 28, 1976
Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis
Santa Maria Times (Santa Maria, CA) – Sept. 26, 1976

LA Times (Los Angeles, CA) – Sept. 28, 1976

Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis newspaper article
Valley News (Van Nuys, CA) – Sept. 29, 1976
Eagles Rock and Roll Tennis newspaper article
Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) – Oct. 17, 1976

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