Glenn Frey, legendary singer, song writer and musician of the Eagles died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery, according to a close friend.
Frey was best known, of course, as a founding member of the Eagles. During the 70s, Frey played guitar, piano and keyboards. Don Henley and Frey were the primary lead singers of the band. Frey sang lead vocals on songs such as “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Already Gone”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “New Kid in Town”, and “Heartache Tonight”.
Even after the Eagles broke up in 1980, Frey found success as a solo artist and actor. He recorded hits “The One You Love”, “Smuggler’s Blues”, “Sexy Girl”, “The Heat Is On”, “You Belong to the City”, “True Love”, “Soul Searchin'”, and “Livin’ Right”.
As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. As a solo artist and with the Eagles combined, Frey released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Frey met drummer Don Henley in 1970. When Linda Ronstadt needed a backup band for a single gig, she hired Frey, Henley, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon. Frey and Henley later joined Ronstadt’s backup band for her 1971 summer tour.
Following that, Frey, Henley, Meisner and Leadon formed the Eagles, with Frey playing guitar and keyboards and Henley playing drums. The band went on to become one of the world’s best selling bands of all time. Frey wrote or co-wrote many songs, and sang the lead vocals on the songs mentioned earlier.
In 2012 on The Tavis Smiley Show, Frey told Smiley, “When the Eagles broke up, people used to ask me and Don, ‘When are the Eagles getting back together?’ We used to answer, ‘When Hell freezes over.’ We thought it was a pretty good joke.”
“People have the misconception that we were fighting a lot. It is not true. We had a lot of fun. We had a lot more fun than I think people realize.” At their first live concert of 1994, Frey told the crowd, “For the record, we never broke up. We just took a 14-year vacation.”
In 2013, a two-part documentary, “History of the Eagles”, was aired on Showtime. The documentary won an Emmy Award.
I’ll simply finish with this. Glenn Frey was an amazing talent who changed the landscape of music for several generations. At least we still have the music. Rest in Peace, Glenn. No more pain.
*Some information gathered from various websites.
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