Another music legend has passed away over the holiday weekend. It saddens us to join the rest of the world in reporting that singer/songwriter, and co-founder of the Eagles, Glenn Frey has died. Frey died on Monday, January 18, 2016. His family, band mates, and manager released the following statement about his death on his official web site, glenfreyafterhours.com.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of husband, best friend, father, comrade, and Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.
Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.
The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.
Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.
Cindy Frey • Taylor Frey • Deacon Frey • Otis Frey
Don Henley • Joe Walsh • Timothy B. Schmit • Bernie Leadon • Irving Azoff”
He was just 67 years old.
As a founding member and guitarist of The Eagles, and successful solo artist, Glenn Frey was one of the most successful musicians in Rock music history. The Eagles first formed in early 1971` after Glenn Frey and band-mate Don Henley came together after the two of them were initially recruited by singer/songwriter, Linda Ronstadt as part of her back up band. After the two of them were confident enough to form their own band together, convinced music mogul, David Geffen to sign them to his then new Asylum Records. In 1972 they would release their self-titled debut album. It featured their first hit, “Take It Easy,” which Glenn wrote with his longtime friend, Jackson Browne.
“Take It Easy”
The identity of the band would be formed further in future projects however, when Frey and Henley would find their sound as the songwriting duo that would produce the majority of The Eagles’ most memorable music for years to come.
Glenn Frey’s songwriting with band-mate Don Henley, resulted in some of the biggest hits and of the 1970s. Some of these include “Desperado,’ ‘One Of These Nights,’ ‘Lyin’ Eyes,’ and “Hotel California.”’
“One Of These Nights”
From One Of These Nights
From One Of These Nights
From Hotel California
“The Long Run”
From The Long Run
After The Eagles first broke up in 1980, Glenn Frey enjoyed success as a solo artist. His first major hit came in 1984 with , “The Heat Is On.” It was featured on the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy’s career milestone film, Beverly Hills Cop. “The Heat Is On” was released as the fourth consecutive hit single from the massively popular compilation. The track reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1985, and helped that album become one of the best selling soundtracks of all time.
“The Heat Is On”
From Beverly Hills Cop: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Another major soundtrack appearance would come in October of 1985. Glenn would have two songs prominently featured on the first soundtrack to the 1980s crime drama, Miami Vice. These song were the singles, “You Belong To The City,” and “Smuggler’s Blues.” “You Belong To The City” was a huge hit. It peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it also topped the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. This song, helped the Miami Vice soundtrack album reach the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart for 11 weeks in 1985,
“You Belong To The City”
From Miami Vice Soundtrack
From Miami Vice Soundtrack
Episode Clip: “Smuggler’s Blues”
“Hole In The World”
From Very Best Of
The Eagles Recording Company II/Warner Music Group
“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved.
We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything.
We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year “History of the Eagles Tour” to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”
Other musicians, and celebrities in the music world soon followed Henley by posting their thoughts and feelings on how Glenn Frey and his music touched them on social media.
My Mom used to play Eagles records for me on my way to grade school. We lost one of the greatest songwriters ever today… #RIPGlennFrey
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 19, 2016
I was shocked to hear about Glenn Frey passing away – it was a real blow to hear. Love & Mercy to Glenn’s family tonight. – Brian
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 19, 2016
I've been on air discussing it last 4 hours, still hard to believe Glenn Frey is now gone. Horrible start for rock to 2016. #RIPGlennFrey
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) January 19, 2016
SHOCKED to report the death of GLENN FREY. Eagle & brilliant songwriter. We shared some memories at RRHOF. Shocked.. pic.twitter.com/0uVYgaKVIT
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) January 18, 2016
….sigh Glenn Frey belongs to the city still. damn man. all these legends man…..#TheEagles
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 18, 2016
GOD BLESS GLENN FREY – 1948 – 2O16 – tBLSt SDMF tGFt pic.twitter.com/UvsYEwY6EQ
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) January 19, 2016
Glenn Frey, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you gave us.
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) January 18, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of Glenn Frey. I had the great pleasure of knowing him and he was beyond gracious. Praying for his family. RIP
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) January 18, 2016
RIP, Glenn Frey. Travel to the stars safely, bro. pic.twitter.com/jVDPy5zkLe
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) January 18, 2016
R.I. P. Glenn Frey. Deepest condolences to his family and #Eagles.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) January 18, 2016
As a member of The Eagles, and a solo artist, Glenn Frey helped sell a combined total of over 150 million albums worldwide. He is a true talent that will be missed, but always remembered. Rest in Peace Glenn Frey.