Eagles’ Glenn Frey Died Five Years Ago This Week

by Emily Morgan
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This week we remember the passing of The Eagles’ singer, songwriter, and guitarist Glenn Frey. Before his death at the age of 67, he had made a name for himself as one of the most prominent musicians in modern music history. He passed away on Jan. 18, 2016, leaving behind a music legacy unlike any other.  

Raised in Royal, Oak, Mich, Frey was Born in Detroit on Nov. 6, 1948. From a young age, he developed an interest in music when he began learning piano and guitar. 

When he got older, he began performing with local groups, which garnered Bob Seger’s attention. Seger would become a significant person in Frey’s life, giving Frey the chance to do his first recording sessions. 

After playing acoustic guitar and singing background vocals on Seger’s classic “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” he made his way to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. 

Once there, he created a duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle with another singer-songwriter named J.D. Souther. In 1969, they released one self-titled album before they parted ways. 

Later, after being recruited by Linda Ronstadt to play in a band, he first met Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. After realizing Frey would make a perfect addition for The Eagles, they became one of the biggest superstar acts of the 1970s. 

Glenn Frey Makes Rock History With The Eagles

Known as America’s quintessential classic rock band, The Eagles captured the essence of the decade with a string of classic hits. Songs like “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Best of My Love,” “One of These Nights,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It to the Limit,” “New Kid in Town,” “Hotel California,” “Heartache Tonight” and many more defined an entire era long after the ’70s ended. 

Even after the group disbanded, Frey’s solo career was equally successful: releasing hits including “The Heat Is On,” “You Belong to the City,” and “Smuggler’s Blues.” 

Frey also had an acting career that included roles on “Wiseguy,” “Miami Vice” and the movie Jerry Maguire

In 1994 Frey reunited with The Eagles, performing with them on various tours that lasted until he died in 2016. He died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

Henley remembered Frey as “the one who started it all,” attributing Frey’s vision as the driving force of The Eagles.

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