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On January 18th, 2016 the world lost one of the Greats. It was the day that Eagles cofounder/vocalist/guitarist Glenn Frey died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was 67 years old.
Frey was integral part of the band who helped bring country rock into popularity. It all stems back to when Frey met drummer Don Henley in 1970 and they were both hired to back an up-and-coming singer named Linda Ronstadt. Eventually, a couple guys named Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon also joined the backing band who frequently played The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Following their time with Ronstadt, the four backing musicians formed their own group which would be called the Eagles.
Glenn Frey’s voice was the perfect example of country with an edge of rock ‘n’ roll. He sang lead on some of the Eagles’ biggest hits including Take It Easy, Already Gone, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Lyin’ Eyes, Tequila Sunrise, and Heartache Tonight. Many of these hits were also written or co-written by Frey.
Life has not been the same since Frey left this world. We miss him so much, but are so happy the Eagles continue to tour and honor his legacy. Until recently, Glenn’s own son Deacon Frey stepped into his father’s shoes so gracefully as he joined the band on their tours. We miss Glenn so much and we will always have him here through his music.
Watch Glenn Frey perform Take It Easy with the Eagles live in 1977 here: