Legendary Rock and Roll fame Glenn Frey, Eagle’s guitarist and the rebel who penned the most successful songs like ‘Hotel California ‘ and ‘Life in the fast lane’ passed away on Monday in New York. He was 67 years old.
Frey, co- founder of the Eagles , died of complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks, the official facebook statement by the band said.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York…
Frey was born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs. In the earlier 1970s, along with the drummer Don Henley, guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner he formed the band Eagles in Los Angeles. The Eagles album “Thier greatest hits 1971-75” and “Hotel California” are among the most successful song in the Rock n Roll history. Before breaking up in 1980 the band released six albums.
Melodic Californian sound is the main highlight of Eagles. Don Henley, In a facebook statement called Frey as the spark plug behind the Eagles. His statement is as follows:
“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.”
The Eagles reunited in the year 1994. The “Hell freezes over”, an album title jokingly referring to Henley’s statement that the band will reunite only when the ‘hell freezes over’ ,released after the reunion is one of the world’s best concert acts including many hit songs.
After the disbanding in 1980, Frey had a successful solo career. His solo hits includes “The One You Love” and “The Heat Is On”. He also took a side career as an actor, including a starring role in Lets Get Harry and a small role in Jerry Maguire. During his solo career, Frey had 12 charting songs in the US top 100.
As a member of the legendary Eagles, Frey won six Grammy awards and five American Music awards.
Frey is survived by his amiable wife, Cindy, and their three Children.
On May 8 2012, Glenn released his first solo album in 20 years ‘After Hours’, a collection of Pop Standards from 1940 to 1960.