Glenn Frey, one of the original members of The Eagles, has died at the age of 67, it was announced Jan. 18 by the group on the Eagles’ website. “It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of our comrade, 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.”
Frey was born in 1948 and became a guitarist after being inspired by the Beatles. After moving to California, he hooked up with John David Souther and formed the group Longbranch Pennywhistle, which released an album that also included Ry Cooder and Doug Kershaw.
Frey took on a role in Linda Ronstadt’s backup band, then hooked up with Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner and formed the Eagles. Frey co-authored “Take It Easy,” the group’s first single that went to No. 12 on the Billboard singles chart. The group’s self-titled debut album went to No. 22 on the U.S. album chart. Their next two albums, “Desperado” and “On the Border,” only made the top 50, but it was 1975’s “One of These Nights” that became the first of four straight No. 1 albums. It was followed by “Eagles”/”Their Greatest Hits,” “Hotel California” and “The Long Run.” The Eagles were inducted in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Frey released his first solo album, “No Fun Aloud,” in 1982. His song “The Heat Is On,” from the soundtrack of the movie “Beverly Hills Cop,” became a No. 2 hit on the Billboard Top 200 in 1984.
Tributes from his fellow musicians began appearing rapidly once the news was announced. Songwriter Carole King tweeted, “R.I.P. Glenn Frey. Deepest condolences to his family and #Eagles.” Singer Huey Lewis posted, “Glenn Frey. I’m shocked. A brilliant songwriter and a really good guy. Talented, funny, cynical and sweet. – Huey.” Paul Stanley of KISS wrote, “Shocked to report the death of Glenn Frey. Eagle & brilliant songwriter. We shared some memories at RRHOF. Shocked.. “ The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz posted, “Joining the heavenly band.” Will Lee of the Fab Faux and David Letterman’s backup band posted online in tribute today, “Crushed about the news of Glenn Frey’s passing-I always had the greatest time playing & hanging with him. RIP, Good Sir.”