Glenn Frey, Dies at 67


BY MATT ALPERT Wide Open Country

Glenn Frey, a founder of the legendary rock and roll band The Eagles, has died.

Frey reportedly died from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

The late singer had been suffering from intestinal issues for several months, but his condition worsened during the holiday. He underwent surgery in November, forcing the Eagles to postpone their December performance at the Kennedy Center Honors. His condition worsened this past week. Frey died in New York City.

Frey co-wrote and sang on a significant portion of the Eagle’s catalog of hits, including “Take It Easy”,”Lyin’ Eyes”, “Hotel California”, “Desperado”, “Tequila Sunrise” and so many more. He was a prolific writer and a gifted musician.

Although, his musical career was not limited to the Eagles. When the band separated in the 80s, Frey had a successful solo career with “The Heat Is On” and “You Belong to the City”.

Frey later rejoined the Eagles in ’94, and continued to record and tour with them until his passing.

“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction,” said Don Henley, according to TMZ. “But the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken. We built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But Glenn was the one who started it all.”

We’ll miss you, Glenn.

Glenn Frey, The Eagles made mark on Music Row

 Dave Paulson, 7:42 p.m. CST January 18, 2016

Don Henley and Glenn Frey of The Eagles perform at The Sommet Center in Nashville on Sept. 18, 2008.  Samuel M. Simpkins / The Tennessean

As news spread Monday evening about the death of Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, many reflected on the band's influence. Even as The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, their wildly successful country-rock has made various splashes on Music Row over the years.

1975’s “Lyin’ Eyes” (co-written and sung by Frey) was a Top 10 hit on the country chart. An all-star country tribute to the band, “Common Thread: The Songs of The Eagles,” won the CMA Award for album of the year in 1994. The band’s final album, 2007’s “Long Road Out of Eden,” produced two more singles that charted on country radio: “Busy Being Fabulous” and “How Long.”

The latter song was written by Middle Tennessee resident J.D. Souther, who co-wrote many Eagles singles with Frey.

In a Facebook post Monday, Souther remembered his "dear little brother."

"Glenn Frey was my first songwriting partner and best friend when we set out to realize our dreams of making great music in Los Angeles," Souther wrote. "... His amazing capacity for the big joke and that brilliant groove that lived inside him are with me, even now, in this loss and sorrow. I will miss him every day. ..."

Frey died Monday in New York City at the age of 67 after complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, according to a statement posted on the band's website.

Country singer Travis Tritt met Frey in 1993 at the video shoot for Tritt's version of the Eagles hit "Take It Easy." In a statement Monday, Tritt said, "Glenn Frey and the music he created alone and with The Eagles have been such an inspiration to me. ... I'm a better person, better musician and a better songwriter having met him."

After the release of “Eden,” Frey performed with The Eagles at the 2007 and 2008 CMA Awards in Nashville, as well two more tour stops at Bridgestone Arena in 2008 and 2013.