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Glenn Frey

  • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
  • Birthday: November 06
Date of passing: 
January 18, 2016

Glenn Frey was a musician and performer best known for being one of the founding members of the platinum-selling rock band the Eagles. 

The Eagles’ and Frey’s solo music were featured in dozens of movies and television series, including the films Urban Cowboy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Beverly Hills Cop, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Thelma & Louise, The Big Lebowski and Joy. As well as the television series WKRP in Cincinnati, Knight Rider, EastEnders, Married with Children, Miami Vice, Baywatch, The X-Files, Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Simpsons and South Park.

Frey was also an actor, and appeared on the television shows Miami Vice (for which he wrote and performed the song "Smuggler's Blues), Wiseguy, South of Sunset, Nash Bridges and Arli$$. Additionally, he had roles in the films Let’s Get Harry and Jerry Maguire.

Glenn Frey was a musician and performer best known for being one of the founding members of the platinum-selling rock band the Eagles. 

The Eagles’ and Frey’s solo music were featured in dozens of movies and television series, including the films Urban Cowboy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Beverly Hills Cop, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Thelma & Louise, The Big Lebowski and Joy. As well as the television series WKRP in Cincinnati, Knight Rider, EastEnders, Married with Children, Miami Vice, Baywatch, The X-Files, Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Simpsons and South Park.

Frey was also an actor, and appeared on the television shows Miami Vice (for which he wrote and performed the song "Smuggler's Blues), Wiseguy, South of Sunset, Nash Bridges and Arli$$. Additionally, he had roles in the films Let’s Get Harry and Jerry Maguire.

Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he played in local bands and connected with other new artists on the scene, including Bob Seger. After relocating to Los Angeles, Frey met musician J.D. Souther and aspiring songwriter Jackson Browne. Frey and Souther formed Longbranch Pennywhistle, but were largely unsuccessful as a duo. The two later became part of the backing band for Linda Ronstadt, and which Frey ventured out on his own, forming the Eagles with Don Henley in 1971.

The band had a long string of hits, including “Take It Easy,” "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Desperado," "Tequila Sunrise," "Best of My Love," "Witchy Woman," “One of These Nights,” "Already Gone” and, arguably Frey’s defining song, “New Kid in Town.” The Eagles split in 1980, and Frey embarked on a solo career, but the band reunited in 1994 for the album Hell Freezes Over.

In 1998, the Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Frey died January 18, 2016, in New York City. He was 67.

 

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