Glenn Frey has passed away at age 67

Ryan Solano, Feature

Eagles rock band founder, Glenn Frey, has passed away at age 67.

After fighting with rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, Frey gave his final goodbyes in New York City on Monday. His legacy as a singer/songwriter will never be forgotten.

Born and raised in Detroit, Frey made the voyage to California hoping to be the world’s next rockstar. Upon arrival in the golden state, Frey met up with other aspiring songwriters including Don Henley, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon, all who would eventually come to be original members of the Eagles.

The Eagles took control of the music industry in the 1970s producing 24 top 40 hits. Among the most memorable are “Take it Easy” in 1972, “Peaceful Easy Feeling” in 1972, “Lyin’ Eyes” in 1975, “Hotel California” in 1976, and “Heartache Tonight” in 1979.

In the 1980s the Eagles disbanded. When asked if the band would ever reunite, one band member commented, “When hell freezes over.” Ironically enough, the band did come back together in 1994 to produce another album. The title of the album was fittingly “Hell Freezes Over”.

During the disbandment, Frey launched his solo career that yielded chart topping singles like “You Belong to the City” in 1985 and “The Heat Is On” in 1984. Frey also found luck as an actor. His most famous role was in an episode of Miami Vice. The episode’s storyline had been inspired by one of Frey’s song, “Smuggler’s Blues.” The episode also borrowed this title.

Glenn Frey will be missed  but his legacy surely will not be forgotten. “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,” the former band members exclaimed.

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