Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Frey Like an Eagle

Maybe they will name a day after him.  

Oh, wait, they already have.

"Glenn Frey, 67; Eagles guitarist, singer, songwriter" by Hillel Italie Associated Press  January 19, 2016

NEW YORK — Glenn Frey, a rock ’n’ roll rebel from Detroit who journeyed West, cofounded the Eagles, and with Don Henley became one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as ‘‘Hotel California’’ and ‘‘Life in the Fast Lane,’’ died Monday in New York.

Mr. Frey’s health problems dated to the 1980s. He would blame in part his years of ‘‘burgers and beer and blow and broads’’ and later became a fitness advocate.

Mr. Frey, a guitarist, and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon (guitarist Joe Walsh replaced Leadon in the mid-1970s) and bassist Randy Meisner (bassist Timothy B. Schmit stepped in after Meisner quit in 1977).

Their popularity grew steadily, and they embodied for many listeners the melodic Los Angeles sound despite having no native Californians in the group. Critics often dismissed them as slick and unadventurous, but their blend of mellow ballads and macho rockers, and of pop and folk and country, gave them unusually broad appeal.

An Eagles greatest-hits collection and ‘‘Hotel California,’’ both released in the 1970s, have sold more than 20 million copies each and are among the best-selling albums of modern times. The band’s total album sales top 100 million copies.

The Eagles’ many hit singles include ‘‘The Best of My Love,’’ ‘‘Desperado,’’ ‘‘One of These Nights,’’ and ‘‘The Long Run.’’ The impulsive Mr. Frey and the more cerebral Henley shared songwriting and singing duties, with Mr. Frey’s drawling tenor featured on ‘‘Heartache Tonight,’’ ‘‘Already Gone,’’ and the group’s breakthrough hit, ‘‘Take it Easy.’’

‘‘Hotel California’’ was their creative peak, the title song a long and intricate rocker that captured the decadence of mid-’70s Los Angeles as unforgettably as ‘‘Take it Easy’’ stood for a more laid-back time. It was the ultimate collaboration between Henley and Mr. Frey, with Henley singing lead and sketching the story of the hotel where ‘‘you can check out anytime, but you can never leave’’ and Mr. Frey filling such conversational touches as ‘‘livin’ it up at the Hotel California.’’

Mr. Frey sang lead on ‘‘New Kid in Town’’ and picked up on an expression, uttered by his drug dealer, that became an Eagles song and popular catchphrase, ‘‘Life in the Fast Lane.’’

The bandmates harmonized memorably on stage and on record but fought often otherwise. Leadon and Meisner departed after run-ins with Mr. Frey.

As a solo artist, Mr. Frey had occasional success with songs including ‘‘The One You Love’’ and ‘‘You Belong to the City.’’ Mr. Frey’s ‘‘The Heat Is On’’ was a hit from the ‘‘Beverly Hills Cop’’ soundtrack, and his ‘‘Smuggler’s Blues’’ inspired a ‘‘Miami Vice’’ episode of the same name....

So many great and memorable songs, but it's time for me to fly like an eagle in tribute.


RelatedSinger Don McLean arrested

I guess he won't be singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie (and the Globe lost another deliverer??) anymore -- along with the drummer from Mott the Hoople.

Also: Ch... Ch... Ch... Changes 

Working on some now....