The music world lost one of the greats Monday when Glenn Frey, a founding member of legendary group The Eagles, died at 67 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis and other illnesses.
Frey originally formed the Eagles in the early 1970s with Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon, as a backup band for Linda Ronstadt. Their laid-back, breezy sound spawned iconic hits that made them superstars in their own rights, going on to sell more than 100 million records worldwide and earning an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Fans played “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California” long after the rise of auto-tune and manufactured pop stars.
After the band’s breakup in 1980, Frey had success as a solo artist with hits like “You Belong to the City” and “The Heat is On.” He reunited with The Eagles in 1994 for the Hell Freezes Over Tour and continued to play with the band over the years.
Gone but forever with us through music, raise a glass of tequila sunrise and blast these 10 tunes in honor of Frey.
Take It Easy
Frey famously added “”it’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford / slowing down to take a look at me” to the Eagles’ debut single, which introduced the world to the band’s laid-back blend of country and rock.
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Frey sings lead vocals in one of the band’s most popular songs, which reached No. 22 on the charts.
Co-written in 1973 by Frey and Henley for Desperado, Frey croons “wonder why the right words never come / you just get numb” with his signature melancholy tenor that always resonated with fans.
One of These Nights
“One of These Nights” was Frey’s favorite Eagles song. He penned the title track of the Eagles’ 1975 album with Henley.
Perhaps the Eagles’ best-known song, Frey wrote the lyrics to “Hotel California,” which won the 1977 Grammy for Record of the Year.
Frey assumed lead vocal duties on the first single released from the band’s 1974 album On the Border.
“Heartache Tonight” was probably your anthem back in the day and, with the passing of Frey and David Bowie in a week span, it may be your anthem today. Frey co-wrote the chart-topper with Henley, Bob Seger and J.D. Souther and sang lead. The song received the Grammy for best rock vocal performance by a duo or group.
You Belong to the City
Frey showed off his solo prowess in “You Belong to the City,” which he wrote for TV show Miami Vice in 1985. The tune peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks and helped the Miami Vice soundtrack reach the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for 11 weeks in 1985, making it one of the most successful TV soundtracks ever. That same year, Frey tried his hand at acting by making an appearance on the hit show.
The Heat Is On
Another solo smash, Frey recorded “The Heat is On” for Beverly Hills Cop. The mid-to-up-tempo track reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the video was frequently in the MTV rotation back when the channel played music videos.
New Kid In Town
Frey, Henley and Souther came together to pen “New Kid in Town,” the first single off Hotel California. Frey took on lead vocals, and Henley provided the harmonies.