Rest in Peace Glenn Frey
Though it has not been a month, the untimely death of Glenn Frey has led many fans to reflect upon the considerable legacy he has left on the music industry. On January 18th, 2016, the Eagles legend, Glenn Frey, passed away after sever complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. While his death left countless fans in deep sorrow, his legacy and impact within the world will always be remembered.
In 1971, the City of Angels was blessed with the formation of the American rock back, the Eagles. During this time, music itself was undergoing a transition where new sounds and new music were beginning to emerge within the mainstream entertainment stratosphere. But for the four talented musicians, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, music was not just about fame or fortune. Instead, it was about the love and expression that they were able to embody within each of their songs. Because of this passion, they were able to form one of the famous American bands and successful musical acts of the 1970s. To date, the Eagles have won six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, six number one albums, five number one singles, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition, the American rock band has two albums, ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California, that are among the twenty best selling albums in the United States with Hotel California ranking 37thin the Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
With such accolades and success, we have to ask ourselves what made this band so great. Few people have said that the four rock stars were just playing at the right place and the right time. But years after the group retired, the melodic guitar riffs and wondrous and calming tones of Take It Easy, Tequila Sunrise, or Hotel California have still made it within the mainstream of society. Whether that was played on one of our favorite television shows or at an outing with some friends, we cannot help but tap our toes to the rhythm and lyrics inspired by Glenn Frey.
During Glenn Frey’s adolescent years, the young musical virtuoso has always had a talent for the industry. Though he studied piano at the young age of 5, young Frey became incredibly influenced by the mid-1960s Detroit rock scene and eventually influenced him to switch to guitar. Soon after his high school years, Frey made the leap to move to Los Angeles and collaborated with Don Henley. Eventually, the rest was history.
With the Eagles, Frey was able to explore a variety of avenues within music. Whether it was singing, writing, producing, acting, or playing guitar or keyboard, Frey could do it all. This eventually led to many of the Eagles’ musical hits such as Take it Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Already Gone, Tequila Sunrise, Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town, Heartache Tonight, How Long, and Hotel California. Glenn Frey’s impact on music eventually became the musical blueprint for many genres of music such as country, rock, independent rock, and much more.
With his passing, his band mates, his family, and most importantly his fans will always remember the legacy he has left for the music community. Thank you Glenn Frey. You are a true inspiration and now you can finally ‘take it easy.’
Originally published at scottstorick.org.