The SRO Show – Glenn Frey
After Hours with Glenn Frey
Produced by Lawrence Standifer Stevens
Written by Joseph E. Casanova
They say that deaths come in threes. After Natalie Cole and David Bowie passed, the news arrived of the death of another musical icon, Glenn Frey, formerly of the Eagles.
Whether as a member of the legendary Eagles or on his own, Glenn Frey co-wrote and sang some of the biggest hits of the 70’s and 80’s.
Frey was supposed to join band mates Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt at last year’s Kennedy Center Honors. But they had to postpone the award presentation until December because of his health issues.
Country queen Miranda Lambert gave a soulful rendition of Desperado, which served as a moving tribute to the group.
Born Glenn Lewis Frey in Detroit in 1948, he passed away January 18th, 2016 in New York City at age 67.
Frey met drummer Henley in 1970 and both were eventually hired as part of Linda Ronstadt’s back-up band for a single show, along with Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon. Henley and guitarist Frey later joined Ronstadt’s band on her 1971 summer tour.
Afterwards, they formed the Eagles with Meisner and Leadon in Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut album in 1972 launched three top 40 singles: Witchy Woman, Peaceful Easy Feeling and Take It Easy.
1975's One of These Nights included three top singles, including the chart-topping One of These Nights, Take It to the Limit and Lyin’ Eyes.
The Eagles reached their commercial peak with Hotel California, which sold more than 16 million copies in the US and more than 32 million worldwide.
The group disbanded after the release of 1979’s The Long Run. Frey emerged as a successful solo artist scoring two of the biggest soundtrack hits of the 80’s.
The Heat Is On from Beverly Hills Cop and Smuggler’s Blues and You Belong to the City from TV’s Miami Vice dominated the charts in late ’84 and most of ’85.
Frey contributed Flip City to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack, and Part of Me, Part of You for Thelma & Louise.
2012 saw the release of his first solo record in 20 years, After Hours, featuring his spin on pop standards such as Tony Bennett’s The Shadow of Your Smile and Dusty Springfield’s The Look of Love.
He showed his acting prowess on the small screen with guest spots on Miami Vice, Wiseguy and Nash Bridges as well as a starring role in the short-lived drama South of Sunset.
The day of Glenn Frey’s demise, his family and bandmates posted a moving tribute on Facebook with the song — and lyrics from — It’s Your World Now, a track from the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden. He penned the song with longtime collaborator Jack Tempchin.
We should all follow Frey’s advice and use our time well and “leave something good behind.”