Glenn Frey was born November 6, 1948 in Detroit and raised in the suburb of Royal Oak, Michigan. He discovered a love for music early, taking up piano at age 5. He later switched to guitar and entered the Detroit music scene. He founded and broke up numerous bands while searching for his sound.
Frey's first professional gig was as a guitar player and backup singer on the Bob Seger hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" in 1968. He arrived in LA soon after not to pursue music, but a woman--then girlfriend Joan Sliwin. The move proved fortuitous. Joan's sister, Alexandra, introduced him to California rocker J.D. Souther, followed by Jackson Browne. The three shared an apartment together and began collaborating on songs.
Souther's girlfriend, Linda Rondstadt, hired Frey, Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon, and Don Henley to back her up for one gig. The backup band went on to form the legendary supergroup, the Eagles.
Frey and Henley wrote and sang on numerous hits. Frehy's contributions included such legendary songs as "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid in Town," and "Take It Easy."
Lyin Eyes - 1977
New Kid In Town (Live)
Take It Easy
The band broke up in 1980, swearing Hell would "freeze over" before they would play together again. Frey went on to enjoy a successful solo career and dipped his toes into acting. He guest starred on a Miami Vice episode entitled "Smuggler's Blues," inspired by his hit song, and also appeared in the "Dead Dog Arc" storyline of Wiseguy. He was cast to star in South of Sunset, but the show was killed after a single episode aired. He later appeared on Nash Bridges (starring former Miami Vice heartthrob Don Johnson) and on the HBO show Arli$$.
Frey, Henley and company made amends and came together again as a band in 2012. They embarked on the cheekily named "Hell Freezes Over" tour and participated in a four-hour documentary that originally appeared on Showtime.
Frey went to Rock and Roll Heaven on January 18, 2016 following complications from multiple illnesses. He is survived by wife Cindy Millican, daughter Taylor, and sons Deacon and Otis.
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