Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, died on January 18, 2016 at age 67 from intestinal issues.
Born in Detroit in 1948, Frey played in some local bands in the late ’60s, one of which was called The Mushrooms, for whom Bob Seger wrote their first single and made television appearances to promote it. Frey’s first professional recording experience came in 1968, playing acoustic guitar and singing background vocals on Seger’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.” It was Seger who told Frey that the way to make it in the music industry was to write your own songs, advice that Frey took to heart.
In 1969, Frey set out to Los Angeles, where he and songwriter J.D. Souther formed the duo Longbranch Pennywhistle. It was during this time that he met Jackson Browne, and all three lived in the same apartment building.
The following year, Frey met Don Henley and they went on to back Linda Ronstadt along with Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon. After a tour with her in 1971 they formed the Eagles.
Frey underwent intestinal surgery in November, which forced the Eagles to postpone their acceptance of the Kennedy Center Honors in December.
In tribute to his passing, we have gathered some photos of Glenn Frey over the years. Flip through the photos below to see Glenn in all of his glory.
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Check it out: Glenn Frey Photo Tribute (November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016)