The WINTER OF DEATH has claimed another rock legend. GLENN FREY of the EAGLES passed away yesterday, of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. He was 67.
He’d been battling intestinal issues for months and had major surgery back in November. His condition took a turn for the worse over the weekend.
Glenn co-wrote and sang most of the Eagles hits, including “Take It Easy”, “One of These Nights”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, and “Heartache Tonight”, among others. He also co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with DON HENLEY.
After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Glenn had a string of solo hits, including “The Heat Is On” from “Beverly Hills Cop” . . . and“You Belong to the City” and “Smuggler’s Blues”, both from “Miami Vice”.
He also did some acting, beginning with an episode of “Miami Vice”. He was in seven episodes of “Wiseguy”, and starred in a short lived series called “South of Sunset” in 1993.
He was also in a couple movies, most notably “Jerry Maguire”, where he played the general manager of the Arizona Cardinals . . . (Spoiler) the guy who FINALLY showed CUBA GOODING JR. the money at the end.
As a member of the Eagles, Glenn won six Grammys, and five American Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Glenn first met Don Henley in 1970, when they played together in LINDA RONSTADT’S backing band. They formed the Eagles a year later.
In a long statement, Henley said, quote, “He was like a brother to me. We were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved . . . It’ll be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But I’ll be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.”
The WINTER OF DEATH has been particularly hard on rock ‘n’ roll, with the passings of Scott Weiland, Lemmy, and David Bowie. Also, on Sunday, Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin died from Alzheimer’s. Like Glenn, he was 67.
(Coincidentally, Mott the Hoople is best-known for “All the Young Dudes“, which David Bowie wrote for them in 1972.)