Glenn Frey, leader and founder of the Eagles, would have turned 76 today.
heritage What Frey has left to American music is enormous. With unforgettable classics and an impeccable work ethic, the Detroit musician is responsible for the flames that ignited one of American rock’s most iconic bands.
On rock radio, we remember how he performed 10 of those songs with voice Glenn Frey…
Don’t take it to heart
The single that started it all for the Eagles was mostly written by their friend, the great Jackson Browne. Frey added a few lines that changed the meaning of the song, and the result was a great introduction to the mix of country and rock that made them world famous.
Peaceful light feeling
Of the Eagles’ early songs, this one is most associated with Frey. From their 1972 debut album, it epitomizes the laid-back vibe of the band’s early days. Frey sounds like a folk singer, inspired by numerous nights of acoustic shows at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Compulsory.
From the album Desperado, Frey’s interpretation of Tequila Sunrise is great, where every chord is exactly in its place, and the vibrato brings her out of her melancholy. The voice of the Eagles leader here becomes the group’s registered trademark in its first phase.
Out of control
In “Out Of Control” we find one of Frey’s most powerful interpretations. In the middle of the old west concept that flooded Desperado, this more rocky version felt like an oasis in the middle of an ocean of calmer, more acoustic songs. Frey is also responsible for the guitar solo.
For their third album, “On The Border”, the Eagles decided to add more rock to their formula. Less kindness and more cruelty from producer Bill Shimchik. The band allowed themselves to stretch their legs a little more, and on this classic track with stronger guitars, Frey sounds relaxed and liberated, welcoming the new scene.
With the help of his friends and collaborators Jackson Browne and J.D. Souter, Frey wrote a heavy rock composition for 1950s movie star James Dean. A lively, impetuous portrait of one of the first rebels of the countercultural revolution.
The carnivorous culture of Los Angeles is captured perfectly in this Eagles classic. And Frey got his inspiration just by looking at a beautiful girl along with the tycoon. And all this with some of the best vocal harmonies the band has achieved in their entire career, accompanied by timeless acoustic guitars.
After the thrill is gone
In 1975, the Eagles’ records were split between Glenn Frey songs and Don Henley songs, with very little room for the rest of the band. And since Frey left much of Henley’s vocal fame behind, one of the few songs he sang on “One Of These Nights” was this great ballad that’s somewhat underrated in the band’s catalogue.
New in town
Glenn Frey only sings one of the songs in “Hotel California” in the lead, and that’s the giant “New Kid In Town”. Written with Don Henley and JD Sauter, with lyrics that talk about how quickly love can fade, we can interpret it as a way to interpret success and fame as fleeting. It was the first single from the album, which in itself has already become a real milestone for the band.
This track from the album “The Long Run” is apparently about the winners and losers of the summer game. But in hindsight, the scathing lyrics Frey sings directly allude to the problems the Eagles faced in the late 1970s, leading to a 14-year hiatus. Either way, an irreplaceable classic.