Glenn Frey Heartache Tonight

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Submitted by Don Graham

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Glenn Frey, a founding member of the legendary classic rock band the Eagles, died on January 18, 2016 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. The colitis and pneumonia were a result of the reaction to the meds he took for the rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years. He was 67 years old.

The band posted on their official website “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder Glenn Frey, in New York City.The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.

Frey had been ill and in December of 2015 the Eagles postponed their appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors due to Frey’s illness. At the time the statement from the band said Frey “has had a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”  The Eagles will be honored in the 2016 ceremony.

Glenn grew up in Detroit and  played guitar and sang background  vocals on his  hometown pal Bob Seger‘s first big hit, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.” But a move to Los Angeles in the 1970s saw Glenn at the genesis of the new country rock sound. Teaming up with J.D Souther to form Longbranch Pennywhistleand the duo eventually teamed up with Jackson Browne and Don Henley and Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon and formed the Eagles. They backed up young up and comer Linda Ronstadt before she convinced them to form their own band. And the Eagles were born. Glenn was responsible for writing some of the band’s most popular and surprisingly what with  his Midwestern and rock roots, country flavoured songs, including “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Lyin’ Eyes.”

The Eagles were one of the biggest rock bands of all time and pioneered the easy-going sound of late-’70s L.A. rock. Their 1976 album, Their Greatest Hits, is the second-highest selling album of all time, according to the RIAA, which has certified it as 29x platinum. Only Michael Jackson’s Thriller has sold more units.

Don Henley said of the passing of his friend and bandmate, “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.” Henley called him “the man with the plan.”

The lyrics of a song from the Eagles Long Road Out Eden album and co-written by Glenn are a nice way of saying goodbye.

It’s Your World Now

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin' low,as evening falls,
the gentle breezes blow

The time we shared went by so fast, just like a dream,

we knew it couldn't last

But I'd do it all again if I could, somehow but I must be leavin' soon,

It's your world now

It's your world now, my race is run
I'm moving on, like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes, no tears allowed
You'll be alright
It's your world now

But first a kiss, one glass of wine
Just one more dance while there's still time
My one last wish: someday, you'll see how hard I tried
and how much you meant to me.

Frey is survived by his wife Cindy and children Taylor, Deacon and Otis.