News and Updates

Glenn Frey 1948-2016

Written by Ken Murdock

Southern California Rock and Roll star Glenn Frey died after a long fight with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. He is survived by his loving family and remembered by his Eagles bandmates and will never be forgotten by his adoring fans. The legendary hit maker co-wrote some of my favorite classic songs as a member of Eagles. Frey won 6 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, and as a solo artist and with Eagles combined, Glenn Frey released 24 Top 40 singles on the BillboardHot 100. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. I have sang “Hotel California” with countless bars full of people with cover bands and usually pretty awful karaoke, but when that song comes on everyone sings along. I have had drinks in The Hotel California in Laguna Beach, just 20 minutes from where I live, and every time that song runs through my head. I have been floating on the river with friends as we blared the Eagles over and over. Had their music at deafening levels in my cars for road trips. EAGLES are americana music at it’s best and is on ever Classic Rock station with multiple hits. Their concerts were more like a family reunion with friends then they were a concert.


Here is what the GRAMMYs had to say:

The Recording Academy® re: Glenn Frey
Jan. 18, 2016

As a founding member of the Eagles, Glenn Frey was an integral part of one of the most storied bands in pop history. His songwriting, especially with bandmate Don Henley, resulted in some of the biggest hits and standards of the ’70s, including songs like “Desperado,” “One Of These Nights,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Hotel California.” The latter two earned the Eagles two of their six GRAMMY Awards. Desperado and the milestone album Hotel California, along with its title track, have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall OF Fame. The band’s Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975 remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, a testament to the enduring music that Glenn played a significant role in creating. Glenn’s untimely passing is a huge loss for the music community, and we offer our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and fans.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy


Here is Glenn and the band acceptance speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards.

Glenn also collaborated on songs for several tv shows & movies and let’s not forget that he was an actor too, but his words will always ring through on the radio wave giving his fans, like me, comfort.

I am so glad that I finally got to see this amazing musician/singer with the Eagles live in concert after they reunited to tour again. That was a great check on my Legend’s List.

This Desperado has a Heartache Tonight hoping that Glenn Frey is Taking it Easy in heaven because Hell is Freezing Over and thank you for all the Peaceful Easy Feelings.

Now pardon me while I switch from listening to Bowie and sing along to SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD, my favorite Eagles song, about a million times in a row.

Executive Producer

K.C. Murdock

Follow @DowntheRoadShow on Twitter & Instagram

Like our Facebook

Subscribe to our YouTube for Celebrity Interviews and Nerdy coverage of Comic Cons and more……….

About the author

Ken Murdock

Leave a Comment