Glenn Frey

While a majority of the people who recognize this name are most likely eighties kids, practically everyone can sing along to his famous hit, Hotel California, or at least hum it. Glenn Frey was co-founder and guitarist of the American rock group, The Eagles. His career in music began when he was the age of 16, when he took up the guitar. He joined and formed many bands before creating The Eagles, including The Mushrooms, The Subterraneans, The Heavy Metal Kids and Longbranch Pennywhistle. By the time the summer of 1971 rolled around, Frey had two other relatively permanent members, Don Henley and Randy Meisner. Together they formed The Eagles, signing with Asylum Records. In 1982, Frey decided to pursue a solo career for a little over ten years recording solo albums such as Soul Searchin’ and Allnighter, before reforming the band in 1993. Just recently, they toured from 2013 to 2015 with the headline ‘History of The Eagles’. It was shortly after the tour that Frey’s health started to decline. Frey died on Jan. 18, 2016, at the age of 67, due to a combination of many health issues including rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. But his soul still stays with his fellow band members and his beloved fans.

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