Glenn Frey was a long haired kid from Detroit raised on Motown, when he became part of the backing band for Linda Ronstadt. Ambitious, talented and driven, he broke out on his own to form The Eagles with Don Henley.
The four founding Eagles came from different places — Texas, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska, but they became the definition of the Southern California sound. The band released their debut album, "Eagles", in 1972, which spawned three hit singles: "Take It Easy", "Witchy Woman", and "Peaceful Easy Feeling". The hits kept on coming, they went on to sell over 150 million albums, including the best selling album of all time, "The Eagles Greatest Hits", sold out concert tours, and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
While all this was happening, Glenn Frey was battling health problems. As far back as the 1980s, he had been forced to cancel gigs to deal with chronic intestinal problems. His rheumatoid arthritis grew worse over the years. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2015 and put on powerful drugs to fight it. With a weakened immune system he developed pneumonia and passed away on January 18, 2016.
Don Henley said The Eagles could not go on without him, but after some time it was decided that Glenn's son Deacon would join the band along with Vince Gill.
Glenn Frey left such a huge catalog of songs it's hard to pick out which one is best, but RollingStone.com put together a list of songs and their background stories.
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