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Glenn Frey, 1948–2016
Glenn Frey, co-founder of six-time GRAMMY-winning band the Eagles, died Jan. 18 from a combination of complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was 67.
As one of the principal songwriters for the Eagles, Frey co-wrote many of the group's '70s classics, including "Best Of My Love," "One Of These Nights," "Take It To The Limit," and "Hotel California." Adding an extra dimension to the Eagles' breezy country-rock California sound, Frey also sang hits such as "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid In Town," and "Heartache Tonight."
Frey scored solo success in the '80s with a pair of gold albums, No Fun Aloud (1982) and The Allnighter (1984), and hits such as "The Heat Is On," "You Belong To The City" and "True Love." The Eagles reunited in 1994 for the hugely anticipated Hell Freezes Over Tour, which ultimately became the top-grossing tour in 1995. The group continued to be among the music industry's most successful touring acts, ranking No. 30 on Pollstar's top North American tours of 2015.
The Eagles released their most recent studio album, Long Road Out Of Eden, in 2007, with the tracks "How Long" earning a GRAMMY for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for 2007 and "I Dreamed There Was No War" (written by Frey) winning Best Pop Instrumental Performance for 2008. The group has three recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including their 1976 album Hotel California and its Record Of The Year-winning title track.
"As a founding member of the Eagles, Glenn Frey was an integral part of one of the most storied bands in pop history," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Glenn's untimely passing is a huge loss for the music community, and we offer our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and fans."