Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passed away on Jan. 18 from complications stemming from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. To honor their late bandmate, the Eagles took the stage at the 58th annual Grammy Awards accompanied by Jackson Browne to perform “Take It Easy,” one of the Eagles’ hits that Frey sang the lead vocals on.
It’s a shame it wasn’t a medley, because Frey sang lead on “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Already Gone” and “Heartache Tonight,” so that would have been a lot of fun. But it was still a sweet tribute, which kicked off with a little video of Frey himself talking about his time in the band.
After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Frey went on to have a successful solo career, particularly with soundtracks. He was responsible for “The Heat Is On” from “Beverly Hills Cop,” “You Belong to the City” and “Smuggler’s Blues” from “Miami Vice,” “Flip City” from “Ghostbusters II” and “Part of Me, Part of You” from “Thelma & Louise.”
Frey is survived by his wife Cindy and three children, a daughter, Taylor and two sons, Deacon and Otis.