Published On: Tue, Jan 19th, 2016

Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles, dead at 67

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Guitarist Glenn Frey, a founding member of Southern California rock band the Eagles who co-wrote many of their seminal 1970s hits, died on Monday at age 67, the band said on its website.

Frey died in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, the band said. The Detroit-born Frey and drummer and singer Don Henley co-founded the Eagles in 1971 in Los Angeles after playing as a backup band for rock singer Linda Ronstadt.

 

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The Eagles, whose album, “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, ” is the second-best-selling record of all time in the United States, helped create the freewheeling soundtrack of 1970s America and remain ubiquitous on rock radio nearly half a century later.

Their blend of rock with country music influences fueled their success with hit songs such as “Desperado, ” “Already Gone” and “Take It to the Limit.”

Frey collaborated with drummer Don Henley to co-write many of the band’s biggest hits. While Henley most often sang lead vocals for the band, Frey played guitar and piano, was key to the band’s harmony as a back-up vocalist, and at times sang lead.

 

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