The Frey-sung “Take It Easy” an eternal desert-island-discs-mixtape track…
By Barbi Martinez
Earlier today at the Eagles’ website the stunning news was posted: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016. Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks, but sadly succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia,” the statement continued. “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.”
Rumors had circulated back during November when the band cited “intestinal issues” for the co-founder, as regards for the group’s inability to appear at the upcoming Kennedy Center Honors awards ceremony.
Frey was a major architect in the country-rock/proto-Americana outfit’s success, of course, and he went on to a successful solo career during the group’s 1980-94 hiatus.
We hear at Blurt would like to express deepest condolences to Frey’s family, friends and surviving bandmembers. Even our editor, who recently wrote about sundry problems he had with the band, hastened to point out that the Frey-sung “Take It Easy” as one of his all-time favorite songs, without qualification. Yeah, it’s a keeper. R.I.P. sir.