The Country Format Celebrates, Mourns Eagles Co-Founder Glenn Frey
January 19, 2016 at 1:22 PM (PT)
The Country music community is still reeling TODAY (1/19) after YESTERDAY's (1/18) passing of EAGLES co-founder GLENN FREY (NET NEWS 1/18). Though FREY and the EAGLES were never "officially" Country artists, their music had a profound impact on the format and its artists, including the crossover that came from the 1993 album "Common Thread: The Songs Of THE EAGLES," which featured top Country artists of the time covering EAGLES hits.
Programmers, jocks, and industry professionals have spent nearly 24 hours sharing photos, concert footage, memories, and their favorite songs via FACEBOOK. Our own ALL ACCESS NASHVILLE Editor RJ CURTIS shared what FREY and the EAGLES meant to him, and his fondest memories of the group in a special edition of "THE 'VILLE" this WEEK. Check out RJ's thoughts on what made FREY and the EAGLES such a special part of life, and our format, here, and feel free to leave your own comments and tributes there, as well.
As the format comes together to celebrate FREY's life and body of work, Country artists are taking to social media to share their experiences with, love for, and admiration of FREY. Artists, including KEITH URBAN and BRETT ELDREDGE have simply let the music do the talking when words of grief have failed. URBAN took to FACEBOOK last NIGHT (1/18) to share his version of the EAGLES classic, "Take It Easy," on the piano. His tender rendition can be seen here. ELDREDGE offered up an acapella version of "Desperado" via INSTAGRAM this MORNING (1/19) in honor of FREY. The touching clip is available here.
Longtime friend and fan TRAVIS TRITT remarked via FACEBOOK, "GLENN FREY and the music he created alone and with the EAGLES have been such an inspiration to me. We first met at the video shoot for my version of 'Take It Easy' in 1993. He always went out of his way to acknowledge and encourage me ever since. I'm a better person, better musician, and a better songwriter having met him."
Perhaps no other artist's reaction was more poignant than EAGLES co-founder and lifelong friend DON HENLEY, who shared his thoughts via FACEBOOK yesterday (1/18). "He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction," HENLEY said. "But ,the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the EAGLES were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to LOS ANGELES with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry -- and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, IRVING AZOFF, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed...We brought our two-year 'HISTORY OF THE EAGLES TOUR' to a triumphant close at the end of JULY and now he is gone. I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with GLENN LEWIS FREY in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet...I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some." Read HENLEY's full tribute to FREY here.