Yesterday was [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Glenn Frey[/lastfm]’s 63rd birthday!
And once again, Jack FM totally forgot.
Looks like we need to start taking our gingko biloba again.
Following the breakup of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eagles[/lastfm] in 1980, singer and guitarist Glenn Frey took a cue from fellow member [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Don Henley[/lastfm] and embarked on his own successful solo carer.
Glenn’s first album as a solo artist was 1982’s No Fun Aloud. The album, well-received by critics, was a moderate commercial hit. No Fun Aloud peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and produced the Top 40 singles “The One You Love” and “I Found Somebody.”
The Allnighter followed two years later, and it became Glenn Frey’s most successful solo album to date. It went to #22 on the charts and sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S. The single “Smuggler’s Blues” was a hit on both pop and rock radio, and its video even won an MTV Video Music Award.
Also in 1984, Glenn recorded “The Heat Is On” for the soundtrack to the movie Beverly Hills Cop. The single peaked at #2 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and topped the charts in several other countries as well.
Glenn Frey’s success continued in ’85 with “You Belong to the City,” a single featured on the Miami Vice soundtrack. “You Belong to the City,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day, went to #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while the soundtrack itself spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard 200, becoming one of the most successful TV soundtracks of all time.
Glenn released two more solo albums, Soul Searchin’ and Strange Weather, before reuniting with the Eagles in 1994. However, both sold poorly and were considered commercial disappointments.
In ’98, Glenn Frey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles, and the band’s most recent release was 2007’s multi-platinum seller Long Road Out of Eden.
In addition to his music career, Glenn has delved into the world of acting, guest-starring on such shows as Miami Vice, Nash Bridges and Arli$$, and also in movies like Let’s Get Harry and Jerry Maguire.
At a recent show in Canada, Glenn Frey announced he had been working on a new album of cover songs entitled After Hours. The album is expected to be released early next year.
Here’s Glenn and the rest of the Eagles performing their 1972 hit “Take It Easy.” Jack FM once stood on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. But then the cops came and told us to move it along.
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