Frey, Glenn

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Glenn Frey

Singer, songwriter, guitarist

For the Record

Selected discography


The breakup of the Eagles resulted in most of the band members going solo. Only two, though drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glenn Freywere to find success quickly. Frey was the first to strike out on his own, soaring comfortably into an admirable new career unhindered by the poisoned delights and sundown despair of the California dream associated with the Eagles.

Freys first solo album, No Fun Aloud, is characterized as having a casually polished, r&b-tinged surface that barely conceals a prodigiously talented singer/songwriter. Reviewers indicate much of the album is fun, like the rousing Partytown (complete with backup vocals from such revelers as controversial tennis star John McEnroe) and the bullish remake of Ive Been Born Again. The upbeat, unpretentious air is rounded out with the inclusion of sweet melodies and gentle lyrics in pieces like the Spanish-sounding She Cant Let Go and The One You Love. Longtime friend and fellow Detroiter Bob Seger collaborated with Frey on That Girl, a weeper in which Freys understated vocal is dramatically colored by David Wolinskis distant organ trill and a string arrangement that sounds like a spring rain. While Rolling Stone suggests the album might have benefited from more rhythmic punch, the reviewer thought it nonetheless will do nicely if youre drinking a beer right now.

Despite an agressive and successful foray into the solo scene, Frey was to receive harsher critiques down the line. His third album, Soul Searchin, is a case in point. While the package looks good and the songs sound good to the casual listener, according to People reviewer David Hiltbrand, they were still little gems that possess not a whit of warmth or sincerity. Comparing Frey to former Eagle Don Henley, Hiltbrand goes so far as to suggest Freys work doesnt have the intelligence and feeling that mark Henleys records. On Soul Searchin in particular, he asserts, Freys shifting vocals seem to underscore what otherwise appears to be sincerity. His talents do carry him through on such slick pieces as True Love with its meaty organ licks and smoky horns, the Springsteenish Working Man, and 70s bubblegum-soul-sounding Lets Pretend Were Still in Love, but they still seem, to Hiltbrand, contrived, the album title a farce. If Frey were to embark on a soul search, Hiltbrand claims, you can rest assured hell be back empty-handed and in time for lunch.

For Frey, just being in the business after so many years is a good sign. He feels he is part of a group of musicians none of whom thought we would be doing it this long. Part of their strength and continuing popularity,

For the Record

Surname pronounced Fry; born November 6, 1948, in Detroit, Mich.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist; performed as member of backup bands for Bo Diddley and Linda Ronstadt; member of group Longbranch Penny Whistle; founding member of the Eagles, 1971-81; solo artist, 1981. Also actor and commercial spokesperson.

Awards: Co-recipient (with other members of the Eagles) of Grammy Awards for best pop vocal performance by a group, 1975, for Lyin Eyes; for record of the year, 1977, for Hotel California; for best arrangement for voices, 1977, for New Kid In Town; and for best rock vocal performance by a group, 1979, for Heartache Tonight.

Addresses: Office c/o Triad Artists Inc., 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 16th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

he asserts, comes from the fact that many fans from the early days are still with him, still wanting to rock and roll. They continue to share a similar outlook on life and want people from their generation to speak for them. So Frey maintains a good attitude about his music and his career. Im realistic enough about my own solo career so that I dont anticipate having the sort of success I achieved with the Eagles. The late 1980s also saw Frey branch out into acting, appearing in a dramatic role on NBC-TVs Miami Vice that was favorably reviewed by critics, and in television commercials promoting a national chain of health and fitness gyms.

Selected discography

Solo LPs

No Fun Aloud, Asylum, 1982.

Allnighter, MCA, 1984.

Soul Searchin, MCA, 1988.


High Fidelity, September 1982.

New York Times, September 14, 1988.

People, October 10, 1988.

Rolling Stone, August 5, 1982.

Meg Mac Donald