Eagle Glenn Frey Flies Into Eternity

Glenn Frey (Photo credit: Steve Alexander)

Glenn Frey (Photo credit: Steve Alexander)

I’m just hearing that Glenn Frey of the Eagles has died today at the age of 67.  I hadn’t heard anything about him being ill before this, but reports say it was due to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery.

The Eagles is a band that I can remember from my earliest days of childhood; they broke up the first time when I was just a kid. I’ve always been an enthusiastic Eagles listener, even after hearing the same songs for over 30 years.  Their music crossed such seemingly discordant genres, from country to rock and roll, that the Eagles had a near universal appeal among the public. Along with Don Henley, Frey was the heart and driving force of the Eagles from beginning to end.

Probably my favorite that Frey was lead guitar on was “One of These Nights”.

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“Tequila Sunrise” was another great one, with Frey singing lead on this one.

Probably my favorite Eagles song was “I Can’t Tell You Why,” and though Frey didn’t sing lead on it, as always, he made a significant musical contribution to it.

Then, after the Eagles broke up and he went solo, one of my very favorites was “You Belong to the City.” The sax and the whole mood on that song is awesome.

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Another great solo of Frey’s was “Strange Weather.” Not one of his bigger hits, but I’ve always loved it enough to listen to it over and over.

The world has lost an extremely talented musician.

If he ever surrendered his will to Jesus Christ, I didn’t hear about it, which doesn’t bode well for him in eternity. Eagles fly, but according to the Bible, if you don’t avail yourself of your Creator’s pardon for your sins through Jesus Christ, you don’t do any flying.  To turn a pun in a most unfortunate situation, if Frey didn’t receive his Creator’s pardon, then The Heat is On. And if you’re there, it’s no laughing matter.

I hope somewhere along the way, he made things right.

One of These Nights

Tequila Sunrise

I Can’t Tell You Why

You Belong to the City

Strange Weather

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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