24 Facts About Glenn Frey


Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, guitarist and a founding member of the rock band Eagles.

FactSnippet No. 654,804

Glenn Frey was the co-lead singer and frontman for the Eagles, roles he came to share with fellow member Don Henley, with whom he wrote most of the Eagles' material.

FactSnippet No. 654,805

Immediately after graduating from Dondero in 1966, Glenn Frey was invited to join The Four of Us, a local band led by Gary Burrows, who had seen him performing with the Subterraneans.

FactSnippet No. 654,806

Glenn Frey attended Oakland Community College while in the band, and he learned to sing harmonies performing with The Four of Us.

FactSnippet No. 654,807

Glenn Frey had intended to join Seger's group but his mother blocked that course of action for smoking cannabis with Seger.

FactSnippet No. 654,808

At age 19 in 1968, Glenn Frey played the acoustic guitar and performed background vocals on Seger's single, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man".

FactSnippet No. 654,809

Glenn Frey has said that Seger strongly encouraged and influenced him to focus on writing original songs.

FactSnippet No. 654,810

In Detroit, Glenn Frey met and dated Joan Sliwin of the local female group The Mama Cats, which became Honey Ltd.

FactSnippet No. 654,811

Glenn Frey returned to Detroit after three weeks, but then went back again to Los Angeles to form a duo with Souther called Longbranch Pennywhistle.

FactSnippet No. 654,812

Eagles released the album Long Road Out of Eden in 2007, and Glenn Frey participated in the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden Tour .

FactSnippet No. 654,813

In May 2012, Frey was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music along with Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit.

FactSnippet No. 654,814

Glenn Frey was the first choice to record "Shakedown", the theme for the film Beverly Hills Cop II.

FactSnippet No. 654,815

Glenn Frey did not like the lyrics and then came down with laryngitis, so the song was given to Bob Seger.

FactSnippet No. 654,816

Glenn Frey never released any of his own work on the label, and the company has since disbanded.

FactSnippet No. 654,817

In 2009 Glenn Frey was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

FactSnippet No. 654,818

Glenn Frey was the star of South of Sunset, which was canceled after one episode.

FactSnippet No. 654,819

Glenn Frey did seven episodes of Wiseguy co-starring with Ken Wahl in 1989.

FactSnippet No. 654,820

Glenn Frey's next film appearance was a smaller role in Cameron Crowe's third film, Jerry Maguire .

FactSnippet No. 654,821

Glenn Frey played the frugal general manager of the Arizona Cardinals football team who, in the film's climax, finally agrees to award Cuba Gooding Jr.

FactSnippet No. 654,822

Glenn Frey married dancer and choreographer Cindy Millican in 1990.

FactSnippet No. 654,823

From about 2000, Glenn Frey had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, which affected his joints.

FactSnippet No. 654,824

The medication that he was prescribed to control the disease eventually led to colitis and pneumonia and in November 2015, the Eagles announced they were postponing their appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors because Glenn Frey required surgery for intestinal problems and needed a lengthy recovery period.

FactSnippet No. 654,825

In January 2018, Glenn Frey's widow filed a suit against Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz for the wrongful death of Glenn Frey.

FactSnippet No. 654,826

Glenn Frey played assorted electric guitars over the years, namely Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, Gibson ES-330, Epiphone Casino and Rickenbacker 230, but the electric guitar that is most associated with him was his black Gibson Les Paul Junior, nicknamed Old Black.

FactSnippet No. 654,827