As a founding member of the Eagles, Glenn Frey was responsible for some of the biggest songs of the 1970s. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, he co-wrote most of the tracks on the band’s smash 1976 greatest hits album — one of the best-selling albums of all time — with fellow band founder Don Henley, and sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits.
Here’s a look at some of Frey’s most memorable Eagles songs:
Take It Easy
With its glittering guitar opening and touch of country twang, ‘Take It Easy’ was the Eagles’ first single in 1972 and became one of the band’s signature songs. It was mostly written by Jackson Browne, but Frey added a line and sings lead vocals.
Co-written with Henley and sung by Frey, this heartbreaking song was the first single off the band’s 1973 album, Desperado.
One of These Nights
Another hit written with Henley, Frey said in 2003 that ‘One of These Nights’ was his favourite Eagles tune, calling it “a breakthrough song”. It was the title track of the band’s 1975 album and its second single.
New Kid in Town
The first single off of 1976’s ‘Hotel California’, ‘New Kid in Town’ features Frey’s lead vocals and Henley’s harmonies. They co-wrote the song with frequent collaborator JD Souther.
A late ’70s-early ’80s anthem, ‘Heartache Tonight’ appeared on the 1979 album The Long Run and won a Grammy Award for best rock vocal performance by a duo or group. Frey, Henley and Souther wrote the track with Bob Seger. Frey sang lead vocals.
Frey wrote the lyrics to what is probably the best-known Eagles song. ‘Hotel California’ won the 1977 Grammy Award winner for record of the year.