Current and former members of the Eagles, along with Jackson Browne, will salute Glenn Frey on Monday night’s Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles.
Browne, who penned 1972’s “Take It Easy” with Frey, will join Eagles Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and original member Bernie Leadon on stage for the tribute.
“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to honor him than by bringing together his bandmates and longtime friend and collaborator, Jackson Browne, to play an Eagles classic that forever changed popular music,” said Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer of the Grammy Awards. “It’ll be an emotional moment for many of us — one of reflection, respect, and celebration.”
Frey died January 18 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was 67.
“Glenn Frey’s untimely passing was a huge loss for the entire creative community,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy. “For more than 45 years, the Eagles have played a significant role in shaping our musical landscape.”
Frey and Henley co-wrote many of the band’s biggest songs, including “Best of My Love,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California.” Frey also famously helped Browne finish writing the Eagles’ first hit, “Take It Easy,” contributing the catchy verse, “it’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford / slowing down to take a look at me.”
“Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975,” was the first album certified platinum and has sold 29 million copies in the United States, second only to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” according to Rolling Stone.
The Eagles have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
‘Take It Easy’ – The Eagles vs. Jackson Browne
The Eagles: 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Jackson Browne: 2009 in Atlanta
By Ed Payne