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Died On This Date (January 18, 2016) Glenn Frey / The Eagles

Posted by themusicsover on January 18, 2016

Glenn Frey
November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016

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Glenn Frey was best known for being a founding member of the hugely popular American rock band, the Eagles.  Born in Detroit, Michigan, Frey initially studied the keyboards and formed his first band while still in high school.  His first break came by way of local up-and-comer, Bob Seger, who asked Frey to play acoustic guitar and sing background vocals on his 1968 single, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.”  Soon after, Frey moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his career and quickly gravitated toward a collective of musicians that were starting to make some noise with their twangy folk rock songs that would later be dubbed the “Laurel Canyon Sound.”  In 1970, Linda Ronstadt was looking for a band to play one gig at Disneyland. As fate would have it, that band turned out to be Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon.  Frey and Henley clicked, so after appearing on Ronstadt’s self-titled album, she encouraged them to form their own band, and the Eagles were born.  With their country-tinged soft rockers, tight musicianship, and exquisite harmonies, the band took America by storm.  They went on to become one of the most successful rock bands in the world with Frey writing or co-writing many of their biggest hits.  That list of songs includes, “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Already Gone,” “New Kid In Town,” and “Tequila Sunrise.”  But in less than a decade, their run was over.  Frey went on to achieve a successful solo career fueled by hit singles he recorded for the soundtracks of Beverly Hills Cop (“The Heat Is On”), and Miami Vice (“You Belong To The City” and “Smuggler’s Blues”).  His 1982 debut album, No Fun Aloud, did well also, hitting #32 on the US charts and achieving Gold status.  During this period, Frey also dabbled in acting, most notably as a drug smuggler in the first season of Miami Vice.  He also appeared on such TV shows as Wiseguy and Arli$$, and films, Let’s Get Harry and Jerry Maguire.  The Eagles reformed to much acclaim in 1994 and have continued to tour on occasion ever since.  In 2007, they reunited to record their first album since 1979, The Long Road Out Of Eden.  Joining Frey and Henley on this album and tour to follow were fellow Eagles, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh.  In late 2015, it was announced that Frey was suffering from serious health issues but was expected to recover, at least publicly.  On January 18, 2016, Glenn Frey died from a combination of complications following an intestinal surgery in November.  He was 67.

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Died On This Date (August 18, 2010) Kenny Edwards / Guitarist In Linda Rondstadt’s Stone Poneys

Posted by themusicsover on August 18, 2010

Kenny Edwards
February 10, 1946 – August 18, 2010

With Linda Ronstadt

Kenny Edwards was a folk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist who is best remembered as a founding member of the Stone Poneys along with Linda Ronstadt and Bob Kimmel.  Formed in 1965, the group helped pave the way for the popular “Laurel Canyon” sound of ’70s country rock.  Their 1967 album Evergreen, Volume 2 included the hit single, “Different Drum,” which helped set up Ronstadt’s wildly successful solo career.  Even though the group’s recording career lasted just 15 months, they remarkably, released three full albums.  After the Stone Poneys parted ways, Edwards formed the moderately successful Bryndle, then went solo, and collaborated with the likes of Karla Bonoff, Warren Zevon, Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, and Don Henley.  In 1974, Edwards and Ronstadt again joined forces to release one of her most popular albums, Heart Like A Wheel.  They continued to work together for many more years.  Kenny Edwards passed away on August 18, 2010.  He was 64 and had been battling prostate cancer.

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Died On This Date (February 22, 2007) Ian Wallace / Accomplished Studio Drummer; King Crimson

Posted by themusicsover on February 22, 2010

Ian Wallace
September 29, 1946 – February 22, 2007

Ian Wallace was an accomplished session rock drummer who is most often remembered for his short stint in King Crimson during the early ’70s.  He can be heard playing on Islands and their live album, Earthbound.  Throughout the years, Wallace played with a who’s who of rock music.  He played on such albums as Bob Dylan’s Street Legal and At BudokonBonnie Raitt’s Nine Lives, Don Henley’s Building A Perfect Beast, Rodney Crowell’s Houston Kid, Stevie Nicks’ Wild Heart, and many more.  He released just one album, 2003’s Happiness With Minimal Side Effects.  Ian Wallace was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in August of 2006, and subsequently died of it on February 22, 2007.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (September 29, 2009) Greg Ladanyi / Grammy Winning Producer

Posted by themusicsover on September 29, 2009

Greg Ladanyi
1952 – September 29, 2009

greg_ladanyiGreg Ladanyi was an engineer and producer who worked with some of the biggest acts of the ’70s and ’80s.  His talents can be heard on landmark albums by the likes of Fleetwood  Mac, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, the Church, the Cruzados, David Lindley, and Toto.  In 1983, he won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album for Toto IV.  In recent years he was working with Greek singer and actress, Anna Vissi.  On Friday, September 25, 2009, Ladanyi was injured in an accident while on stage with Vissi.  He suffered head injuries that lead to his death on September 29, 2009.  He was 57 years old.



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Died On This Date (September 7, 2003) Warren Zevon

Posted by themusicsover on September 7, 2009

Warren Zevon
January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003

Warren Zevon was one of rock’s greatest songwriters.  He could write a better song title than most can write full songs.  He first gained prominence as part of the same ’70s Los Angeles rock community that spawned the Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt, Zevon crafted songs that were beautifully ironic and at times, darkly humorous.  He was, as the saying goes, a songwriter’s songwriter.  Over the years he gave us such classic tunes as “Send Lawyers, Guns and Money,” “Werewolves Of London,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Hasten Down The Wind,” and “Carmelita.”  Throughout most of the ’80s and ’90s, Zevon could be seen from time to time filling in for Paul Shaffer on Late Night With David Letterman.  In 2002, Zevon was diagnosed with a cancer that has been linked to asbestos.  Instead of seeking traditional treatment, Zevon set out to create his final masterpiece, The Wind.  The album featured a list of friends paying him back for the impact he had had on them.  That list included Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris and more.  A brilliant VH-1 documentary was made of the sessions.  October 30, 2002, David Letterman paid an unprecedented gesture to Zevon by devoting that entire one-hour show to his dear friend.  Warren Zevon died on September 7, 2003, just 12 days after the release of The Wind which went on to be certified gold and earn five Grammy nominations, winning two.

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