With the untimely death of The Eagles’ guitarist, vocalist and founding member, Glenn Frey, it was only right for the group to pay tribute to the musician at this year’s Grammy Awards. The six-time Grammy Award winning group’s tribute included Eagles members Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Joe Walsh, and Tim Schmit, while also being joined by singer-songwriter Jackson Browne taking over Glenn Frey’s vocals.
The group performed their hit “Take It Easy,” one of their first big hits and featured songwriting contributions from Jackson Browne who stepped in to take over Frey’s iconic vocal part. Frey also had a successful solo career after The Eagles broke up in the early 80’s with hits including “The Heat Is On” and “You Belong To The City,” which was number one on the charts for 11 weeks in 1985.
Frey tragically passed away at the age of 67 on January 18 after dealing with complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. The Eagles’ drummer and vocalist, Don Henley, spoke about Frey’s death saying “Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit.”