The world of rock and roll is in mourning again. Glenn Frey has died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was 67 years old.
As a founding member of The Eagles, Frey co-wrote hits including "One of These Nights," "Lyin' Eyes" and the band's best-known song, "Hotel California."
Cannabis culture is indebted to Frey and The Eagles for introducing "colitas" (Spanish slang for buds) into mainstream culture through "Hotel California," where the warm smell of marijuana perfumes the air:
As a solo artist, Frey continued releasing hits, including "The Heat Is On" (yes, from the "Beverley Hills Cop" soundtrack) and in 1984 "Smuggler's Blues." The latter song reflects on the highs and lows of being a street dealer of everything from hash to cocaine, and it laments the futility of the War on Drugs.
In 1998, The Eagles were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Eagles co-founder Don Henley released this statement following Frey's death:
"He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.
"But, 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. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything.
"We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year 'History of the Eagles Tour' to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.
"Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some."