Glenn Frey was best known as one of the two most popular and longest tenured members (along with Don Henley) of the Eagles, and as an intermittently successful solo artist in the decades since that band broke up. Although associated closely with the Eagles' brand of Southern California-spawned laid-back country-rock, Frey's origins were a long way away from the place and the music that his work came to epitomize. He was born in Detroit in 1948 and grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan. Music was just one of many interests that drove him during childhood. A precocious youth, he was an avid reader and, despite his relatively small stature, a serious athlete in elementary and junior high school. He also took piano lessons from age five -- at the insistence of his parents -- until just before his teen years. His interests in high school included ...
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