By Jim Johnson

The surviving Eagles performed for what may be the last time ever last night (February 15th) during the Grammy telecast in tribute to the late Glenn Frey. The band —Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and touring guitarist Steuart Smith — were joined by Jackson Browne for a rendition of the band’s 1972 breakthrough hit “Take It Easy,” which was co-written by Browne and Frey.

Glenn Frey died on January 18th in New York City at age 67 due to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis, and Pneumonia.

  • Jackson Browne became friends with the members in the Eagles during their pre-fame days in the late-’60s in L.A. He contributed two songs to their 1972 self-titled debut album, “Nightingale” and the Frey co-write, “Take It Easy.” On 1973’s Desperado album, he co-wrote “Doolin’-Dalton'” with Frey, Don Henley, and J.D. Souther.
  • Despite his closeness to the band, Jackson Browne and the Eagles’ professional lives weren’t destined to become intertwined beyond those three songs: “I could have wished to have been in the Eagles many a time, but I never had the skills to be in a band like that; neither as a singer or probably as a player, y’know? They worked real hard, they made a lot of music. I think they worked like the Beatles worked: four pieces, y’know four pieces playing all the parts, singing all the parts. And they all brought incredible experience — I mean, Glenn had played with Bob Seger, Bernie had been, y’know, played with the (Flying) Burrito Brothers, Randy Meisner had played with a bunch of bands, I saw him play in L.A. — also (with) Rick Nelson, and (Don) Henley had been in a group called Shilo and they came to L.A. — and that’s how they knew him, I guess — because, they were on Jimmy Bowen’s record label. They all came from their own musical backgrounds and when they came together, they coalesced in a way that was pretty hard to top.”

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