XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Mic Gillette of Tower of Power, & Dale Griffin from Mott the Hoople

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Glen Frey | photo courtesy of the artist
Glen Frey | photo courtesy of the artist

Glenn Frey of the Eagles had been suffering from a number of health complications- (rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia) & now comes word that that Frey has died at the age of 67.

The Eagles wrote in a statement-

“The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery,” the statement continued. “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”

His bandmate with the Eagles- Don Henley, said of Frey-

“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.”

Read more about the life and career of Glenn Frey @ Rolling Stone.

Trombone & trumpet player- Mic Gillette, founding member of the legendary funk-soul band Tower of Power has died. He died suddenly of a heart attack over the weekend at the age of 64. Gillette started playing with the Oakland based funk/soul outfit back in 1966 and quickly became part of a powerful horn section that was provided the foundation Tower of Power’s rise to fame in the 1970s.

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Tower of Power had several hits in the 1970s, including “You Are Still a Young Man” and the 1973 classic “What is Hip?” More on Mic Gillette’s legacy here.

Dale Griffin – drummer for Mott The Hoople has also passed away at the age of 67. He had been suffering from Alzeimers disease for the past decade. Mott The Hoople’s biggest hit was the 1972 song “All The Young Dudes,” written by David Bowie.  More on Dale Griffin’s passing here.

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