Glenn Frey carved out one of the most important careers in modern music history before his death at the age of 67. The Eagles singer, songwriter and guitarist died on Jan. 18, 2016 — six years ago today — leaving behind a vast musical legacy.
Born in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 6, 1948, Frey grew up in Royal Oak and developed an early interest in music, learning piano and guitar and performing in several local groups. That brought him to the attention of Bob Seger, who became a mentor and gave Frey the chance to do his first recording sessions. That’s a young Frey playing acoustic guitar and singing enthusiastic background vocals on the Seger classic “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.”