Glenn Frey had more than 20 Top 40 singles.
Frey had two #2 hits: "The Heat Is On" (from the film Beverly Hills Cop) in '84 and "You Belong To The City" (from the TV series Miami Vice) the following year. The latter was aced out of the top spot by Starship's "We Built This City." 'City' songs were big in the mid-80s. Frey's other contribution to the Miami Vice soundtrack was "Smuggler's Blues," which went to #12.
Frey guest starred on Miami Vice in the first season episode titled "Smuggler's Blues." And later, he appeared in Cameron Crowe's film, Jerry Maguire. A few years prior, Frey had been something of an inspiration for Crowe's major breakthrough film, Almost Famous.
A Michigan native, Frey was inducted into his home state's Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in '09.
Those are all nice, well-deserved, accolades. However, Frey is inexorably tied to The Eagles. As a co-founder, with drummer Don Henley, the singer, songwriter, guitarist sang lead on many of the group's best known songs; Take It Easy," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Tequila Sunrise," "Already Gone," "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid In Town," and "Heartache Tonight."
Two years after The Eagles' demise, Frey issued his solo debut, "No Fun Aloud." The '82 set reached #32 on the album chart and contained two Top 40 singles; "The One You Love" and "I Found Somebody." The album went gold making it a commercial, if not earthshaking, success.
'84's "The Allnighter" was Frey's most successful solo album going to #22 on the strength of two Top 20 singles; "Smuggler's Blues" and "Sexy Girl." The music video for "Smuggler's Blues" won an '85 MTV Video Music Award.
But four years later, the album "Soul Searchin'," failed to equal past efforts. And '92's "Strange Weather" continued the decline.
Fortunately, The Eagles who once said they would only reunite when 'hell freezes over' did just that. So Frey had a lucrative day job.
That 'day job' came to an end when Frey passed away on 1/18/16 at age 67 due to "complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia," "Glenn was the one who started it all," said Henley. "He was the spark plug; the man with the plan."
1982 No Fun Aloud
1984 The Allnighter
1988 Soul Searchin'
1992 Strange Weather
2012 After Hours