A Tribute Unplugged …

A tribute is a purposeful expression of admiration, appreciation, or gratitude. One afternoon recently, on the drive home from a meeting, the radio station was broadcasting an excerpt of Don Henley’s tribute to Glenn Frey, who passed away at age 67 on January 18. Henley’s voice respectfully listed Frey’s attributes: spark plug, funny, bullheaded, generous, deeply talented, mercurial.
Don Henley: “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 too young man 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. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic they wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything. We’re all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year “History of the Eagles Tour” to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he’s gone. I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 change my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some”.
Men are reluctant to say the words “I love you” to each other, but in this tribute by Don Henley to Glenn Frey there is no doubt about how Don felt.
In reading other writings about the Eagles and after watching the CNN “History of the Eagles” movie this week, I realized that a successful music enterprise has an almost “built-to-last” quality. From my perspective, Eagle-attributes are: humble leadership, a passion for the business and an awareness and appreciation of the talents and contributions of all contributors.
Bottom Line?: The Eagles are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records —100 million in the U.S. alone—including 42 million copies of Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and 32 million copies of Hotel California.

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