Tuesday, September 13, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Glenn Frey

Artist:Glenn Frey
Song:The Heat Is On
Album:20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Glenn Frey

Of course Glenn Frey was best known for his success with Eagles. But he also had two top five hits as a solo artist in the 80s. The Heat Is On from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop is the most memorable of those hits. He was born Nov. 6, 1948 in Detroit and he grew up in the suburb of Royal Oak. Frey had bands as a teen. Bob Seger helped Frey get his career going and he also encouraged Frey to write his own songs. Frey's band Honey Ltd. moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and Frey met JD Souther, Jackson Browne and Don Henley. The Eagles came together when Frey, Henley, Randy Meissner and Bernie Leadon were all hired to tour with Linda Ronstadt. Frey and Henley wrote a lot of Eagles' hits. But they split up in 1980 and Frey released his solo debut No Fun Aloud in 1982 on Asylum Records. The One You Love reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Frey left Asylum for MCA due to record company management changes. And he released his second album The Allnighter in 1984. Meanwhile Harold Faltermeyer was putting together the soundtrack of Beverly Hills Cop. He wanted Frey to record a song for the film. He showed Frey a rough cut of the film and then sent him a demo of The Heat Is On which Faltermeyer wrote with Keith Forsey. Frey agreed to record the song and he did it all in one day including his guitar solo. The sax solo is by LA session musician David Woodford. But he doesn't appear in the video. That is session musician Beverly Dahlke-Smith. The Heat Is On reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Frey's other big hit You Belong To The City is from the TV series Miami Vice. Frey appeared on the show. This budget comp covers Frey's MCA hits. Of course Frey was part of the various Eagles reunions and he continued to tour and occasionally record until his death on Jan. 18, 2016 at age 67. Here's the video for The Heat Is On by Glenn Frey. This video is on Youtube in a sped up version. Why would anyone do that?
Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On by lever-de-soleil

1 comment:

  1. I loved the Eagles back in the 70's we played the album Greatest Hits all the time on the turntable on the big old stereo we had back then. His song you belong to the city is a big favorite of mine. Another favorite from the Eagles is Randy Meissner. He wrote a song that is a big favorite of mine, " Deep Inside my Heart" with I believe Kim Carnes on supporting vocals. He also sang a good version of "Salt in my Tears" a song done by an artist whose last name is Martin Briley. I love Glenn Frey's work. He is a great musician and artist.