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The Detroit roots of California rocker Glenn Frey

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Glenn Frey of the Eagles grew up in Michigan.

In the 70’s, the Eagles picked up the California sound where the Beach Boys left off. Their co-founder, the late Glenn Frey, was a transplant from Detroit. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Detroit News music contributor Susan Whitall about Frey’s Michigan roots.

It’s been a difficult time for pop music buffs who came of age in the 1970’s. In just over a week, the music world lost British glam rocker David Bowie, and Glenn Frey. Frey was co-founder of the Eagles, the band which brought a darker, more reflective mood to the California sound once pioneered by the Beach Boys.

Glenn Frey was a Michigander. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talked with Susan Whitall, a music journalist and author formerly with the Detroit News. She says the guy who loved soul, country and rock started off learning the classics.

Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
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