ECHO PARK — Before he rose to rock ‘n’ roll fame in the 1970s as a co-founder of The Eagles, guitarist Glenn Frey was just another young, struggling L.A. musician looking for his next gig and a cheap place to live. For a while, he found a place in Echo Park, where he lived in the 1970s near Echo Park Lake with two other musicians, Jackson Browne and. J.D. Souther. Frey, whose death at age 67 was announced today, recalled those Echo Park days and his roommates in an interview with music journalist Cameron Crowe:
“Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, and I all lived at 1020 Laguna in Echo Park. J.D. and I shared a $60-a-month, one-room apartment — a couch and kind of a bed with a curtain in front of it. Right underneath us in an even smaller studio apartment was Jackson. He had his piano and guitars down there. I didn’t really know how to sit down and work on a song until I heard him playing underneath us in the basement.”
In a 1993 interview with the L.A. Times, Frey talked about listening to Browne as he practiced downstairs:
“I heard these songs start from just a verse and a chorus …. And I couldn’t believe how religiously he worked on these songs and got up every morning and played through the three or four songs he was working on for three or four hours. Then he’d break and go to lunch, have a meeting, and then come back and be working on them again and again. I began to see there was a lot of perspiration involved, and it didn’t just come out of him instantly.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia when he died today in New York City, according to TMZ.
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