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Glenn Frey: Taking it Easy

An Eagle turns crooner on his latest solo album

Glenn Frey

Among the myriad rock stars who have, for better or worse, navigated late-career forays into the Great American Songbook, 63-year-old Glenn Frey can legitimately claim his new standards project, After Hours (Universal), has been percolating for two decades.

In the early ’90s, the Eagles frontman, who also earned solo success with megahits like “The Heat Is On” and “Smuggler’s Blues,” was briefly co-owner of an Aspen restaurant. His business partner, Broadway producer Fred Mayerson, envisioned a classy joint that was, says Frey, “dress-up, martinis and jazz.” The task of filling the music quotient fell to Frey. “I bought all the records you could think of that fit-Ella, Louis, Billie, Tony, Frank, Sarah, Ray. The restaurant didn’t last long, but I had about eight hours of music that I listened to all the time.”

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