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Royal Oak Unveils Glenn Frey Drive

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(Ron Arnold, Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 18, 016)

Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak paid tribute to a rockin’ former resident Thursday as the community came together to unveil Glenn Frey Drive.  The street was formerly called Willis Avenue, and extends from N. Washington to N. West, adjacent to Royal Oak Middle School.  The Middle School was once Dondaro High, where the famed Eagles band member was a student in the 1970s.

Frey passed away on January 18, 2016.  According to Wikipedia, “Alongside Don Henley, Frey was one of the primary singers of the Eagles; he sang lead vocals on songs such as “Take It Easy“, “Peaceful Easy Feeling“, “Tequila Sunrise“, “Already Gone“, “Lyin’ Eyes“, “New Kid in TownGT ad 05and “Heartache Tonight“.

“After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits “The One You Love“, “Smuggler’s Blues“, “Sexy Girl“, “The Heat Is On“, “You Belong to the City“, “True Love“, “Soul Searchin’” and “Livin’ Right“.

“As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.”

The Royal Oak School Board and City of Royal Oak Commission worked jointly to enact the name change.

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