It is well known that Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey was born in Detroit and grew up in Royal Oak. At the time, he was also protégé to up and coming Detroit rocker Bob Seger. In a 1992 interview, Frey explains how he met Seger and how Bob took him under his wing.
“He is probably the most important individual in my musical career,” says Frey. “When I was 19, and Bob was 21 he took me under his wing.”
“We used to play a circle of clubs in Detroit called the Hideouts. Bob was managed by Punch and he ran the Hideouts. My band finally got good enough to audition and got a job at the Hideouts.
I met Seger and he let me come to his recording sessions. He brought me to the “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” recording session and let me play acoustic guitar and sing back up on the song in 1968.
We used to drive around Michigan on Woodward Avenue. I remember one time a Cowsill’s song came on the radio and I said ‘turn that crap off’. Bob said, ‘No, wait Glenn, they are on the radio and we are not. Let’s listen to how they got there.’ Bob was also the first person to really encourage me to start writing my own songs. We had a bunch of copy bands in Detroit who were very good, but Seger said the only way to make it was to write your own material.”
Obviously Bob’s advice worked. Glenn Frey is highly regarded as one of rock music’s most prolific song writers.