Bob Seger is not letting the first anniversary of Glenn Frey's death go unmarked.
Seger has released a tribute track, "Glenn Song," via his official web site, for free download. Seger recorded the short, mournful ballad during October in Nashville, paying tribute to his long friendship with Frey via lines such as "We were young, we were bold/But you had the deepest soul" and "Showed the whole world what we knew/There was no one quite like you."
Seger tells Rolling Stone that, "It's obviously not meant to be a hit...The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met."
Frey, who sang on Seger's hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and moved to Los Angeles during the late 1960s, where he co-founded the Eagles, died on January 18, 2016 at the age of 67 of complications from Acute Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and pneumonia. He received a Kennedy Center honor posthumously with the band in December, where Seger sang "Heartache Tonight," which he co-wrote, and part of "Life In The Fast Lane."
Upon Frey's death, Seger said that Frey "was a great kid...a joy to be around. I always looked forward to seeing him. It was always memorable...I always kind of thought of him as my baby brother, a little bit. I never thought I'd outlive him. I feel bad doing so."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.