Eagles/Glenn Frey Songwriting Pal Jack Tempchin Talks Early Success #TheEagles


You probably guessed he’s talking about being in the right place at the right time. Tempchin wrote “Peaceful Easy Feeling” from the Eagles’ debut album in 1972 and co-wrote “Already Gone” from the “On the Border” album in 1974, “The Girl from Yesterday” from their comeback album “Hell Freezes Over” from 1994. He was back in 2007 on “Long Road Out Of Eden” with a co-write on “Somebody” and “It’s Your World Now” the latter with Glenn Frey. He was a constant partner on Glenn Frey’s solo work including co-writing every song on Frey’s first solo project “No Fun Aloud” in 1982 and “The Allnighter” in 1984 and many from the next few. The Frey hits include“The One You Love,” “You Belong to the City,” “Smuggler’s Blues” and “Soul Searchin,’”

Tempchin shared some secrets at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday and his formula was simple, “Just make friends with a lot of really great songwriters and do it 10 or 20 years before they all become famous.” He said he tried writing everyday but ended up throwing out all those songs out because they weren’t very good. Adding in his case, inspiration is at least as crucial as perspiration.

The songwriter knew Glenn Frey in the mid-sixties before the famous pairing with Don Henley and the Eagles but that partnership really blossomed once the band broke up in the early 80’s. At that time, “Glenn just wanted to have some fun, so he called me and asked me to come over and try writing together.”

Frey, who died last year at 67 from rheumatiod arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia

Tempchin has an album coming out on Aug. 25th called, “Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin,” It’s his own versions of song made famous by others. He joked, “This record hasn’t been released yet, but it’s already full of hits.”

As for Frey, Tempchin says, “He was the funniest person I ever had the pleasure to know.” – By John Beaudin


John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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