Hear Bob Seger’s mournful tribute song to Glenn Frey

I always kind of thought of him as my baby brother, a little bit,” Bob Seger said after Glenn Frey’s death. “He was f—ing brilliant.”

Now, a year after Frey’s death, Seger has released a mournful tribute to his old friend. Simply called “Glenn Song,” Seger’s not out to make a buck. The song won’t appear on an album. Seger’s simply made it available for a free download on his website.

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It’s strange to think of the two growing up together in Detroit in the 1960s. What an era. They were close enough that Frey sang backup on Seger’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” his first big hit, which came out in 1969.

“When [Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 debut] Are You Experienced came out, we bought it and took it to Glenn’s parents house in Royal Oak,” Seger tells Rolling Stone. “We went up to his room and played it. We looked at each other at the end like, ‘Oh my God, we’re out of a job.'” That wasn’t quite the case as the very next year Seger scored his first national hit with “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” featuring Frey on background vocals. But Seger struggled for years afterwards to land a big follow-up hit, and by the time he did in 1976 with “Night Moves” Frey was well-established as a member of the Eagles. “When that happened he called me up and goes, ‘OK, Bob, no girl singers and no playboy bunnies,'” remembers Seger, laughing uproariously at the memory. “He’d already been through all that.”

You can download the song for free on Seger’s website here.

Photo by American Talent International (management)/Capitol Records

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