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SOLD OUT – Jack Tempchin
Saturday, December 2 @ 7:30 pm
Jack Tempchin and Glenn Frey were friends for a long time before either became world-famous, Jack as a hit
songwriter and Glenn as an Eagle. It’s a friendship first sparked back in 1970 when Frey, then a member of the duo
Longbranch Pennywhistle with J.D. Souther, spent a San Diego night at Jack’s big house and candle factory, a
beloved hippie crash pad. Two years later at his friend Jackson Browne’s L.A. home, Jack played Glenn a new
song he’d written about a waitress in El Centro called “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” So enthralled was Frey by the tune
that he recorded it on cassette tape, telling Jack that he’d formed a new band eight days earlier, and wanted to
play it for them. Jack’s reaction: “Whoa, yeah !”
That band was the Eagles. The next day Glenn returned with a recording of the Eagles singing this song. Hearing
that track with those now-iconic Eagles harmonies blew his mind. “It was,” he said, “the best thing I had ever
heard.” He already knew Frey was a fine solo singer, but had no clue about his greatness as an arranger and
harmony singer. The song became one of The Eagles’ most beloved hits, a triumph Jack attributed more to the
band than the songwriter. “It is not a normal love song,” he said. “But The Eagles, with their arrangement,
breathed life into it.” Its success led him on a lifelong songwriting path from which he’s never veered since.