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. Jack is celebrating that decades-long friendship – and many, many songs spooled between the two friends – with a special concert at Mozambique on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.
On Jack Tempchin’s first visit to Mozambique, tickets for this event sold out in less than one day. On his return, Jack returns to sing the songs and tell the tales of his many years writing the biggest hits for The Eagles and enjoying his decades-long friendship with Glenn Frey.
The friendship between Tempchin and Frey 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 song became one of The Eagles’ most beloved hits, a triumph Jack attributed more to the band than the songwriter.
When Glenn chose another one of Jack’s songs for the Eagles, “Already Gone,” it also became a major hit. Written in twenty drunken minutes in the back room of a San Diego State coffee-house, it was a country song that Frey turned into rock. Now with two hits emerging from their alliance, the timeless magic of Frey singing Tempchin was undeniable. So when the Eagles broke up and Frey found himself faced with the formidable challenge of making a solo album in their wake, he turned, naturally, to Tempchin. Together they tailor-made their decade-defining song “You Belong To The City” for TV’s Miami Vice, as well as the 1991 gem “Part of You, Part of Me,” written for the movie Thelma & Louise. They also wrote “Smuggler’s Blues,” “The One You Love,” “I Found Somebody,” “Lover’s Moon,” “Soul Searchin’,” “I Did It for Your Love” and “True Love.”