Eagles Famed Songwriter Set for Intimate Concert Dec. 2nd AND Dec. 3rd (second show just added!)
Jack Tempchin and Glenn Frey were best friends for a long time before either became world-famous, Jack as a hit songwriter and Glenn, the founding member of the Eagles. Jack is celebrating that decades-long friendship, along with many, many songs spooled between the two friends, with TWO special concerts at Mozambique. The first concert on Dec. 2nd sold out in less than 72 hours, so a second concert has been added for Sunday, Dec. 3rd. Just 50 seats are available.
Tickets Going Quickly!
The concert, titled “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” is one of just a handful of small concerts that Tempchin will be performing in the country. Due to popular demand, Mozambique has booked Tempchin for a second evening on Sunday, Dec. 3rd. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. (or type: MozambiqueOC.com/Jack-Tempchin)
It All Started at a Hippie Crash Pad
The friendship between Tempchin and Frey first sparked back in 1970 when Frey, then a member of the duo Longbranch Pennywhistle, spent a San Diego night at Jack’s well-known 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 had 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 had formed a new band eight days earlier, and wanted to play it for them.
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 (one of the five best break up songs of all time in my opinion) – “Already Gone” – it also became a major hit. Written in what Jack refers to as “20 drunken minutes in the back room of a San Diego State coffee-house” after he had been stood up by yet another waitress, it was a country song in Jack’s head and a rock song in Frey’s head. When Jack heard Frey’s version, he didn’t complain.
Writing International Hits “El Blurto” Style
Now with two hits emerging from their alliance, the timeless magic of Frey singing Tempchin’s songs was undeniable. So, when the Eagles broke up (on stage in front of thousands of fans) in 1980, Frey found himself faced with the formidable challenge of making a solo album in their wake.
He called Jack.
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.”
All of these and more emerged from their unique songwriting collaboration which they dubbed “El Blurto,” a name which, Jack explains, referred to their philosophy of “blurting out anything, typing it up, then editing and refining it the next morning over coffee.”
The song, “You Belong To The City” was “blurted” out when Jack and Glenn were sent a tape of the show before it had yet aired. After watching the pilot, they wrote the song in less than an hour.
An Entire Album Dedicated to his Buddy, Glenn
As a solo artist, Jack Tempchin has recorded 12 of his own albums. As one of the most prolific songwriters in America, Jack has also written giant hits for a number of artists, including George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Glen Campbell, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, and many more.
His most famous non-Eagles hit, first recorded by the Kings, was “Swaying to The Music (Slow Dancing),” a giant hit for Johnny Rivers.
Now comes Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin on Blue Elan Records. (It’s his 4th album in 24 months!)
A poignant tribute to his fabled friendship with his “musical brother,” Frey, it features Jack’s own renditions of 12 of their songs, performed solo and with guest vocalists Rita Coolidge, Janiva Magness, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Concert
On December 3rd, you have the chance to hear this music live from one of the most gifted modern songwriters of our time … but you’d better act very quickly! Tickets can be purchased here (or type: MozambiqueOC.com/Jack-Tempchin).
See you there!