Just weeks after an investigative piece published by The Smoking Gun website revealed that key elements of James Frey's best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces
, were distorted or fabricated, Culture to Go has learned that several solo hits by former Eagle Glenn Frey are similarly riddled with exaggerations, half-truths, and outright fibs. After obtaining authenticated photocopies of entries from Frey's mid-'80s diary and conducting interviews with various session players and roadies, CTG has determined that the subject of Frey's successful single "You Belong to the City" in fact felt no special loyalty to urban environments and is now living happily in a bucolic Bibb City, Georgia. Hiram Lind, briefly Frey's auto mechanic and the inspiration for "You Belong to the City," told us flatly that the song is a fake. "I don't reckon that one iota of that confounded number could be said to be the truth," he said. "Matter of fact, I always got to feelin' lonesome in the big city, even when it was just Macon, but 'specially when I spent a spell in Los Angeles, after a lady friend went out there tryin' to make it in pictures. No indeed, hoss, it's the small town that suits this Georgia boy."
Similarly, session bassist Chuck Pliny says that he has always questioned the veracity of Frey's "The Heat Is On." "I don't know, man," said Pliny, "it might've been a little touch and go there for a few days, but the heat was never really on, definitely not in any kind of life and death way. If Glenn thought the heat was on, well, then he's a fool, and Glenn Frey is no fool. Does that make him a liar? That's not for me to say."
At press time, neither Frey nor his management had responded to our interview requests.