Glenn Frey would have turned 70 today (November 6th). There was an episode of Miami Vice called Smugglers Blues featuring the Glenn Frey: song “Smuggler’s Blues”. It sounds like it was written for the show. It was not. Frey actually wrote the song long before the show premiered for a film that never got made. The song was on the album “Miami Vice” (soundtrack) in 1985, written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin. The story is Glen and Eagles manager Irving Azoff acquired the film rights to a novel called Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade and planned to make a movie of it. Frey said it was this film, and not Miami Vice, that inspired the writing of the hit song that would be linked with the show.
“’Smuggler’s Blues’ was going to be maybe the end title for that film. So Jack Tempchin and I had been reading that script and though the film never got made, we wrote the song as if there was going to be a film about it. Little did we know that nine months later drugs would be on NBC at 10 o’clock at night and people would be staying home to watch it. But that just sorta happened later and then we partnered up with the people on Miami Vice.”
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