GLENN FREY - "THE HEAT IS ON" (1984)
By Mark Nobes
Glenn Frey was the founding member of rock band The Eagles, who split-up
in 1980 and reunited again in 1994. During this period, Frey had a
string of solo hit singles in the U.S, although he achieved only two Top 40
hits in the UK.
His first hit, "The Heat is On", was from the soundtrack to the hit movie Beverly Hills Cop (starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley). However, Frey did not write the song, he simply provided the vocals.
"The Heat is On" was written by Harold Faltermeyer (who also wrote Axel F) and Keith Forsey. The B-side featured a track by Harold Faltermeyer called "Shoot Out".
Frey received an invite to view an early screening of Beverly Hills Cop and was later sent a demo of the song to see if he was interested in providing the vocals. These were recorded in just a day and the next day Frey added played the guitar solo and also added backing vocals. Apparently, he was paid $15,000 for his work.
Glenn Frey sadly passed away on January 18, 2016.
Who played saxophone On "The Heat is On"?
UK 7 Inch Vinyl - MCA 941
A. Glenn Frey -"The Heat Is On" - 3:45
B. Harold Faltermeyer - "Shoot Out" - 2:44
UK 12 Inch Vinyl - MCAT 941
A. "The Heat Is On" (Extended Mix) - 6:04
B. "Shoot Out" - 2:44