With the help of Ronstadt and her manager John Boylan, Glenn also was able to enlist Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, two other well-established, respected, and talented members of her backup band.
Glenn showed up at Geffen's door with his new group, soon to be dubbed the Eagles, and the rock'n'roll scene would never be the same.
Overall, he considered his early days "pretty normal": "My father was a machinist," he recounted. Detroit was a happenin' place musically in the mid-60s, and Glenn was getting in on the action.
He'd taken piano lessons - the bane of a boy's existence, but it worked out for Glenn - and was teaching himself how to play the guitar, inspired in part by a Beatles concert to aim for the top of the rock heap.
Still, Glenn was dissatisfied, and began looking to the West for a variety of reasons.
Glenn joked that "the magazine articles about free love and free dope in California" made it look pretty appealing, and it didn't hurt that a change of address would enable him to put off the draft notice he received in Michigan.
He went west with Jeff as well as another member of the Heavy Metal Kids, guitarist Larry Welker, high on dreams of success and then a couple days later, high on some drugs he got in Mexico on the way. A., and when he showed up in the city of angels, he had a nice warm bed waiting for him.
His girlfriend's sister happened to be dating John David Souther, and the two became fast friends. They released a self-titled album together in 1969, which did not meet with much success (to put it mildly), but would be the beginning of a songwriting partnership that would be highly productive and successful in the coming years.
In addition, the group appeared on a television show called Meanwhile, the Mushrooms had split.
Glenn hopped from band to band, all the while making a half-hearted attempt at college.
Glenn also met Jackson Browne at this time, another man who would turn out to be a collaborator and friend.