“Consider this song (“Take It Easy”) the Eagles first hit. There is nothing remarkable about Glenn Frey’s lead vocal, it’s the backing harmonies that set the song apart. The Eagles really take flight for the first time when Meisner joins Frey on the “Standing on a corner” verse, exuding pure joy.”1
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“Take It Easy” Demo ~ Vocals Only
“The Eagles were closest to a vocal democracy in their early years, allowing each of the four songwriters multipled leads apiece on their self-titled debut. Two of Frey’s showcases, the breezy country-rock hits “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” became career-wide set-list staples.”2
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“Take It Easy” (The Single)
Released May 1, 1972
Starting in the early ’70s, up until the last time they played together at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Glenn looked at Randy while singing the second verse of “Take It Easy”. Randy also looked at Glenn for the most part.
In Concert (BBC) ~ March 20, 1973
“Schaefer Music Festival” In Central Park ~ August 1, 1973
California Jam ~ April 6, 1974
Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert ~ Aired April 13, 1974
Capital Centre ~ March 21, 1977
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ~ January 12, 1998
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“Take It Easy” was on Randy’s Love Me Or Leave Me Alone CD, which was released in 2003.
Produced for CD by Randy Meisner & Joey Stec
Thanks to the Eagles and Jackson Browne,
there is a corner in Winslow, Arizona
“Legend has it Jackson Browne wrote the song after car trouble stranded him in Winslow. His neighbor in Los Angeles, Frey, provided the unforgettable lyrics to the then-unfinished second verse, based on Browne’s sighting of a woman outside a Der Wienerschnitzel in Flagstaff.”3
Not only were the Eagles added to the Library of Congress Registry,
but one of their songs also inspired an historical marker.4
The Route 66 Roadside Attraction
On January 19, 2016, the day after Glenn Frey died, fans were leaving flowers, hand-written notes and candles at the site to celebrate the life of the Eagles band member.
The Mercury News ~ “Winslow, Arizona, pays tribute to Glen Frey”, by Associated Press ~ Published Jan. 19, 2016 / Updated Aug. 11, 2016
In September of 2016, before the annual “Standing on the Corner” music festival, a statue of Glenn Frey was installed. The statue depicts a long-haired, mustachioed Frey – the way he looked in the early 1970s.6
Bits and pieces that make up the roadside attraction
that is known as the “Standin’ on the Corner Park”
The statue of the 1960s troubadour musician that some say is Jackson Browne,
and the park marker, on the northwest corner of Kinsley Avenue and E 2nd Street
Once again, the Glenn Frey tribute statue
Reflection of the girl in the flat-bed Ford in the store window
In one of the second story windows of the building, there is a couple. It is presumed that the singer connected with the girl driving the truck.
A few windows to the left, sits a statue of a bald eagle.
Parked nearby, is a flatbed Ford.
The Arizona Route 66 Marker
Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Route 66 Plaza in Winslow, Arizona may look like a building, but it is a brick wall (a mural) with the Route 66 Plaza behind it. There is a “Standin’ on the Corner” music festival each year in the plaza.
The mural is to the right of the plaza.
The Song In Publications
You can see by the trade publications and the newspaper articles that the Eagles were on a course to take on the music world. There was no stopping them.
Record World ~ Jan. 1, 1972
Cashbox ~ May 13, 1972
Record World ~ May 13, 1972
Record World ~ May 13, 1973
Cashbox ~ May 20, 1972
Billboard Magazine ~ June 17, 1972 ~ pg. 15
The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, California) ~ July 1, 1972
Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska) ~ July 16, 1972
Tallahassee Democrat (Tallahassee, Florida) ~ Dec. 21, 1972
Do you remember the first time you heard “Take It Easy” on the radio?
“I remember hearing it for the first time and it was amazing. I lived in an apartment in Studio City. I had the manager at my apartment and some of my friends had heard the “Take It Easy” single and they all played it and said, ‘That’s never gonna make it.’ Now every time I see those people they say, ‘You were right! You were right!’Randy Meisner ~ Discoveries Magazine ~ “Randy Meisner Takes It To The Limit One More Time,” by Ken Sharp ~ Sept. 2006
It was great, I never could have believed then that the Eagles were gonna make it (laughs). It was great to hear it and to be able to send it to your parents. I love the way Glyn Johns mixes. It’s so clean and nice. It sounded so good.
I remember Jackson (Browne) and Glenn brought that song in. For us it was always work, work, work. If somebody brought a song in we’d work on it, and rehearse and work it up. Henley was real strict on drums. I was a loose, bouncy bass player for a while and then I started folding in with him on the kick drum and just hitting the spot once in a while and all of a sudden we got real tight. In terms of getting our harmonies down, while we were rehearsing, we worked on it a little at a time and just worked out the parts until they sounded good and everybody felt they were comfortable. It had to sound and feel good.”
1“Randy Meisner made the Eagles great”, by Brian Scott MacKenzie, March 8, 2016
2“Who Sang the Most Eagles Songs” Lead Vocal Totals”, by Ryan Reed Matthew Wilkening, Feb. 27, 2020
3Phoenix New Times, “Can the Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ Save Winslow, Arizona?”, by Sativa Peterson, Sept. 20, 2016
4Marc Eliot, who wrote “To The Limit, The Untold Story of the Eagles”, also wrote an Essay, “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” – The Eagles (1976), which was added to the Library of Congress Registry under “Index of Recording Essays” in 2016.
5HMdb.org The Historical Marker Database
6Billboard, “Glenn Frey Bronze Statue Is Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona, by Associated Press, Sept. 26, 2016