“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

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Photo: Jason Voigt, March 1, 2022 5

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Photo: Bill Kirchner, Sept. 20, 2010 5

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Photo: Bill Kirschner, Sept. 20, 2010 5

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.

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Photo: Tom McCauley, via AP

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

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Photo: Denise Boose, Dec. 10, 2016

Bits and pieces that make up the roadside attraction
that is known as the “Standin’ on the Corner Park”

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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


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Once again, the Glenn Frey tribute statue


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Reflection of the girl in the flat-bed Ford in the store window


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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.


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A few windows to the left, sits a statue of a bald eagle.


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Parked nearby, is a flatbed Ford.


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The Arizona Route 66 Marker


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Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona


The Mural

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.

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Photo: Google Maps

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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.

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Record World ~ Jan. 1, 1972


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Cashbox ~ May 13, 1972


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Record World ~ May 13, 1972


Record World ~ May 13, 1973


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Cashbox ~ May 20, 1972


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Billboard Magazine ~ June 17, 1972 ~ pg. 15


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The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, California) ~ July 1, 1972


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Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska) ~ July 16, 1972


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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!’

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.”

Randy Meisner ~ Discoveries Magazine ~ “Randy Meisner Takes It To The Limit One More Time,” by Ken Sharp ~ Sept. 2006

Sources:
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

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  1. Oh Kathie! Another amazing article! If it weren’t for you & all your hard work, we the readers would never know some of this stuff. I appreciate it all so much. Thank You for the guided tour of Winslow. I feel as if I’ve been there now!

    1. You’re welcome, Gwen! We must have been on the same tour together. Had I known that, I would have had coffee with you. The mural is amazing. I thought it was a building. All thanks to Jackson Browne and the Eagles (and of course that high backing vocal).

  2. Once again Kathie, thank you for all your hard work on another very interesting article. Here in the U.K. we have a television programme featuring two long-haired bikers who are also chefs, called The Hairy Bikers. They travel by bike to various regions of the world learning about and cooking their versions of the local cuisine. They recently did a series where they travelled the full length of Route 66 and when they arrived in Winslow we were treated to a tour of the Roadside Attraction and the Plaza with Take it Easy playing in the background.

    1. You’re welcome and thanks for that, Judy! While researching “the corner” I read that the souvenir shop across the street from the park sells Standin’ on the Corner memorabilia and they play an endless loop of Eagles’ songs from a speaker outside. Nothing like setting the mood.

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