An Arizona town reaps the rewards of a ’70s rock classic written in Echo Park

A New York Times story last week describes how Winslow, Arizona has cashed in on a single line – “Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,” –  sung by Glenn Frey in the 1972 Eagles’ song “Take It Easy.”  The nearly 40-year-old hit that made Winslow famous was written more than 400 miles to the west by Jackson Browne and Frey when both lived on Laguna Avenue in Echo Park during the early 1970s. Browne rented a studio apartment while above him lived  Frey and J.D. Souther in a $60 a-month apartment.  Later, Frey and band mate Don Henley put  Browne’s “Take it Easy” on their first album recorded under the Asylum label, according to the book “Hotel California.” Author Barney Hoskyns writes:

“Among the songs they earmarked for their Asylym debut was one Jackson Browne had started back in the Echo Park days. It was called “Take It Easy” and to Frey’s ears it sounded like a hit single. The sentiment seemed to encapsulate the freewheeling dream of Southern California. Jackson told Glenn to run with the song. Classic Frey lines such as “It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford” were inserted into the existing lyric. The result was an anthem for every stringy, footloose youth at large in the Golden State: “Lighten up while you still can/Don’t even try to understand..”

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  1. It was called “Take It Easy” and to Frey’s eats it sounded like a hit single.

    I’m assuming you meant EARS & not EATS?

    Or was his lunch particuarly impressed with the song?

  2. @ chad. “Ears” it is!

  3. I love LA!!! We love it!

  4. And I thought Mike D. from the Beastie Boys was on the early front when he lived here in the late 80’s. Did’nt know Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey lived here in the early 70’s. cool !

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