R.I.P. Glenn Frey

We didn’t know about Glenn Frey’s death when we hopped out of Charley to take a couple of photos at the famous corner early this afternoon.  It was only later that we learned of his death.

Charley and the flatbed Ford in Winslow, Arizona
Charley and the flatbed Ford mentioned in “Take It Easy”
Standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona
All four corners have it goin’ on in Winslow
Standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona
Another corner tribute to the iconic Eagles song

It’s a sad irony that on the day we decided to detour off I-40 a couple of miles so we could go through downtown Winslow, Arizona, we lost one of the greatest singer songwriters of all times — the one who co-wrote [with Jackson Browne] the famous song lyrics about standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.  “Take It Easy” was the Eagles first #1 hit back in 1972 with Glenn Frey taking lead vocals on it.

I don’t need to wax on about him, for writers far better than me are doing so as the world is coming to grips with the loss of such a music icon, particularly so soon after the loss of another global music great, David Bowie.  But I’m profoundly sad…  The Eagles were one of my favorite bands growing up in the ’70s and I know most of the lyrics to most of their songs.  [Those of you who know me won’t be surprised by that statement; Fred calls me a ‘lyrics savant.’]  The music world will truly miss Glenn Frey, but after some health complications lately, I guess he can now truly take it easy….

4 thoughts on “R.I.P. Glenn Frey”

  1. Waaaaaa… you were so close to me. I could have zipped up to Winslow for quick hug!
    If you get back to Phoenix Area or AZ in general let me know, I’ll jump in Lolly and come find you two.
    Good traveling juju you crazy kids

    1. Curtis G — So happy you checked in! I’ll email you outside of our website — we’re coming back thru Phoenix and will look forward to seeing you! xoxo

  2. We last saw the Eagles October 1, 2014. I had a funny feeling that was going to be our last. Saw them in Arizona every show since their Hell Freezes Over gathering. Took our kids to several of their shows as they grew up listening to them. It saddened all of us to hear of Glenn’s passing. That night in Winslow, they had a candle tribute and gathering people paying tribute to him at the statue. Too bad you missed that. I heard a story from Jackson Browne, who actually wrote the song. He said the corner is actually in Flagstaff at an old hot dog stand (still there). He said the words just did not work, so Glenn and him changed the words to Winslow. They were traveling together through Arizona at one point.

    1. Terrific addition to my story, Jim — thanks for sharing! We’re looking forward to seeing you the next time we come to Arizona. Fred will be reaching out to you but it will be at the end of February.
      Hope to see you soon!
      –Laura & Fred

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