Michael Sigman: Eagles Land, Then Soar in New Documentary
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In 1972, I was the singles reviewer for the music trade Record World. It was an awesome job, but someone had to do it.
There were lots of mediocre records to plow through, but what a thrill it was when a clear-cut hit arrived -- like Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," "Oh, Girl" by the Chi Lites and "Take It Easy," the first single from the Eagles.
The breezy, hooky "Take it Easy," written by Jackson Browne (the "Winslow, Arizona" verse was added by Eagle Glenn Frey), distilled the California country rock sound pioneered by such winged-mates as the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. The Eagles -- Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner -- soon scored again with the spooky "Witchy Woman." Their third straight 1972 hit, "Peaceful Easy Feeling," assured their place in history as the only act to have two "Easy" chartmakers in the same year.
I asked Henley whether the band knew they had a hit with "Take It Easy." He said, "We had no idea what would happen. We
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