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In 1972 a band called The Eagles released a song called "Take It Easy" It was the beginning of a "Long Run" of songs that would solidify this band as one of the greatest classic rock bands in history. Of course there is a line in that song: "Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona such a fine sight to see, there's a girl my Lord in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me"
In 1977 I lived for a brief time in Phoenix. One day my roommate and I decided to drive the 200 miles to Winslow and take pictures of us "standing on the corner." When we got to the small town, we looked for a corner that would identify it as indeed being in Winslow. We fpund a corner by the U.S. Post Office Winslow, Arizona and took our pics. All the while people were driving by, rolling down their windows and yelling at us. They knew we were tourists doing the whole "standing on a corner...." thing. I thought to myself: "why don't they have some sort of tourist attraction built around this? There's no gift shop or anything!!!" After all, this was 5 years after the song had come out!
I was telling this story to Jan the other day on the air and lo and behold, we received the following e-mail:
Heard you talk about Winslow, Az and yes there still is a "Standin on the Corner" spot. I attached photos from when my wife and I visited there in October.
I believe the statue is of Jackson Brown who wrote the song. Note the reflection in the window behind him of the girl in a flatbed Ford truck. Across the street is a gift shop that has a lot of Eagles memorabilia and Route 66 items. It plays Eagles songs on the loud speaker all day long.
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