Pride of the North…
During 1960’s Winslow was the largest town in northern Arizona. The populace enjoyed a prominent location on both the railroad and Historic Route 66. Additionally, it’s proximity to the Navajo and Hopi Nations brought a special touch of Americana that couldn’t be found anywhere else. This unique mix meant regularly hosting traveling celebrities who would comfortably rest at the La Posada enjoying the breathtaking sights, rich cultures, and the amazing locals who were elated to welcome them. As time marched on, Jackson Browne eventually found himself on a corner in Winslow, AZ.
May 1st, 1972
“Take it Easy”
Written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, “Take it Easy” was originally recorded by the Eagles with Glenn Frey singing lead vocals. It was the band’s first single and was released on May 1, 1972. The song was praised as the “best sounding rock single to come out so far this year…catchy, winding melody, intelligent, affirmative lyrics, a progressively powerful arrangement …” by Bud Scoppa in his original 1972 Rolling Stone review. Hear Jackson Browne’s take on the history at “The Music“!
The Times Were Changin’
Like all things, Winslow’s prominence eventually faded. The town nearly disappeared after I-40 by-passed the major stops on Historic Route 66. Traffic from the Mother Road virtually evaporated overnight. One by one the Mom and Pop shops that had lit up downtown for decades began to close. For the next twenty years, Winslow remained frozen in time.
May 29th, 1997
One Step at a Time
On May 29th, 1997, the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation took the first steps of a long journey. The goal was to develop a park at the heart of downtown Winslow that would commemorate the Eagles first single, “Take it Easy”. The Foundation, comprised of 14 local volunteers, worked diligently to conceptualize, design, and plan the park’s construction. Artisans from across the continent sent in proposals for The Corner during its development. After reviewing an untold number of amazing submissions, the Foundation settled on two pieces: a mural and a statue.
September 10th. 1999
The Joy of Music and Art
Following two years of intense effort, the dream had become a reality! The project resulted in what the world now knows as the Standin’ on the Corner Park, or “The Corner”. The dedication took place on September 10th, 1999, introducing the world to the beautiful two-story, Trompe-l’œil mural by John Pugh and the life-sized bronze statue by Ron Adamson named “Easy” – inspired by the American troubadours of the 1970s.
September 24th, 2016
A Celebration of Life
Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, passed away on January 18th, 2016. With both sadness and joy, the Standin’ on The Corner Foundation commissioned a new statue. This piece would be installed on The Corner next to “Easy” in memory of Glenn Frey. Phoenix radio station 100.7 FM KSLX, the City of Winslow, and the Standin’ on The Corner Foundation were determined to make it happen. KSLX’s remote broadcast from Winslow and attendance from across the globe helped to make the dedication an event to remember.
November 6th, 1948 January 18th, 2016
“Such a fine sight to see”
Standin’ on The Corner
Now, hundreds of thousands of fans stop in Winslow every year to join us in the never-ending celebration of Historic Route 66, the legendary band and the song that put Winslow, Arizona on the map. This surge of tourism has helped to develop our wonderful community in spectacular ways and reminds all of the good old days when we got our kicks on 66!