- Category: Entertainment
- Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
- CTV News
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Winslow, Arizona, was all but forgotten when Interstate 40 displaced Route 66 and began whisking travellers around its downtown in the late 1970s.
But it still had one thing going for it: Everybody wanted to stand on a corner in the small city after hearing Glenn Frey and the Eagles make it sound so cool in "Take It Easy."
Locals capitalized on the lyrics with an annual festival and park featuring a statue and mural commemorating the 1972 song.
Frey died Monday at 67.
Winslow residents staged a memorial service Tuesday night that featured Eagles songs and dancing in the park near the statue.
Tom McCauley, part of a foundation that organizes the annual Standin ' on the Corner Festival, said an estimated 150 to 200 people were "visiting and dancing and basking in the music" Tuesday night during the two-hour memorial service.