Has it really been 50 years since we first stopped on that corner in Winslow, Arizona and saw ‘that flat-bed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me’ ? ‘Take it Easy’ was like a breath of fresh air – a blend of country-rock, most of us hadn’t heard on the pop charts before. Who knew the great music that would come in the following decade from this band of uniquely talented – but ultimately doomed – musicians. The Eagles’ 50th anniversary gets a nine-song salute that’ll take us from the first song on their first album to the last song on the final album, and I hope you’ll tune in and enjoy the ride with me.
Other features this Sunday include birthday salutes to Corey Hart and Dan Hill, and ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘ recalls the birth of Capitol Records 80 years ago, the tragic death, 25 years ago, of Jeff Buckley who first took Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ to the pop charts and ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ ‘Give Peace a Chance’, which John and Yoko recorded this week in 1969 while in bed at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
There’ll be other songs and other stories – like the reason Ray Davies flew 6000 miles to record just one word in The KInk’s classic ‘Lola’ and the much-loved song by Bob Marley from the ‘Exodus’ album – named by TIME Magazine, the greatest album of the 20th century. Vintage Favourites is like a musical scrapbook – fascinatingly different every week – and it’s been a Sunday afternoon listening tradition since 2007. I hope you’ll tune in again this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:30.