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“Take It Easy”

Eagles | 1972

During a break in the recording his first album, Jackson Browne took a road trip across the Southwest, getting a start on "Take It Easy" along the way. When he got back to L.A., Browne played it for Glenn Frey, who asked if his new band the Eagles could record it when it was done. "I said, 'Just finish it,' and he wrote the last verse and turned it into a real song," Browne recalled. "It was their first single, and what those guys did with it was incredible," said Browne. Frey's verse contained the indelible line, "I was standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona," words that helped revitalize that small town, which lost commerce when historic Route 66 was supplanted by Interstate 40, by encouraging tourists to mimic the song's protagonist.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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