Peaceful Easy Feeling

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"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
Single by Eagles
from the album Eagles
B-side "Tryin'"
Released December 1, 1972
Format 7"
Recorded Olympic Sound Studios, London
Genre Soft rock, country rock[1] folk rock[2]
Length 4:13
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Jack Tempchin
Producer(s) Glyn Johns
Eagles singles chronology
"Witchy Woman"
(1972)
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
(1972)
"Tequila Sunrise"
(1973)

"Peaceful Easy Feeling" is a song written by Jack Tempchin and recorded by the Eagles. It was the third single from the band's 1972 debut album Eagles. The single reached #22 on the charts and is one of the band's most popular songs. Glenn Frey sings the lead vocal, with Bernie Leadon providing the main harmony vocal (starting in the beginning of the second verse) and Randy Meisner completing this three-part harmony.

Tommy Shannon, the former bass player for Stevie Ray Vaughan, stated that "Peaceful Easy Feeling" was playing on the radio when he found out about the helicopter accident that took Vaughan's life.[3]

Background[edit]

Jack Tempchin wrote the song during a period in which he was performing at folk coffee shops around his hometown of San Diego.[4] A friend had created a poster to advertise his performances, which included fake quotes from famous individuals attesting to Tempchin's talent, which landed in the hands of a shop owner in nearby El Centro. Tempchin slept on the floor of the club the night of his show, and wrote an early version of "Peaceful Easy Feeling" on the back of the poster.[4] Back in San Diego, Tempchin was rooming in a communal-type home with other musicians when inspiration for completing the song hit.

During a following trip to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Tempchin saw a girl with "turquoise earrings against her dark skin," which he incoporated into the song. "I guess I was trying to distill the beauty of every girl I saw into words on paper and then into a song," he later stated.[4] He later completed the song's third verse in the parking lot of the Der Wienerschnitzel fast food establishment in San Diego.[4]

Some time later, Tempchin had moved to Los Angeles and was attempting to break into the music industry alongside Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, and J.D. Souther.[4] Frey heard Tempchin's "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and asked if he could develop it further, adding that his new band, the Eagles, had only just formed eight days prior. He presented Tempchin with a cassette demo on the track the next day, who later remarked, "It was so good I couldn’t believe it."[4]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

On the 1994 album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, country music band Little Texas recorded a cover of "Peaceful Easy Feeling". This cover version charted at #74 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and was included on the band's 1997 Greatest Hits album.

B. W. Stevenson also recorded "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and released it on his 1972 album Lead Free (RCA Victor 4794) and later included it on his 1977 LP The Best of B. W. Stevenson (RCA Victor APL-1-2394).

Folk singer Kate Wolf included a slow, acoustic cover of "Peaceful Easy Feeling" on her 1982 live album Give Yourself to Love.

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1972–73) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 35
Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 22
US Easy Listening (Billboard)[8] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Explore: Soft Rock | Top Songs | AllMusic". Web.archive.org. 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/eagles-mw0000189885
  3. ^ "Double Trouble's Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon on Stevie Ray Vaughan". 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Jack Tempchin (December 21, 2012). "40 Years of 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' - The Story Behind The Song by Jack Tempchin". No Depression. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Eagles Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Eagles. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada: Adult Contemporary". RPM (magazine). Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Eagles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Eagles. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Eagles Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 6, 2014.