An LA Times story about the Eagles mentions Glenn Frey's residence in the neighborhood at a time when the artist had to drink his beers very slowly because he could afford only one. I'd like to think Patti Davis (Ronald Reagan's daughter) helped write "Witchy Woman"* in EP, but Geoff Boucher's story doesn't go into that kind of detail. According to Boucher, Jackson Browne lived downstairs from Frey. This was the early '70s, around the time when Jerry Brown also had an Echo Park address -- the attorney general once lived at Laguna Castle, with a view of Echo Park Lake, presumably enjoying the sight of paddle boats plying the waters and guitar players picking out tunes on park grounds.
According to the Echo Park Historical Society:
Eagles Nest, 1020 Laguna Ave.: Legendary rock musicians Jackson Browne, Glenn Fry and J.D. Souther(of the Eagles) lived in this apartment building during the early 1970s when the area attracted many up and coming musicians and artists. "J.D. and I shared a $60-a-month, one-room apartment-a couch and kind of a bed-with a curtain in front of it," said Fry in an interview with rock journalist Cameron Crowe. "Right underneath us in an even smaller studio apartment was Jackson. He had his piano and guitars down there.
Meanwhile, Frank Zappa once lived nearby, at 1819 Belmont Ave., and most likely wrote a song about it called "Little House
I Used To Live In."
They all moved on to greater square-footages, no doubt.
*A quick look at song credits doesn't name Davis as co-writer, so I'll have to cite rumor (or start one, though Chicken Corner tries tries tries never to
stoop swoop so low).