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The Eagles: California Dreamin’

Tom Nolan, Phonograph Record, June 1975

"I WANT TO SLEEP with you in some chocolate tonight," Glenn Frey sings in impromptu addition to the lyric of ‘Peaceful Easy Feelin’, and the crowd shrieks with delight, for this is the Hershey Park Arena the Eagles are playing in Hershey, Pennsylvania, "Chocolate Town, U.S.A." home of the world famous Hershey Chocolate Factory, whose smokestacks spew out cocoa fumes that drift down Chocolate Avenue, past the lampposts with globes the shape of chocolate drops, and settle into the cracks and corners of the town so thoroughly that not only the air outside but closed rooms and the insides of dresser drawers reek of the rich brown stuff.

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