Music / Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter in the pop genre. He broke into the Los Angeles music scene shortly after his high school graduation in 1966. After gaining a strong reputation as a songwriter he released his debut album as a performer in 1972. He's still active today.
His specialties include epic ballads, Silly Love Songs
, Anti Love Songs
that were mistaken for Silly Love Songs, protest songs and syncopation.
His first hit single — at least the first one the Classic Rock
stations are likely to play — is "Doctor My Eyes." "Take It Easy" was written and recorded by him with the help of The Eagles
' Glen Frey, and recorded by them with his permission, but his version was Covered Up
In 1982 he contributed the song "Somebody's Baby" to the soundtrack of Fast Times at Ridgemont High
, and it quickly became his highest-charting single ever, peaking at #7 on the Billboard
Hot 100 singles chart and staying on said chart for 19 weeks. Following this was the 1983 classic album Lawyers in Love
, containing the title song. Lives in the Balance
followed three years later with the track "In the Shape of a Heart."
His career suffered in the late 1980s and early 1990s, partly because the musical climate was changing, as well as allegations of domestic abuse towards his then-girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah
. The allegations were never proven, but they still hurt his rep
. He still has a fanbase out there, though.
- Age-Progression Song: "Running on Empty": 1965, 1969, present.
- Anti-Love Song: Quite a few.
- Christmas Songs: "The Rebel Jesus"
- Concept Album: Running on Empty, about life as a musician on tour. Included a few live songs and one recorded literally on the road — you can hear the engine of his tour bus under the song, and the drum kit was packed away so the bass drum you hear is actually a cardboard box.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The aptly-named "Rosie".
- Darker and Edgier: "Lives In the Balance" featured a number of quite cynical political numbers, including the title track and "For America".
- Epic Rocking: "Hold On Hold Out" most prominently.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Redneck Friend". Clue: said redneck friend's last name is Johnson.
- Grief Song: "Song For Adam", "For A Dancer", "Of Missing Persons", "In the Shape of a Heart". The Pretender, written and recorded in the wake of his first wife's death, probably qualifies as a grief album.
- Rock Star Song: Running on Empty was basically a "rock star album," but the last two songs, "The Load-out" and "Stay," which are meant be played as one song, most exemplify the main point of the album, which is that underneath all the fame, traveling, and Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, what the rock star really lives for is playing on stage in front of a loving audience.
- Unrequited Love: "Somebody's Baby".