Jackson Browne is one of the most decorated singer-songwriters in mainstream American music, with songs that display introspection and give an intellectual insight into the soul of a man. Jackson Browne is one of many talented singer-songwriters that came out of the Californian rock scene in the late nineteen sixties and early seventies, Browne was without doubt one of the best. Jackson wrote numerous classic songs for both himself and other acts such as The Eagles, The Byrds and Nico.
In 2004 Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock’n’Roll hall of fame and with seven platinum albums, three of which are multi-platinum and song writing credentials that are almost un-matched his induction is well deserved.
Jackson Browne was born on 1948, in Heidelberg, Germany, as his father an American service man was stationed. Browne sang and played folk music from a very young age and played gigs in his Californian neighborhood. In his late teens Browne signed a publishing deal with Nina music and his songs were performed by some of the biggest music acts of the time including The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and folk veteran Joan Baez. Such was the success of his song writing that he became a recording artist himself, his debut album Jackson Browne was released in 1972.
From 1972 to 1983 Jackson Browne recorded seven studio albums all of which were hugely successful, his hit singles included: ‘Running on empty’, ‘Doctor My Eyes’, ‘Somebody’s Baby’ and ‘Lawyers in love’. Jackson Browne continues to record and perform at the tender age of 60; His music continues to inspire young musicians having laid the blueprint for introspective songwriters.
Segun Murray Ogunsheye
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