Jackson Browne (born Clyde Jackson Browne; October 9, 1948) is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician who has sold in excess of 17 million albums in the United States alone.
Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne's political interests and personal angst have been central to his career, resulting in popular songs such as "Somebody's Baby", "These Days", "The Pretender", "Lawyers in Love" and "Running On Empty". In 2004, Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by his friend Bruce Springsteen.
In 1971, Browne signed with Asylum Records and released “Jackson Browne” (1972), which included the piano-driven "Doctor My Eyes", which entered the Top Ten in the US singles chart.
His next album, “For Everyman” (1973) — while considered of high quality — was less successful than his debut album, although it still sold a million copies. The album featured the upbeat "Take It Easy", co-written with The Eagles' Glenn Frey.
He went on to release “Running on Empty” in 1977. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1978 and stayed on the charts for 65 weeks. The single "Running on Empty" peaked at number 11 and the follow-up single, "The Load-out"/"Stay", reached number 11 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. “Running on Empty” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1979.
The album was certified as a Gold record in 1977 and Platinum in 1978 by the RIAA. It reached Multi-platinum in 1997 and 2001.
During the 1980s, Browne performed frequently at benefit concerts for causes he believed in, including Farm Aid; Amnesty International (making several appearances on the 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope Tour); post-Somoza, revolutionary Nicaragua; and the Christic Institute.
“Lawyers in Love” released in 1983 reached number 8 on the Billboard Pop album chart and number 30 on the Billboard 200. It was Browne's fourth straight Top 10 album and stayed on the charts for 33 weeks. This was Browne’s last album to be certified Platinum.
His most recent album “Time the Conqueror” released in 2008, peaked at number 2 on the Top Independent Albums chart and number 20 on The Billboard 200. It was his first album to reach the top 20 on the Billboard 200 since 1983's “Lawyers in Love.”