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Browne, Jackson

Born: 1948 AD
Currently alive, at 68 years of age.
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1948 – He was born on the 9th day of October this year in Heidelberg Germany.

 

1966 – He joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

 

1971 – He signed with Asylum Records and released Jackson Browne , which included the piano-driven "Doctor My Eyes", a Top 10 hit in the US singles chart.

 

1973 – His next album, For Everyman — while considered of high quality — was less successful than his debut album, although it still sold a million copies.

 

1974 – His album Late for the Sky consolidated Browne’s following, with some fans drawn in purely by the record’s intriguing, Magritte-inspired cover.

 

1977 – He began recording his next LP while on tour, and Running on Empty (1977) became his biggest commercial success.

 

1979 – He joined with several musician-friends to found the anti-nuclear organization, Musicians United for Safe Energy.

 

1980 – His next album Hold Out was commercially successful — his only number 1 record on the U.S. pop albums chart.

 

1986 – His music in the album, Lives in the Balance, an explicit condemnation of Reaganism and U.S. policy in Central America.

 

1989 – His album, World in Motion, released this year, was even more politically-oriented and polarizing.

 

1993 – He returned with I’m Alive, a critically acclaimed album with a more personal perspective that had no hits but still sold respectably — indeed, the ninth track from the album, Sky Blue and Black, was used during the pilot episode of the situation comedy Friends.

 

1995 – He also sang a duet with Jann Arden, "Unloved", on her album Living Under June.

 

1996 – His Looking East was released soon after, but was not as successful commercially.

 

2000 – He appeared in several super rallies for presidential candidate Ralph Nader this year, singing "I Am A Patriot" and other songs.

 

2004 – He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

 

2005 – His most recent album, Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1, was released this year on Inside Recordings.

 

2006 – He performed with Michael Stanley and J. D. Souther at a fundraiser for Democratic candidates in Ohio.