Multi-Grammy nominee Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jackson Browne, his debut album, came out on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972. Rolling Stone wrote in its original review that, “Jackson Browne’s sensibility is romantic in the best sense of the term: his songs are capable of generating a highly charged, compelling atmosphere throughout, and - just as important - of sustaining that pitch in the listener’s mind long after they’ve ended.” The now-classic LP introduced ten original songs, including “Rock Me on the Water” and “Jamaica Say You Will,” featuring David Crosby on harmony vocals. Crosby and Graham Nash sang on “Doctor My Eyes,” the album’s first single, which became a #8 hit on Billboard’s pop singles chart.
In 2004, Jackson was named an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for “a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice.” His latest release, 2010’s Love Is Strange, produced by Browne and Paul Dieter, features longtime friend and musical co-conspirator David Lindley.
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