Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is an American singer/songwriter who will be 70 this week.

He was born in Heidelberg, Germany but the family moved to Los Angeles when he was three years old. After he left school in 1966 he became a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and soon began writing songs. His most well know songs are Doctor My Eyes, a hit for the Jackson 5 and Take It Easy, a hit for the Eagles.

In 1978 he made the UK chart first the first time with a cover of Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs song Stay of which he provided both the high and low voices. He toured in 1975 and was accompanied by his wife Phyllis and son Ethan but later that year his wife took her own life, Ethan was just three years old.

The following year he recorded an album called The Pretender which contains a track called Here Come Those Tears Again which was co-written by his late wife’s mother, Nancy Farnsworth.

His next UK hit came eight years after his first and was called In the Shape of a Heart which contains the lyrics ‘It was a time I won’t forget, for the sorrow and regret and the shape of a heart’, which he later stated addressed the relationship between him and Phyllis.

Browne is still performing and in 2013 he appeared at a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims with the Kings of Leon and the Flaming Lips. Earlier this year he was the first artist to receive the Gandhi Peace Award from the organization Promoting Enduring Peace.

Rolling Stone magazine have him listed as the 37th greatest songwriter of all time.

Let remember the poignancy of his 1986 hit In the Shape of a Heart which only peaked at number 66 in the UK chart.

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