Jackson Browne
American musician
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 17 million albums in the United States alone. Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded several notable songs throughout his career including "These Days", "The Pretender", "Running On Empty", "Lawyers in Love", "Doctor My Eyes", "Take It Easy", "For a Rocker", and "Somebody's Baby".
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Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Rush to welcome 2017 Rock Hall inductees
LATimes - 24 days
Jackson Browne will induct folk-protest music queen Joan Baez, Neil Young will do the honors for grunge band Pearl Jam and Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will handle that duty for English prog-rock band Yes at the 2017 induction ceremony for the latest slate of musicians elected to the Rock...
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
Huffington Post - 2 months
Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffal ...
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Don Henley, Jackson Browne and friends salute Linda Ronstadt at Parkinson's benefit
LATimes - 2 months
Fans and pop music critics alike have long extolled the power of Linda Ronstadt’s voice. But the facet of her talent most consistently lauded Sunday night at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in L.A. during a star-studded salute to Ronstadt benefiting research into Parkinson’s disease was her ears. That...
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A Big Jackson Browne Fan Is Building the Oil Pipeline He’s Protesting
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Dakota Access Pipeline builder Kelcy Warren released a Jackson Browne tribute album
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates 50 Years With New Album Releases on Sept. 30, First-Ever IBMA Performance
Huffington Post - 5 months
I have always found it a bit ironic that one of the most iconic American bands that plays bluegrass has its roots, not in the verdant hills of Appalachia, but in the shifting sands of sunny Southern California. Note that I said "band that plays bluegrass" rather than "bluegrass band." Because that's what Nitty Gritty Dirt Band leader and co-founder Jeff Hanna calls them. When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band started playing together in 1966, the band's unique brand of music didn't have a name. In fact, it is the founding members of NGDB that helped create what we call Americana music today by mixing elements of bluegrass, folk, mountain music, country and western and rock and roll into a sound that was uniquely, you guessed it, American. "Even though, when we started in 1966 -- me, Jimmy and John - we lived by the beach in Southern California, we were drawn to folk music. We called ourselves 'folk puppies.' We weren't into surf music. We were lucky enough to get to see the Dil ...
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James Taylor At Fenway Park: One Of Ours, Still Going Strong
Huffington Post - 5 months
I caught the James Taylor concert at Fenway Park last month, and it's the first time in my life I've truly felt middle-aged. As the Who sang, I'm talking about my generation. Anyone at the concert under 50 was either working security or selling beer. The attendees hadn't exactly gone from being rockers to needing walkers, but you could definitely spot the trajectory. We're getting old. And James Taylor has been a constant in our lives since time out of mind. Taylor isn't just the premiere balladeer and showman of his generation. He's also a symbol for what we were, what we aspired to, and how we actually turned out. Taylor first broke through all the way back in 1968, when the Big Bang was but a distant memory and dinosaurs still walked the earth. And what a forty-eight years it has been for him, and for us. In that time, Taylor, child of a privileged Massachusetts family, wrote and performed incomparable music, left no female rock star unturned, battled heroin, ...
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The Beginning Of A National Movement To End Gun Violence
The Huffington Post - 5 months
Last month I wrote a column about the Concert Across America To End Gun Violence and I likened it to the great Woodstock festival in 1969 that helped define the popular culture of a generation.  But I’m beginning to think that the Concert Across America that takes place on September 25th will probably eclipse Woodstock both in terms of cultural symbolism and political significance because Woodstock was just a big, live concert event with lots of music and lots of bands (and lots of dope) but the Concert Across America is shaping up to be much more. First of all, let’s cover some specifics.  When I wrote my last column, the New York City concert at the Beacon Theater had Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash and Marc Cohn, but now the program has added the Gospel Choir of Harlem and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and there may be more artists to come. I also didn’t yet know about the program for the concert at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater which is a real doozie because it includes Kenny Loggi ...
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Eddie Vedder, Jackson Browne to star at anti-guns concert
Yahoo News - 5 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Vedder, Jackson Browne and Roseanne Cash will headline at New York's Beacon Theatre as part of the livestreamed Concert Across America to End Gun Violence .
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Premiere: Jackson Browne joins Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for 50th
LATimes - 5 months
A half-century ago, a loose-knit community of young musicians working in Southern California were tinkering with new musical hybrids, experiments that led to the folk-rock sound of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, the country rock of Linda Ronstadt and the Flying Burrito Brothers and an even...
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Premiere: Jackson Browne joins Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for 50th
LATimes - 5 months
A half-century ago, a loose-knit community of young musicians working in Southern California were tinkering with new musical hybrids, experiments that led to the folk-rock sound of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, the country rock of Linda Ronstadt and the Flying Burrito Brothers and an even...
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Premiere: Jackson Browne joins Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for 50th
LATimes - 5 months
A half-century ago, a loose-knit community of young musicians working in Southern California were tinkering with new musical hybrids, experiments that led to the folk-rock sound of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, the country rock of Linda Ronstadt and the Flying Burrito Brothers and an even...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jackson Browne
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On February 15, 2016, at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Browne and the Eagles performed "Take It Easy" in honor of Glenn Frey, who had died the month before. Browne has been married twice and has two children. His first wife was actress and model Phyllis Major (1946–1976). The two began their relationship around 1971.
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  • 2015
    On August 11, 2015, he performed another benefit concert for Sanctuary Centers at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2013, Browne performed with students from School of Rock West LA and Burbank in a benefit concert for the Rock School Scholarship Fund, at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. His set of hits including "Somebody's Baby," "Doctor My Eyes," and "Take It Easy" were all performed with students aged 13 – 17 accompanying him. Money raised went toward scholarships for children who want to attend any rock school in the USA but whose parents do not have the financial means. In April 2012, Browne performed for Artists for the Arts benefit along with Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket and the band Venice. The benefit was to keep arts and music in public schools funded and raised over $100,000.00 at that event. This was Jackson Browne's fifth appearance out of the nine annual shows that have taken place. The band Venice was the main act and performed all supporting music for the guest artists along with a student orchestra and choir from the Santa Monica High and Malibu High school districts. The concert, held at Barnum Hall, was a sold out event.
  • 2014
    On October 25, 2014, Browne performed at The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California, in a benefit concert for Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara, a nonprofit providing mental health & co-occurring disorders treatment services.
    More Details Hide Details Jessie Bridges, Jeff Bridges and David Crosby also performed at this benefit.
    On October 7, 2014, Browne's 14th studio album, titled Standing in the Breach, was released.
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    On April 1, 2014, a twenty-three song, two-disc set titled Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne was released.
    More Details Hide Details The album features covers of Browne's songs by such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett and Bonnie Raitt.
  • 2012
    In 2012, he joined artists such as David Crosby and Pete Seeger in supporting Ben Cohen's Stamp Stampede campaign to legally stamp messages such as "Not to Be Used for Bribing Politicians" in order to build the movement to amend the constitution and get big money out of politics.
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  • 2011
    Browne contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways" for a 2011 tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly.
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    In January 2011, Browne won the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the Best Live Performance Album category for Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino, performed by himself and David Lindley.
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  • 2010
    In 2010, he recorded a version of "Waterloo Sunset" with Ray Davies for the latter's collaborations album, See My Friends.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Browne again performed there with Heart and other musician guest stars in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2009, Jackson joined artists such as Fred Tackett (Little Feat), Inara George (Bird and the Bee) and others in supporting orphans, foster and homeless children through Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection with proceeds going to help educate at risk youth.
  • 2008
    Browne's studio album, Time the Conqueror, was released September 23, 2008, by Inside Recordings.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached the Billboard 200 album chart at #20, which was his first top-20 record since releasing Lawyers in Love in 1983. In addition, the album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Independent Album chart.
    On May 31, 2008, Jackson Browne performed at the Artist for the Arts Foundation benefit at Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details Performing live, alongside Heart, Venice ("Crazy on You") and over 70 members of the Santa Monica High School (SaMoHi) Orchestra and Girls Choir ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), the benefit helped to provide funds for the continuation of music education in public schools.
    During August 2008, he appeared on the ALMA Awards in a taped interview honoring Trailblazer Award recipient and long-time friend, Linda Ronstadt.
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    During August 2008, Browne sued John McCain, the Ohio Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee for using his 1977 hit, "Running on Empty", in an attack advertisement against Barack Obama without his permission. In July 2009, the matter was settled under an undisclosed financial agreement with an apology from the McCain campaign and other parties.
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    For the 2008 presidential election, he endorsed John Edwards for the Democratic presidential nomination and performed at some of Edwards' appearances.
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  • 2007
    Browne made a cameo appearance in the 2007 film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
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    Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007 in the category of Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
    More Details Hide Details A live follow-up album, Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2, was released on March 4, 2008. Browne is part of the No Nukes group which is against the expansion of nuclear power. During 2007, the group recorded a music video of a new version of the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth".
  • 2006
    During late 2006, Browne performed with Michael Stanley and J. D. Souther at a fundraiser for Democratic candidates in Ohio.
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  • 2004
    He participated in the Vote for Change tour during October 2004, playing a series of concerts in American swing states.
    More Details Hide Details These concerts were organized by MoveOn.org to mobilize people to vote for John Kerry in the presidential election. Browne appeared with Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo', and once with Bruce Springsteen.
    In 2004, Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Bruce Springsteen gave the induction speech, commenting to Browne that although the Eagles were inducted first, he said, "You wrote the songs they wished they had written". Browne had written an uncounted number of hit songs that many artists, including the Eagles had recorded over the span of his career. The previous year, three of Browne's albums – For Everyman, Late for the Sky, and The Pretender – had been selected by Rolling Stone magazine as among its choices for the 500 best albums of all time.
  • 2003
    During 2003, Browne guest-starred as himself in The Simpsons episode "Brake My Wife, Please", performing a parody of his song "Rosie" with lyrics altered to reference the plot involving Homer and Marge.
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  • 2002
    Browne released his album The Naked Ride Home in 2002, with a performance on Austin City Limits, featuring the recording with older familiar songs.
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  • 2000
    A liberal Democrat, Browne appeared in several rallies for presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 2000, singing "I Am a Patriot" and other songs.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    He sang a duet with Jann Arden, "Unloved", on her 1995 album Living Under June.
    More Details Hide Details Browne's own album, Looking East (1996), was released soon after, but was not as successful commercially.
    During 1995, he performed in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, a musical performance of the popular story at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children's Defense Fund.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was originally broadcast on Turner Network Television, and issued on CD and video in 1996.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Browne collaborated with Kathy Mattea to contribute "Rock Me on the Water" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, four years after his previous album, Browne returned with I'm Alive, a critically acclaimed album with a more personal style that did not have any successful singles 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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Browne also performed alongside Roy Orbison in A Black and White Night in 1988 along with Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, and many others.
    More Details Hide Details Originally airing on Cinemax, a live album and video recordings were also released.
  • 1987
    The song was used at several points in the award-winning 1987 PBS documentary, The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis, by journalist Bill Moyers, and was part of the soundtrack of Stone's War, a 1986 Miami Vice episode focusing on American involvement in Central America.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1980s, Browne performed frequently at benefit concerts for causes in which he believed, including Farm Aid, Amnesty International (making several appearances on the 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope Tour), post-Somoza revolutionary Nicaragua, and the Christic Institute. The album World in Motion, released during 1989, contains a cover of Steve Van Zandt's "I am a Patriot", a song which he has performed at numerous concerts.
  • 1986
    Political protest came to the fore in Browne's music in the 1986 album, Lives in the Balance, an explicit condemnation of U.S. policy in Central America.
    More Details Hide Details Flavored with new instrumental textures, it was a huge success with many Browne fans, though not with mainstream audiences. The title track, "Lives in the Balance", with its Andean pan pipes – and lines like, "There's a shadow on the faces / Of the men who fan the flames / Of the wars that are fought in places / Where we can't even say the names" – was an outcry against U.S.-backed wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
  • 1985
    In 1985, he sang a duet with Clarence Clemons in a song called "You're a Friend of Mine".
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  • 1983
    Browne and Sweeney were divorced in 1983, when he began dating actress Daryl Hannah. The relationship with Hannah ended in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details He has been with artist and environmental activist Dianna Cohen, a cofounding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, since the mid-1990s. Browne was one of the leaders of the antinuclear movement and founded MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) with Bonnie Raitt and John Hall in 1979. He was also an active member of the Abalone Alliance and the Alliance for Survival. According to environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr., "He's got this big wind turbine, and his ranch is completely off the power grid", Begley said. "He's done all of it himself." Browne campaigns against the unnecessary use of water in plastic bottles and takes steps to reduce usage on his tours. He is part of the movement "Plastic Free Backstage". In April 2008, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association gave Browne the honor of "Environmentalist of the Year".
    The 1983 Lawyers in Love followed, signaling a discernible change from the personal to the political in his lyrics.
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  • 1982
    In 1982, he released the single "Somebody's Baby" from the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack, which became his biggest hit, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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  • 1981
    In January 1981 Browne married Australian model Lynne Sweeney.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Ryan Browne, born on January 28, 1982, has been a bass player and singer in the band Sonny and the Sunsets since 2007.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Soon after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, during March 1979, Browne joined with several musician friends to found the antinuclear organization Musicians United for Safe Energy.
    More Details Hide Details He was arrested protesting against the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo. His next album, Hold Out (1980), was commercially successful – his only number 1 record on the U.S. pop albums chart. The album generated "Boulevard".
  • 1978
    In June 1978 he performed on the grounds of the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant construction site in New Hampshire for 20,000 opponents of the reactor.
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    In spring of 1978, Browne appeared at the site of the Barnwell, South Carolina, nuclear reprocessing plant to perform a free concert the night before a civil disobedience action; he did not participate in the action.
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  • 1976
    Browne was devastated when Major committed suicide by consuming an overdose of sleeping pills just a few months later, in March 1976, at the age of 30.
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    Browne's character was even more apparent in his next album, The Pretender. It was released during 1976, after the suicide of his first wife, Phyllis Major.
    More Details Hide Details The album features production by Jon Landau and a mixture of styles, ranging from the mariachi-inspired "Linda Paloma" to the country-driven "Your Bright Baby Blues" and the downbeat "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate". "Here Come Those Tears Again", cowritten with Nancy Farnsworth, the mother of Phyllis Major, after the untimely death of Major, peaked at #23 on the Hot 100 one year to the week after that death. Running on Empty (1977), recorded entirely on tour, became his biggest commercial success. Breaking the usual conventions for a live album, Browne used only new material and combined live concert performances with recordings made on buses, in hotel rooms, and back stage. Running on Empty contains some of his most popular songs, such as the title track, "Rosie", and "The Load-Out/Stay" (Browne's send-off to his concert audiences and roadies).
  • 1975
    Browne and Major married in late 1975.
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  • 1974
    Late for the Sky (1974) consolidated Browne's fan base, and the album peaked at #14 on the Billboard album chart, the 84th-best-selling album of 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Browne's work began to demonstrate a reputation for memorable melody, insightful, often very personal lyrics, and a talent for his arrangements in composition. It featured a Magritte-inspired cover. Highlights included the title song, the elegiac "For a Dancer", "Before the Deluge", and "Fountain of Sorrow". The arrangements featured the violin and guitar of David Lindley, Jai Winding's piano, and the harmonies of Doug Haywood. The title track was also featured in Martin Scorsese's film Taxi Driver. During this period, Browne began his fractious but lifelong professional relationship with singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, mentoring Zevon's first two Asylum albums through the studio as a producer (working closely with Waddy Wachtel and Jorge Calderón).
  • 1971
    In 1971, Browne signed with his manager David Geffen's Asylum Records and released Jackson Browne (1972) produced and engineered by Richard Orshoff, which included the piano-driven "Doctor My Eyes", which entered the Top Ten in the US singles chart. "Rock Me on the Water", from the same album, also gained considerable radio airplay, while "Jamaica Say You Will" and "Song for Adam" (written about his friend Adam Saylor's death) helped establish Browne's reputation.
    More Details Hide Details Touring to promote the album, he shared the bill with Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell. 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 upbeat "Take It Easy", cowritten with Eagles' Glenn Frey, had already been a major success for that group, while his own recording of "These Days" reflected a sound representing Browne's angst.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    In 1968, following his breakup with Nico, Browne returned to Los Angeles, where he formed a folk band with Ned Doheny and Jack Wilce, and first met Glenn Frey.
    More Details Hide Details Browne's first songs, such as "Shadow Dream Song" and "These Days", were recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tom Rush, Nico, Steve Noonan, Gregg Allman, Joan Baez, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, the Byrds, and others. Browne did not release his own versions of these early songs until years later. Soon after this, Rolling Stone mentioned Browne as a "new face to look for" and praised his "mind-boggling melodies".
  • 1967
    In 1967, Browne and Nico were romantically linked and he became a significant contributor to her debut album, Chelsea Girl, writing and playing guitar on several of the songs (including "These Days").
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    He spent the remainder of 1967 and 1968 in Greenwich Village, where he backed Tim Buckley and singer Nico of the Velvet Underground.
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  • 1966
    After graduating in 1966, Browne joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performing at the Golden Bear (Huntington Beach, California) where they opened for The Lovin' Spoonful.
    More Details Hide Details The band later recorded a number of Browne's songs, including "These Days", "Holding", and "Shadow Dream Song". He also spent a short time in his friend Pamela Polland's band, Gentle Soul. Browne left the Dirt Band after a few months and moved to Greenwich Village, New York, where he became a staff writer for Elektra Records' publishing company, Nina Music before his eighteenth birthday. He reported on musical events in New York City with his friends Greg Copeland and Adam Saylor.
    He attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California, graduating in 1966.
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  • 1949
    Roberta "Berbie" Browne was born in 1946 in Nuremberg, Germany; and Edward Severin Browne was born in 1949 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
    More Details Hide Details His younger sister, Gracie Browne, was born a number of years later. At the age of three Browne and his family moved to his grandfather's famous house, Abbey San Encino in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles. In his teens he began singing folk songs in local venues such as the Ash Grove and The Troubador Club.
  • 1948
    Born on October 9, 1948.
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