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Birthdate: October 9, 1948
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Relations: Sons: Ethan Zane Browne(1973) and Ryan Daniel Browne(1982).
Clyde Jackson Browne was born on October 9, 1948 in Heidelberg, Germany to Clyde Jack Browne and Beatrice Amanda "Bea" Dahl. He has two siblings: Roberta "Berbie" who was born in 1946 in Nuremberg, Germany and Edward Severin who was born in 1949 in Frankfurt, Germany. (Jackson's father was overseas with the American Army newspaper.) Jackson also has two sons, Ethan Zane Browne, born November 2, 1973 in Los Angeles and Ryan Daniel Browne, born January 28, 1982 in Los Angeles.
The singer/guitarist/pianist/composer/political activist moved to Los Angeles, California with his family in 1951. As a teenager, he played in an early version of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which later performed some of his songs. He spent part of 1967 and 1968 in Greenwich Village, where he backed Tim Buckley and Nico. By late the 1960s and early 1970s he had built up a reputation as a songwriter. and had his songs recorded by The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, and many others. His first album simply called Jackson Browne (many refer to it as Saturate Before Using) included Doctor My Eyes, Something Fine and My opening Farewell. His second, For Everyman, were deeply inspired by the times and people in his life. Songs included Take it Easy (later recorded by The Eagles), Our Lady Of The Well and title song; For Everyman. [links are the songs, listen to them with a free REAL AUDIO player]
Jackson Browne's musical career of more than twenty-five years has reached the hearts and souls of millions of fans around the globe. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Jackson Browne's songs were recorded by artists such as Nico, Tom Rush, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, The Byrds and Gregg Allman. As a singer-songwriter in the early 1970s, Jackson's music and lyrics reached a more personal level than any of his peers while selling millions of albums and performing endless tours.
Jackson's son Ethan was born in 1973 and may have inspired him to some of the recordings on his third album "Late For The Sky," which is often cited as his best album. Three years after his son's birth, Jackson's wife Phyllis committed suicide. The emotional toll clearly shows in the melodies and lyrics of his fourth album, "The Pretender," although most of the songs on that album were written before the suicide. The release of "The Pretender" in 1976 gave Jackson Browne his first top ten album and yielded the hit songs "Here Come Those Tears Again," "The Fuse," and "The Pretender."