Thursday, October 02, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Jackson Browne
Song:Running On Empty
Album:Running On Empty
Jackson Browne was one of the most popular singer songwriters of the 70s. He was born Oct. 9, 1948 in Heidelberg, Germany and moved with his family to Los Angeles at age 3. He played local folk clubs as a teen and was invited to join the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966. He stayed long enough for them to record some of his songs and then signed a publishing deal with Elektra Records' publishing arm. He moved to New York to play with Tim Buckley and recorded with then girlfriend Nico from the Velvet Underground. Browne moved back to Los Angeles in 1968 and unsuccessfully attempted to launch a recording career. But his songs were recorded by others and he signed with Asylum Records in 1971. Browne had a top ten hit single in 1972 with Doctor My Eyes but established himself as a best selling album artist with 1974's Late From The Sky. Browne's wife Phyllis committed suicide in 1976 and his album The Pretender was an even bigger success. And his 1977 live album Running On Empty was an even bigger hit. It was unusual for a live album as it included songs recorded at various locations including hotel rooms and the tour bus. The songs are mostly about life on the road. The song Running On Empty was recorded in concert in Columbia, MD. Rhino released an expanded 2CD edition of Running On Empty in 2005. Browne continued to have success through the 80s but faded in the 90s. He left Elektra/Asylum in 2003 and released his latest CD last week on his own label Inside Recordings. It's called Time The Conqueror. Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004. Here's Jackson Browne performing Running On Empty in 1979.