Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne
Miami Vice Performer
October 9, 1948, Heidelberg, Germany
Phyllis Major (1975-76, her death), one son
Lynne Sweeney (1981-83, divorced), one son

Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948, Heidelberg, Germany) is an American singer-songwriter, whose song "Lives in the Balance" appeared in the episode "Stone's War" of the show Miami Vice.


Browne joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, and also wrote songs performed by Joan Baez, The Eagles, and others. In 1971, he signed a solo deal with Asylum Records and recorded his self-titled debut album in 1972 (featuring "Doctor My Eyes"), which did well, his followup album, For Everyman, included his version of "Take It Easy", the song he and Eagles member Glenn Frey co-wrote and Frey's band reached the Billboard Top 20 with (After Frey's death in 2016, Browne and the surviving Eagles performed "Take it Easy" at the Grammy Awards that year). He released two more albums before Running On Empty (featuring the title track and "Stay") came out in 1977, which mixed live recordings with songs taped backstage, in buses, and in hotel rooms. His 1980 album Hold Out was his only Billboard #1 album, despite no Top 40 singles and poor reviews. In 1982 Browne recorded the song "Somebody's Baby" featured in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which was his highest charting single (#7). 1983's Lawyers In Love (featuring the title track and "Tender Is The Night") began his change in song theme from personal to political, which came to the forefront with 1986's Lives in the Balance, the title track referenced America's involvement in Central America. Browne also appeared at the farm benefit show Farm Aid. Browne released six more albums between 1989-2014, none of which had any major success commercially. In the 2000s he became more politically active, appearing in rallies for political candidates, suing John McCain in 2008 when he used "Running on Empty" in a political ad without Browne's permission (settled out of court in 2009). Browne was inducted by Bruce Springsteen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Personal Life

Browne married Phyllis Major in 1975 until her death by suicide in 1976, they had one son, Ethan Zane (born 1973). Major's sudden death shocked and devastated Browne. Browne then married Lynne Sweeney in 1981 until their divorce in 1983, they had one son, Ryan Daniel (born 1982), then was involved with actress Daryl Hannah from 1984 until 1992, since the mid-1990s Browne has been in a relationship with artist Dianna Cohen.

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