Jackson Browne wrote several songs for fellow Southern California bands Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Eagles, the latter of whom had their first Billboard Top 40 hit in 1972 with the Browne co-written song "Take It Easy".
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Jackson Browne's mother, Beatrice Amanda, was a Minnesota native of Norwegian ancestry.
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Jackson Browne attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California, graduating in 1966.
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Jackson Browne spent a short time in his friend Pamela Polland's band, Gentle Soul.
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Jackson Browne did not release his own versions of these early songs until years later.
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In 1971, Browne signed with his manager David Geffen's Asylum Records and released Jackson Browne produced and engineered by Richard Orshoff, which included the piano-driven "Doctor My Eyes", which entered the Top Ten in the US singles chart.
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Jackson Browne's work began to demonstrate a reputation for memorable melody, insightful, often very personal lyrics, and a talent for his arrangements in composition.
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When touring in 1975, Jackson Browne was accompanied by his wife Phyllis and one-year-old son Ethan.
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Jackson Browne's character was even more apparent in his next album, The Pretender.
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In spring of 1978, Jackson 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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Jackson Browne was arrested protesting against the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo.
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In 1993, four years after his previous album, Jackson 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 sitcom Friends.
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Jackson Browne sang a duet with Jann Arden, "Unloved", on her 1995 album Living Under June.
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Jackson Browne released his first album in six years, The Naked Ride Home in 2002, with a performance on Austin City Limits, featuring the recording with older familiar songs.
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Jackson Browne had written quite a few hit songs that many artists, including the Eagles, had recorded over the span of his career.
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Liberal Democrat, Jackson Browne appeared in several rallies for presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 2000, singing "I Am a Patriot" and other songs.
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Jackson Browne participated in the Vote for Change tour during October 2004, playing a series of concerts in American swing states.
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Jackson Browne is part of the No Nukes group which is against the expansion of nuclear power.
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Jackson Browne made a cameo appearance in the 2007 film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
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Jackson Browne again performed there with Heart and other musician guest stars in 2009.
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In September 2009, Jackson Browne joined artists such as Fred Tackett, Inara George and others in supporting orphans, foster and homeless children through Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection with proceeds going to help educate at-risk youth.
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Jackson 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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Jackson Browne plays himself and sings in episode 10 of the Showtime series Roadies.
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In March 2020, Jackson Browne released "A Little Soon to Say" as the first single from his then-as-yet-untitled upcoming fifteenth album.
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In March 2021, Jackson Browne collaborated with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers for a new version of her song "Kyoto", released exclusively for Spotify.
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Ethan Jackson Browne has worked as a model and had small parts in two movies, Raising Helen and Hackers.
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Jackson Browne has been with artist and environmental activist Dianna Cohen, a cofounding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, since the mid-1990s.
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Jackson Browne was an active member of the Abalone Alliance and the Alliance for Survival.
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Jackson Browne received the Duke LEAF Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts in 2010 for his environmental activism and efforts to make his tours more "green".
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Jackson Browne attended the TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch conference, performing a new song, "If I Could Be Anywhere", which laments mankind's destruction of the earth and giving hope to activism.
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In November 2013, Jackson 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.
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Jackson Browne covered John Lennon's "Oh My Love" to benefit Amnesty International's campaign to alleviate the crisis in Darfur.
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Jackson Browne held a benefit concert for the Rory David Deutsch Foundation which is dedicated to providing funding for brain tumor research and treatment.
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In October 2010, Jackson Browne performed at both days of the 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, a yearly fundraiser established by Neil Young.
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Jackson Browne has continued to provide exclusive music tracks for various charity and benefit albums, including Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection .
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Jackson Browne provided a live version of "Drums of War" for The People Speak Soundtrack.
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In 2002, Jackson Browne received the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists who exemplify the environmental and social values that Steinbeck believed in.
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In 2007, Jackson Browne was awarded the Chapin-World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award.
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In 2008, Jackson Browne received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in recognition of his lifetime in the arts and dedication as a social activist.
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Jackson Browne's award was presented by Awards Council member Senator Tom Daschle.
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