Jackson Browne has been one of the great songwriters of the modern era. With his amazing and varied hits — "Doctor My Eyes," "The Pretender,"
"Running On Empty," "Somebody's Baby," "Rock Me On the Water," "Lawyers in Love" and Glenn Frey co-write "Take It Easy" — the man was a shoo-in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Browne had been in professional music six years (he played with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Nico) when he blasted into the public consciousness in 1971 with Jackson Browne. Then, with a four-album creative burst from 1973-77 — For Everyman, Late for the Sky, The Pretender and Running On Empty — Browne's fame was assured and his place on oldies radio secure. Part of the supercharged Southern California scene that included Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, and the Eagles, Browne's work distinguished itself with a poetic introspection and social consciousness that struck a very personal chord with a hungry public. Despite all that, we still hope he plays "Redneck Friend" and "Rosie" before the night is over.