Jackson Browne was born in Germany, and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was three years old. As a teenager, he spent much of the 60s playing in L.A. folk clubs, before moving to Greenwich Village in 1966, where he became a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He was only with them for a few months before he left to go solo, and he got himself a job as a staff writer for Elektra Records' publishing company. He then left New York for Southern California, and over the next few years his songs were recorded by artists including Tom Rush, The Byrds, Linda Ronstadt, Nico and Steve Noonan.
He was signed to David Geffen's Asylum Records (which was actually formed so that Geffen could sign him) in 1971, and his debut album came out early the next year. With his eloquent, reflective lyrics set to a mellow musical backing, it turned out to be a landmark album in the burgeoning Californian singer-songwriter scene, and set Browne on his way to becoming a star. It featured many of his best-known songs, including "Rock Me On The Water", "Jamaica Say You Will" and "Doctor My Eyes", the latter becoming a Top 10 hit when released as a single.
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