His close friend Bruce Springsteen inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2004 with the spicy line, “Jackson was a bona fide rock’n’roll sex star”, and a tribute album to Browne, , featuring Springsteen, the Eagles’ Don Henley, and Bonnie Raitt, was released early this year.“In my country, and it’s not necessarily true here [in the UK], musicians are accorded a certain amount of time and you can keep on doing it,” he maintains – and he is impassioned on the subject of a musician honing their craft.“It takes a lot of time to get to be a musician, you have to spend a lot of time practising what looks like nothing to other people, to make it look like you’re not doing anything,” he emphasises.
“You need isolation and you need a certain amount of room, you need a buffer zone, sometimes you just need a girlfriend. Homeless.”Browne, who has been married twice, to model Phyllis Major (who committed suicide in 1976) and Australian model Lynne Sweeney (whom he divorced in 1982), has been with environmental activist Dianna Cohen since the 1990s and climate issues are very close to his heart.
Browne was born October 9, 1948 in Heidelberg, Germany, where his father Clyde Jack Browne, an American serviceman, was stationed for his job assignment with the Stars and Stripes newspaper.
Browne's mother, Beatrice Amanda (née Dahl), was a Minnesota native of Norwegian ancestry. Roberta "Berbie" Browne was born in 1946 in Nuremberg, Germany; and Edward Severin Browne was born in 1949 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
He has long lived in and around southern California.
He married two models and then became famously entangled with fellow -activist Daryl Hannah.
Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded songs such as "These Days", "The Pretender", "Running on Empty", "Lawyers in Love", "Doctor My Eyes", "Take It Easy", "For a Rocker", and "Somebody's Baby".
In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
“Now you have people turning up in supermarkets with fully loaded assault weapons because they have the legal right to do it.””, for instance, is whimsical (“my mother married an oxygenarian ladies man”), political (“I keep on hearing ’bout the disappearing ozone layer”) and, ultimately, poignant, finishing on the line “I figure I’ll be doing some disappearing myself”.
Browne, who lives at his California ranch “off-grid”, with his self-made wind-generator, doesn’t have the high profile he generated in the early 1980s, around the time of “” and his relationship with Splash star Daryl Hannah, but he remains hugely admired by his US contemporaries.