After a brief stint in The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, singer songwriter Jackson Browne left to pursue a solo career. His demo scored him a deal with Asylum Records although his earliest successes came with other artists covering his tunes including the Jackson 5's reading of 'Doctor My Eyes' and The Eagles' 'Take It Easy'. His heartfelt melodic delivery and excellent lyrics practically defined the Californian singer/songwriter genre of the early-70s. Browne's first three albums Jackson Browne, For Everyman and Late For The Sky became huge hits and remain classics while the suicide in 1976 of his wife Phyllis informed the release of the bleak Running On Empty, although Browne made no overt reference to the tragedy. Browne's political activism, particularly for the anti-nuclear cause, took precedence over his music career in the 70s and what material he did release was nowhere near as good as his previous work. He came back in the early 90s with I'm Alive, a brilliant comeback that showed he could still kick it. In 2004, Browne was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.