On Nov. 20,1976, Jackson Browne’s The Pretender entered the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart at #52. It was Browne’s fourth album for Asylum Records and his first in the Top 10, eventually hitting #5.
Two years had passed since the release of Late for the Sky and although fans were clamoring to hear him perform live, Browne was less than enthusiastic about a supporting tour. He was coming off the sudden death of his wife (suicide by pills) and more interested in raising his two-year-old son.
The LP generated two singles: “Here Come Those Tears Again” (Browne shares co-writing credits with his wife’s mother) and the title track, which reached #23 and #58 respectively. (I’m partial to the opening track, “The Fuse.”)
In 2004, Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.