Jackson Browne spent a half-dozen years in various groups, often writing songs that were recorded by other artists. He finally found success as a solo act in 1972 with the release of the top ten single Doctor My Eyes.
He released two more albums over the next five years, but the best he could manage on the singles chart came in 1977 when the release of Here Come Those Tears Again managed to climb up to number 23. That single was followed by the release of the title song from his fourth album, The Pretender. That release did even more poorly (it only got as high as #53), but it got significant airplay on album-oriented rock stations.
Numerous successful albums followed The Pretender, and Jackson’s most successful single came from the soundtrack of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, She Must Be Somebody’s Baby.