Jackson Browne celebrates his 70th birthday today (October 9th). His song “Somebody’s Baby” which came out in 1982 was written for the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack. and it became one of his biggest hits. 15 years later, when he was putting together his first “best of” compilation, The Next Voice You Hear, he had a chance to take stock of what the song really meant to him.
“In reevaluating everything, I mean, I guess I’ve already based so much of my idea of myself on “The Pretender” and “In the Shape of a Heart” and I’ve never really bothered with ‘Somebody’s Baby.’ But it’s a cool song, it makes me happy. It’s like something that evolved very naturally and very unselfconsciously and took its place and did its work and became a song in a movie. I mean, that song sort of had a life of its own and it certainly has a place in my work.”
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