'Running On Empty' - Jackson Browne


Writer: Jackson Browne

Producer: Jackson Browne

Recorded: August 27, 1977 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland

Released: Fall 1977

Players: Jackson Browne -- vocals, guitar
Danny Kortchmar -- guitar
David Lindley -- slide guitar
Leland Sklar -- bass
Craig Doerge -- piano
Russell Kunkel -- drums
Doug Haywood -- backing vocals
Rosemary Butler -- backing vocals
Album: Running On Empty (Asylum, 1977)

With its lyrics about aging and remembering youth ("In '69 I was 21/And I called the road my own"), "Running On Empty" became an instant signature song for Jackson Browne when it was released in 1977.

"Running On Empty" peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, Browne's third-highest charting single after "Somebody's Baby," which peaked at Number Seven in 1982, and "Doctor My Eyes," which peaked at Number Eight in 1972.

The song was recorded live during a concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, during Browne's summer 1977 tour in support of his album The Pretender.

Running On Empty was, in fact, a road album, with songs recorded on stage, on the tour bus, in dressing rooms, and in hotel rooms.

The album peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200. It's sold more than 5 million copies and ranks as Browne's best-selling collection.

The album also charted in the U.K., where it reached Number 28.