The Insider

updated 10/10/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/10/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

BROWNE BAGGED

If Jackson Browne thought the media took him to task in 1992 after his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend Daryl Hannah accused him of physically abusing her, wait till he hears how old pal Joni Mitchell treats him on "Not to Blame," a song from her next album, Turbulent Indigo, which Reprise Records will release on Oct. 25.

Though Mitchell never mentions either Browne or Hannah by name, a source tells us Mitchell had the pair in mind when she wrote the tune. "The story hit the news," the song begins, "From coast to coast/ They said you beat the girl/ You loved the most/ Your charitable acts/ Seemed out of place/ With the beauty/ With your fist marks on her face." (Browne is known for his involvement in benefit concerts for various causes.) The song ends with references to the abuser's first wife committing suicide and leaving behind a young son—as Browne's wife, Phyllis Major, did in 1976.

Hannah and Browne both declined comment. Mitchell says only that the song is meant to support "battered women everywhere."

LONI LETS LOOSE

With Burt Reynolds' autobiography, My Life, due out this week, could a book by ex-wife Loni Anderson be far behind? Well, Anderson's literary agent, Sterling Lord, tells us that when the couple split, Anderson "was offered a lot of money to do a book. She wasn't in the frame of mind then. She is now." So he's been shopping an Anderson bio around New York City. Lord says that unlike Reynolds, who doesn't address details of the couple's recent divorce in his book, Anderson "has no hesitation talking about it." Lord adds that her attitude toward Reynolds "is not one of bitterness."

And, though they're battling each other in court over parental and financial issues, Reynolds says he wishes Anderson well and hopes her book "makes a lot of money."

AIR VANDROSS

Singer Luther Vandross will go to any lengths to get the right backup singer. He wanted longtime colleague Lisa Fischer to accompany him at the Sept. 13 taping of his upcoming PBS special in London—and wouldn't take no for an answer.

Fischer had already signed on to tour as a backup singer for the Rolling Stones and was set to appear in Chicago on Sept. 12 and in Denver on Sept. 15. Undeterred, Vandross arranged for a private jet to take Fischer from Chicago to London and bring her back to Denver on Sept. 14. The tab: one week's salary for Fischer and more than $60,000 for the plane.

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