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Donald (Don) Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is a rock musician most noted as the drummer and one of the lead singers of the band The Eagles.

Henley moved from Linden, Texas to Los Angeles in 1970 to record an album with his early band, Shiloh. Shortly thereafter, Henley met Glenn Frey through Amos Records in Los Angeles. They both became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band and in 1971 co-founded The Eagles. The first Eagles album was released in 1972 and contained the hit song "Take it easy." The band broke up in 1980; during the Eagles' existence Henley wrote or co-wrote most of the band's best-known songs, notably "Desperado" and "Hotel California".

During the span of their 10 year career, the band met enormous international success and sold over 80 million albums worldwide; at the time of their 1981 break-up, they had four No. 1 albums, five No. 1 singles, and four Grammys to their credit. Though Henley was the band's drummer, he co-wrote all 10 of the group's top 10 hits and sang lead on many of them. Both he and band co-founder Glenn Frey each went on to notable solo success, but significantly, as Frey's career began cooling down in the late '80s, Henley's was getting hotter by the minute.

Following the breakup of the Eagles, Henley embarked on a successful solo career. His first solo release, 1982's I Can't Stand Still, was a moderate seller and was followed two years later by Building the Perfect Beast, which featured layered synthesizers and was a marked departure from the Eagles' country-rock sound. A single release, "The Boys of Summer", reached #1 on the Billboard magazine's pop charts (the song would become a hit again in 2003 for The Ataris). Henley's next album, 1989's The End of the Innocence, was equally successful. A long period without a new recording followed, as Henley waited out a dispute with his record company and participated in an Eagles reunion tour and live album. Henley finally released another solo studio recording, Inside Job, in 2000. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Interestingly, the solo careers of Henley and Frey share another parallel: Each writer is heavily dependent on using songwriting collaborators. When together in the Eagles, neither Henley or Frey had ever has written a song solely on his own; the vast majority of their songs were written together, often with other writers. Alone, Frey has penned exactly two songs on his own--1982's "All Those Lies" and 1992's instrumental "Agua Tranquillo"--and Henley, none. While Frey has typically used Jack Tempchin, Henley generally works with guitarist/producer Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar.

With 1984's double-platinum Building The Perfect Beast, Henley's solo career markedly heated up. "The Boys Of Summer," the album's opening track, was a brilliant single which, with its memorable lyrics about a Cadillac bearing a "Deadhead" sticker and Henley's refrain, "Don't look back, you can never look back," conveyed a new maturity that has suited Henley well--and helped take him into the '90s perceived as a relevant artist. Three additional top 40 hits, including the top 10 "All She Wants To Do Is Dance," kept the album high in the charts well over a year.

Henley founded the non-profit Caddo Lake Institute to underwrite ecological education and research. As part of the Caddo Lake Coalition, CLI helps protect the Texas wetland where Henley spent much of his childhood.

I Can't Stand Still (1982) #24 US, US Sales: 500,000
Building the Perfect Beast (1984) #13 US, #14 UK, US Sales: 3,000,000
The End of the Innocence (1989) #8 US, #17 UK, US Sales: 6,000,000
Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits (1995) #48 US, US Sales: 1,000,000
Inside Job (2000) #7 US, #25 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000
One of These Nights [live] (2002)

Hit singles
from Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks album)
1982 "Leather and Lace" (with Stevie Nicks) #6 US
from I Can't Stand Still
1983 "Dirty Laundry" #3 US
from Bulding the Perfect Beast
1985 "The Boys Of Summer" #5 US, #12 UK
1985 "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" #9 US
1985 "Not Enough Love in the World" #34 US
1985 "Sunset Grill" #22 US
from The End of the Innocence
1989 "The End of the Innocence" #8 US
1989 "The Last Worthless Evening" #21 US
1990 "The Heart of the Matter" #21 US
from Patty Smyth (Patty Smyth album)
1992 "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" (Patty Smyth with Don Henley) #2 US, #22 UK
non-album re-issue single
1998 "The Boys Of Summer" (re-issue) #12 UK
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