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Birth name: Donald Hugh Henley.
Born: July 22, 1947 Gilmer, Texas, USA.
Donald Hugh "Don" Henley is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band the Eagles. He has since become a successful solo artist and has played a founding role in several environmental and political causes.
The first Eagles album was released in 1972 and contained the hit song "Take It Easy," as well as Henley's first hit songwriting attempt, "Witchy Woman", co-written with guitarist Bernie Leadon. As the 1970s progressed, Henley's raspy vocals replaced Glenn Frey's smooth tenor as the focal point of the Eagles' sound.
The band broke up in 1980 following a difficult tour and increased personal tensions resulting from the recording of the band's last studio album The Long Run.
During the Eagles' run, Henley co-wrote (usually with Frey) most of the band's best-known songs, notably "Desperado" and "Hotel California."
Henley sang lead vocals on many of the Eagles' popular songs, including "Desperado," "The Best of My Love," "One of These Nights," "Hotel California," "The Long Run" and "Get Over It".
As of 2007, Henley continues to tour and record with the Eagles, with a new album expected to be released later in the year.
Following the breakup of the Eagles, Henley embarked on a productive solo career, the most commercially successful of any of the Eagles. His first solo release, 1982's I Can't Stand Still, was a moderate seller. The song "Dirty Laundry," a denunciation of local television news, received the most airplay. Henley and his erstwhile lover, Stevie Nicks, would duet on her Billboard Hot 100 No. 6 hit "Leather and Lace" that same year.
This was followed in 1984 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 No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's haunting rhythms and lyrics of loss and aging, capped by seeing "a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac," immediately connected with a certain age group. The music video for the song was a striking, evocative, black-and-white, French New Wave-influenced masterpiece directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino that won several MTV Video Music Awards including Best Video of the Year. Henley also won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song. The album's "All She Wants to Do Is Dance," (No. 9 on Hot 100), "Sunset Grill," and "Not Enough Love in the World" also received considerable airplay.
Henley's next album, 1989's The End of the Innocence, was even more successful. The title track, a collaboration with Bruce Hornsby, was a melancholy, piano-driven tale of finding bits of happiness in a corrupt world, and reached No. 8 as a single. The hit follow-up, "The Heart of the Matter," was an emotive chance remembrance of a lost love. Both songs used the effective technique of varying the words in the chorus each time it is sung, to advance the song's narrative. The album's "The Last Worthless Evening" and "New York Minute" were among other songs that gained radio airplay. Henley again won the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Grammy for the album.
In live shows, Henley would play drums and sing simultaneously only on certain Eagles songs; on his solo songs he would either play electric guitar and sing or just sing. Occasionally Eagles songs would get drastic rearrangements, such as "Hotel California" with four trombones.
A long period without a new recording followed, as Henley waited out a dispute with his record company while also participating in a 1994 Eagles reunion tour and live album. During the hiatus, Henley provided background vocals for country star Trisha Yearwood's hit single "Walkaway Joe" and duetted with Patty Smyth on "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" and Roger Waters on "Watching TV" on Waters' Amused to Death album, in 1992.
Henley finally released another solo studio recording, Inside Job, in 2000 to a generally indifferent response, although its lead single "Taking You Home" received some airplay.
Henley's most recent recording is a duet with Kenny Rogers on Rogers' 2006 release Water & Bridges titled "Calling Me."