Don Henley Biography
Don Henley was born on July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas USA; he began his musical career in 1970 as a drummer and sometimes as a singer in a band called Shiloh, but he became better know during the '70s as a drummer for Eagles; after ten years, six albums and over 80 million albums sold worldwide, the supergroup disbanded and Henley embarked on his solo career.
His first album, "I Can't Stand Still", released in 1982, reached
#24 on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart and its first single,
"Dirty Laundry", shot to #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart and
peaked at #3 on the Pop Singles list; the duet with Stevie Nicks, "Leather
And Lace", was another U.S. top 10 hit.
Two years later, Henley's second solo effort, "Building The Perfect Beast", reached the #13 spot on The Billboard 200 Albums chart and generated a monster hit single in "The Boys Of Summer", which rocketed to the top of The Mainstream Rock chart, rose to #5 on The Billboard Hot 100 and cracked the U.K. Top 20 Singles chart; "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" also peaked at #1 on The Mainstream Rock list and hit the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100. The album yielded three more hit singles: "Sunset Grill" reached #7 on The Mainstream Rock chart and #22 on The Billboard Hot 100,, "Not Enough Love In The World" climbed into the American Top 40 and entered the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks and "Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed" hit #9 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
In early 1986 Don Henley was awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Male Performance for "The Boys Of Summer".
That same year he scored another Mainstream Rock top 3 hit single with "Who Owns This Place?", which was featured on the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's "The Color Of Money".
His third album, "The End Of The Innocence", came out in June 1989, it became his biggest-selling record peaking at #8 on The Billboard 200 and moving over 3 million copies in the United States in less than a year. The opening title-track, co-written with Bruce Hornsby, went straight to #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart and hit #8 on The Billboard Hot 100; the album yielded five more Mainstream Rock top 10 hit singles: "I Will Not Go Quietly", "If Dirt Were Dollars", "How Bad Do You Want It?", "The Last Worthless Evening" and "The Heart Of The Matter", the latter two also managed to crack the American Top 40 chart. In February 1990, at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards, Don Henley won for Best Rock Vocal Performance for "The End Of The Innocence".
He enjoyed his biggest singles success to date two years later, when his duet with Patty Smyth, "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough", spent several weeks at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Henley was back with Eagles in 1994, that year the band embarked on a reunion tour and released their first album in 14 years.
Don Henley returned to his solo career issuing his greatest hits compilation,
"Actual Miles", in November 1995; the set included an unreleased
song called "The Garden Of Allah", which crested at #16 on
The Mainstream Rock chart.
His fourth solo album of new material, "Inside Job", was released in May of 2000 peaking at #7 on The Billboard Top 200 chart; nevertheless, the album stalled at sales of one million and failed to generate a big hit; the main single, "Taking You Home", doesn't burn up the The Billboard Hot 100 chart like its predecessors only reaching #58 and the follow-up single, "Working It", didn't rise higher than #21 on the Active Rock airplay chart.