Don Henley

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About Don Henley

As a member of the Eagles and as a solo artist, legendary rock star Don Henley has won 6 Grammy Awards and scored 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits. ∙ He got his start as a drummer, when his high school marching band director switched him from trombone because he banged incessantly on his textbooks. ∙ In 1969, after seeing Henley’s band Felicity in a Dallas bar, Kenny Rogers took them to his home in L.A. and helped them cut a single, cowritten by the singing drummer. ∙ A regular at L.A.’s famed Troubadour nightclub, he met Linda Ronstadt, who hired him and Glenn Frey for her backing band, which evolved into the Eagles in 1971. ∙ He cowrote and sang on “Desperado,” “Best of My Love,” “One of These Nights,” and “Hotel California,” as the Eagles became the best-selling band in US history. ∙ After launching his solo career in 1982, he won two Grammy Awards and had four Top 10 singles, including “The Boys of Summer” and “The End of the Innocence.” ∙ Eagles collaborator J.D. Souther attributed much of Henley’s enduring popularity to his “insanely beautiful” voice, “like 400-grain sandpaper, rough but fine.” ∙ Ranked by Rolling Stone as the 87th greatest singer of all time, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Eagles in 1998.

Gilmer, TX, United States
July 22, 1947

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