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Don Henley: Band Musician and Solo Career

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Don Henley is an American rock singer and musician. He was the drummer and also one of the lead singers of the band “The Eagles”. His real name is Donald Hugh Henley and he was born in Gilmer, TX on July 22nd, 1947. Henley left “The Eagles” due to some causes and then he started his solo career. In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles, CA to record a disc with the first band he played “Shiloh”. Then he left that group and created his own band named “The First Edition”.

A short time after that, Henley met Glenn Frey and suddenly they started to play with the band of Linda Ronstad which later became the famous group “The Eagles”. This band released its first record in 1972 and it contains the song written by Henley called “Witchy Woman”. Then Henley replaced Frey in the vocals. The group broke in 1980 due to several personal reasons of its members. While playing with “The Eagles” Don co wrote several hit singles such as “Hotel California” and “Desperado”.

After the breakup of the band Don started his solo career and in 1982 he released his first album entitled “I Can’t Stand Still” which was a moderate seller. After that he launched his second disc named “Building the Perfect Beast” which contains the single “The Boys of Summer” that reached the position number five on the Billboard Hot 100. Henley won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song “Deadhead Sticker on a Cadillac” that also won several MTV Music Awards including Best Video of the Year.

In 1989 Don released his third album called “The End of the Innocence” which was very successful. In 1994 the old band “The Eagles” met again to record a live album and to tour also until 2005. In 1995 Don released the disc “Actual Miles: Henley’s Greatest Hits”, in 2000 launched “Inside Job” and in 2002 he released his last album named “One of These Nights”.

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