Happy Birthday to Don Henley, who turns 65 on Sunday (July 22nd)!!! Henley and Glenn Frey co-founded the Eagles in 1971, and are responsible for the band's best loved songs, including "Hotel California," "One Of These Nights," "Desperado," "Best Of My Love," "Life In The Fast Lane," "New Kid In Town," "The Long Run," and many more.
In April 2011, Henley was honored in Washington, D.C. at the 10th annual Grammys on The Hill for his advocacy on behalf of the music community. Henley was awarded the inaugural Recording Artists Coalition award. He's currently in the studio with co-producer and former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch recording an upcoming country-tinged project that's due out sometime in the near future. His last studio set, Inside Job, was released in 2000 and peaked at Number Seven.
After the Eagles' initial split in 1980, Henley enjoyed the most successful solo career of any of the Eagles, scoring such solo hits as "Dirty Laundry," "Leather And Lace" with Stevie Nicks, "Sunset Grill," "The Boys Of Summer," "All She Wants To Do Is Dance," "The End Of The Innocence," "The Heart Of The Matter," "The Last Worthless Evening," and "New York Minute," among others.
Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon remembers being impressed early on by Henley's songwriting talents: "When the band started, Henley wasn't really writing. So, he only co-wrote one song on the first album -- that was 'Witchy Woman' with me. And then the second album he comes out with this full-blown, masterpiece song 'Desperado.' Now, how could he do that? I don't know, except the fact that he was an English major, so he understood storytelling, he understood language. (Laughs) He pulled that out of a dark and hidden place."
The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):
November 17 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
September 1, 2 - Atlantic City, NJ - Ovation Hall