1. (00:05:37) Don Henley - Dirty Laundry
2. (00:04:47) Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer
3. (00:04:30) Don Henley - All She Wants To Do Is Dance
4. (00:03:54) Don Henley - Not Enough Love In The World
5. (00:06:30) Don Henley - Sunset Grill
6. (00:05:15) Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence
7. (00:06:04) Don Henley - The Last Worthless Evening
8. (00:06:32) Don Henley - New York Minute
9. (00:05:42) Don Henley - I Will Not Go Quietly
10. (00:05:21) Don Henley - The Heart Of The Matter
11. (00:07:04) Don Henley - The Garden Of Allah
12. (00:05:37) Don Henley - You Don't Know Me At All
13. (00:06:08) Don Henley - Everybody Knows
Playing Time.........: 67 min 47 sec
Total Size...........: 468.51 MB
NFO generated on.....: 9/12/2008 4:08:55 PM
Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by American
singer/songwriter Don Henley, released in 1995
Released November 21, 1995
Producer Don Henley,
Donald Hugh " Don " Henley (born July 22, 1947, in Linden, Texas, U.S.) is an
American rock singer, songwriter and drummer, best known as a founding
member of the Eagles before launching a successful Grammy Award winning
Henley has also played a founding role in several environmental and political
causes, most notably the Walden Woods Project. Since 1994, he has divided
his musical activities between the Eagles and his solo career.
Don Henley initially attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University in
Nacogdoches, Texas. He then attended North Texas State University
(renamed in 1986 the University of North Texas) in Denton, Texas during
1968 and 1969. He left to spend time with his father, who was dying from
heart and arterial disease.
In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band,
Shiloh. Shiloh's album was produced by fellow Texan Kenny Rogers. Shortly
thereafter, Henley met Glenn Frey through Amos Records in Los Angeles.
They both became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band -- touring with
her was the catalyst for forming the group in the first place. As a result, two
months later they became their own act, the Eagles. All four of the original
Eagles are featured in the 1970 Ronstadt album Silk Purse. Later, Linda also
covered one of the Eagles' songs "Desperado".
Tenure with the Eagles
The Eagles were formed in 1971, and released their first album in 1972, which
contained the hit song "Take It Easy". During the band's run, Henley co-
wrote (usually with Frey) most of the band's best-known songs, notably
"Desperado". It was on the album Hotel California that Henley wrote what
many consider his masterpiece: "The Last Resort". The song tells the story
about the negative impact of the westward movement. Or as he explained it:
"...we all know how the west was won. This is a song about how the west
was lost!". Henley sang lead vocals on many of the band's popular songs,
including "Desperado", "The Best of My Love", "One of These Nights", "Hotel
California", "The Long Run", and "Wasted Time". The Eagles won numerous
Grammy Awards during the 1970s and became one of the most successful
rock bands of all time. Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) is the best-selling
album ever (in America), in any category. They are also the only band to
have two best-selling albums in the top 15 American best-sellers of all time
and are also amongst the top 5 overall best-selling bands of all time in
The band broke up in 1980 following a difficult tour and increased personal
tensions resulting from the recording of The Long Run.
The Eagles reunited in 1994. Henley continues to tour and record with the
Eagles, with a new album, Long Road Out of Eden, released in 2007.
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 single "Dirty
Laundry", a denunciation of tabloid media, 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. Henley contributed "Love Rules" to
the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack.
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 montage 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. Several other songs on the album, "All
She Wants to Do Is Dance" (No. 9 on Hot 100), "Not Enough Love in the
World" (#34) and "Sunset Grill" (#22) also received considerable airplay.
Henley's next album, 1989's The End of the Innocence, was even more
successful. The song "The End of the Innocence", a collaboration with Bruce
Hornsby, is 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", is an emotive chance remembrance of a lost love. Both songs
use 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
In 1989, Don Henley made a brief appearance on MTV's Unplugged series.
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 recorded a cover of Sit
Down, You're Rockin' the Boat for the film Leap of Faith, 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.
In 2000, Henley released another solo studio recording, Inside Job,
containing the lead single "Taking You Home".
Henley's most recent recording appearances include a duet with Kenny
Rogers on Rogers' 2006 release Water & Bridges titled "Calling Me" and on
Reba McEntire's 2007 album, Reba: Duets, performing "Break Each Other's
Political and Other Causes
In 1990, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to help protect Walden
Woods from development. The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods was
started in 1998 to provide for research and education regarding Henry David
Henley co-founded the non-profit Caddo Lake Institute in 1993 to underwrite
ecological education and research. As part of the Caddo Lake Coalition, CLI
helps protect the Texas wetland where Henley spent much of his childhood.
In 2000, Henley co-founded with Sheryl Crow the Recording Artists' Coalition,
a group founded to protect musicians' rights against common music industry
business practices. In this role he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee
on the Judiciary in 2001 and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science and Transportation in 2003.
Henley is not always an idealist. In a March 2001 interview on Charlie Rose,
he stated that "rock bands work best as a benevolent dictatorship," with the
principal songwriters in a band (in the case of the Eagles, "me and Glenn
Frey") being the ones that will likely hold the power.
He has also been a generous donor to political campaigns. Henley has always
been a supporter of the Democratic Party. The Washington Post found that
since 1978, Henley has donated over $680,000 to political candidates.
In the late 70s, early 80s, Henley dated Fleetwood Mac musician Stevie
Nicks, and had a long term relationship with actress/model and Bond girl Lois
In the early 80's, Henley was engaged to Battlestar Galactica actress Maren
Jensen. His first solo album ("I Can't Stand Still") is dedicated to Jensen, who
also sings harmony vocals on the song "Johnny Can't Read". Henley and
Jensen separated in 1986 .
In 1995, Henley married Sharon Summerall, a former model from Texas who
had lived in Paris and studied art history. Performers at the wedding included
Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Jackson Browne, Donna
Lewis, Sheryl Crow, Glenn Frey, and Tony Bennett.
Psychobilly musician Mojo Nixon, wrote a song called "Don Henley Must Die".
Some years later, Mojo was playing at Austin's Hole in the Wall when Don
Henley, who was also scheduled to play in Austin, came in. Mojo announced
he was going to play the song when Henley himself climbed up on stage and
began beatboxing to the song, which left Mojo utterly speechless. The two
have since become friends.
Henley wrote the song "Everything Is Different Now" from the album Inside
Job for Sharon. It has been announced that Sharon is suffering from multiple
"I could stand out front and sing Eagles songs that I sing in my set, but I
think people enjoy watching me sing and play the drums. It seems to
fascinate people. I don't know why."
"I have things that I am interested in, and that's usually what comes out on
"I would rather take a long time and make a record with eight or ten good
songs on it than to rush one out with only one or two good songs on it, which
is what I find to be the case most of the time."
"I'm always jotting things down on pieces of paper. I've got pieces of paper
all over my house."
"I'm not scary, I'm just opinionated."