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BIRTHDAY: July 22, 1947
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" (with Patty Smyth) (1992)
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BIGGEST LP: The End Of The Innocence (1989)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 2 (solo)

 
TIMELINE

Don Henleybutton.gif (123 bytes) Don Henley was born on July 22, 1947 in Texas where he was also raised. Henley has often described himself as a 'drummer at heart' and a 'singer by default." In the early 70s, Henley was drummer and sometimes lead singer for a group called Shiloh. But Henley became more well-known during the 70s as part of the The Eagles who went on to define the "California Sound" of 70s music. Henley quickly stood out in the group not only as the drummer, but often the lead singer and songwriter of many of their most memorable hits. Henley went solo when The Eagles broke up in 1982. Henley said of the break up: "We broke up for all the normal reasons... the jealousy, the envy, and the people going in different directions. It was a struggle from the first week to keep the band together." Henley also became more of an activist especially with environmental concerns (namely the Walden Woods project).

1981... # 153 Singles Artist of the Year

November
Stevie Nicks with Don Henley - "Leather And Lace" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 helping out Stevie Nicks with "Leather And Lace" from her LP Bella Donna.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 10 with Stevie Nicks with "Leather And Lace."

1982...# 59 Singles Artist of the Year

Don Henley - I Can't Stand Stillbutton.gif (123 bytes) Henley released I Can't Stand Still.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "Dirty Laundry."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 10 with "Dirty Laundry."
button.gif (123 bytes) I Can't Stand Still was certified gold.

1983...# 82 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Don Henley - "Dirty Laundry" (Single) from the LP 'I Can't Stand Still'button.gif (123 bytes) Henley was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male ("Dirty Laundry").

1984...# 137 Singles Artist of the Year

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley released Building The Perfect Beast.

December
Don Henley - Building The Perfect Beastbutton.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "The Boys Of Summer." Henley said of the hit "The Boys Of Summer": "(The song) was a look back of the failure of some of the dreams we had in the sixties, some the idealism gone bad. People love nostalgia, it has that yearning, pining thing about it that we people with Irish blood always have. We're pining for something, we don't know what it is, but we're pining for it anyway."

1985...# 12 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Don Henley - "The Boys Of Summer" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Building The Perfect Beast was certified gold.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 10 with "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" and was certified platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "The Boys Of Summer" swept the MTV Video Music Awards with honors for Video of the Year, Best Direction (Jean Baptiste Mondino), Best Cinematography (Pascal Lebeque), and Best Art Direction (Bryan Jones), and was nominated for Best Male Video, Viewer's Choice, and Best Concept Video.

1986...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male ("The Boys Of Summer") and was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (songwriter) ("The Boys Of Summer").

1989...# 29 Singles Artist of the Year

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Building The Perfect Beast was certified 2x platinum.

June
Don Henley - The End Of The Innocencebutton.gif (123 bytes) Henley released The End Of The Innocence.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "The End Of The Innocence."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 10 with "The End Of The Innocence."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The End Of The Innocence was certified gold.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "The Last Worthless Evening."
button.gif (123 bytes) The End Of The Innocence was certified platinum.

1990...# 42 Singles Artist of the Year

February
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Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male (The End Of The Innocence) and was nominated for Album of the Year (The End Of The Innocence), Record of the Year and Song of the Year (songwriter) ("The End Of The Innocence" with Bruce Hornsby).
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The End Of The Innocence was certified 3x platinum.

March
Don Henley - "The Heart Of The Matter" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "The Heart Of The Matter."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The End Of The Innocence was certified 2x platinum.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "How Bad Do You Want It."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video ("The End Of The Innocence") and was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Viewer's Choice.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "New York Minute."

1992... # 88 Singles Artist of the Year

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley had his 1st #1 since The Eagles hit when he contributed vocals to Patty Smyth's "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough."

September
Patty Smyth featuring Don Henley - "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 10 with Patty Smyth on "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough."
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley and Patty Smyth topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 4 weeks with "
Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit #1 for 2 weeks with Patty Smyth on "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough."

1993...

February
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Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" with Patty Smyth).

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley performed at a benefit concert in Boston for Walden Woods.

October
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Rolling Stone: "The 100 Top Music Videos" included "The Boys Of Summer" at # 23.

1994...

button.gif (123 bytes) Henley was back with The Eagles for a successful reunion tour and live LP.

1995...

February
Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Building The Perfect Beast was certified 3x platinum and The End Of The Innocence was certified 5x platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley could be heard on the tribute compilation - Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen - with "Everybody Knows."

Don Henley - Actual MilesNovember
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley released a hits compilation: Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits.

1996...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Actual Miles: Don Henley's Greatest Hits was certified gold.

1997...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley could be heard on the Michael soundtrack with "Through Your Hands."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley was honored by President Clinton on for his work to preserve the environment. Henley's work has included efforts to save the woods near Massachusetts's Walden Pond, a region of wilderness that inspired Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Henley was awarded the honor for founding the Walden Woods Project, which has raised over $17 million.

1998...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Actual Miles: Don Henley's Greatest Hits was certified platinum and The End Of The Innocence was certified 6x platinum.

October
Don Henleybutton.gif (123 bytes) Henley filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for not using the track "Taking You Home" in the film Double Jeopardy.
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Henley and The Eagles filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement directed at Internet fan sites that own various domain names related to the singer and band.

1999...

button.gif (123 bytes) MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "The Boys Of Summer" at # 67.

2000... # 80 Singles Artist of the Year

May
Don Henley - Inside Jobbutton.gif (123 bytes) Henley's next LP, Inside Job, was released and Henley will kicked off a tour starting in Texas.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley hit the Top 40 with "Taking You Home."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Inside Job was certified platinum.

October
Don Henley - "Taking You Home" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) A lawsuit was filed against Henley by a fan who claims she was hit on the forehead by Henley with a maraca during a concert in Arkansas while she was trying to take a picture of him.
button.gif (123 bytes) "Taking You Home" topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 4 weeks.

2001...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("Taking You Home"), Best Pop Vocal Album (Inside Job), and Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male ("Workin' It").

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley performed on Saturday Night Live.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Male Artist - Rock.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Videos includes: # 53 - "The Boys Of Summer."

2002...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("Inside Out" with Trisha Yearwood).

2003...

February
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Henley was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("It's So Easy" with Sheryl Crow from Crow's C'Mon C'Mon).

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 389: The End Of The Innocence.

2004...

October
Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs Of Warren Zevon compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Henley could be heard on the compilation Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs Of Warren Zevon with the track "Searching For A Heart."

button.gif (123 bytes) # 107 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2007..

February
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Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("Calling Me" with Kenny Rogers).

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Henley could be heard on the
Reba McEntire LP Reba Duets with "Break Each Others Hearts Again."

2008...

December
Don Henley - 'The Very Best of Don Henley'button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: 'The Greatest Singers' includes Henley at # 87.

2009...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The Very Best Of Don Henley was released.

2015...

2016...

  • February 15: Henley was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("The Cost Of Living").



LPs
Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still I Can't Stand Still
Released: 1982
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 24
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "I Can't Stand Still" - "You Better Hang Up" - "Long Way Home" - "Nobody's Business" - "Talking To The Moon" - "Dirty Laundry" - "Johnny Can't Read" - "Them And Us" - "La Eile" - "Lilah" - "The Unclouded Day"
Don Henley - 'Building The Perfect Beast'
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Building The Perfect Beast
Released: November, 1984
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 13
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The Boys Of Summer" - "You Can't Make Love" - "Man With A Mission" - "You're Not Drinking Enough" - "Not Enough Love In The World" - "Building The Perfect Beast" - "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" - "A Month Of Sundays" - "Sunset Grill" - "Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed" - "Land Of The Living"
Don Henley - 'The End Of The Innocence'
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The End Of The Innocence
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: June, 1989
US: 6x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 8
Rolling Stone review: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The End Of The Innocence" - "How Bad Do You Want It" - "I Will Not Go Quietly" - "The Last Worthless Evening" - "New York Minute" - "Shangri-La" - "Little Tin God" - "Gimme What You Got" - "If Dirt Were Dollars" - "The Heart Of The Matter"
Don Henley - Actual Miles Actual Miles: Don Henley's Greatest Hits
Released: November, 1995
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 48
Tracks: "Dirty Laundry" - "The Boys Of Summer" - "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" - "Not Enough Love In The World" - "Sunset Grill" - "The End Of The Innocence" - "The Last Worthless Evening" - "New York Minute" - "I Will Not Go Quietly" - "The Heart Of The Matter" - "The Garden Of Allah" - "You Don't Know Me At All" - "Everybody Knows"
Don Henley - Inside Job Inside Job
Released: May, 2000
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 7
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Nobody Else In The World But You" - "Taking You Home" - "For My Wedding" - "Everything Is Different Now" - "Workin' It" - "Goodbye To A River" - "Inside Job" - "They're Not Here, They're Not Coming" - "Damn It, Rose" - "Miss Ghost" - "The Genie" - "Annabel" - "My Thanksgiving"
Don Henley - 'The Very Best of Don Henley'
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The Very Best Of Don Henley
Released: June, 2008
Tracks: "Dirty Laundry" - ""The Boys Of Summer" - "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" - "Not Enough Love In The World" - "Sunset Grill" - "The End Of The Innocence" - "The Last Worthless Evening" - "New York Minute" - "I Will Not Go Quietly" - "The Heart Of The Matter" - "Everybody Knows" - "For My Wedding" - "Everything Is Different Now" - "Taking You Home"
Don Henley - 'Cass County'
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Cass County
Released: September 25, 2015
Billboard peak: # 3
Tracks: "Bramble Rose" (featuring Mick Jagger) - "The Cost Of Livng" (featuring Merle Haggard) - "No, Thank You" - "Waiting Tables" - "Take A Picture Of This" - "Too Far Gone" - "That Old Flame" (featuring Martina McBride) - "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" - "Words Can Break Your Heart" - "When I Stop Dreaming" (featurng Dolly Parton) - "Praying For Rain" - "Too Much Pride" - "She Sang Hymns Out Of Time" - "Train In The Distance" - "A Younger Man" - "Where I Am Now"
LINKS
SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough
[Patty Smyth with Don Henley]
Patty Smyth's Patty Smyth
1(2) 17 1992 Patty Smyth featuring Don Henley - "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" (Single)
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2 Leather And Lace

from the Stevie Nicks LP
Bella Donna
ARC chart run: 29 - 24 - 17 - 13 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 8 - 6 - 6 - 4 - 9 - 18 - 21 - 32 - off
4 15 1982 Stevie Nicks with Don Henley - "Leather And Lace" (Single)
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3 Don Henley - "Dirty Laundry" (Single) from the LP 'I Can't Stand Still'Dirty Laundry

from the LP
I Can't Stand Still
3 13 1983 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 Don Henley - "The Boys Of Summer" (Single)The Boys Of Summer
Building The Perfect Beast
5 14 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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5 The End Of The Innocence
The End Of The Innocence
6 12 1989 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 All She Wants To Do Is Dance
Building The Perfect Beast
6 12 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Taking You Home

from the LP
Inside Job
ARC chart run: 40 - 36 - 32 - 28 - 24 - 22 - 19 - 15 - 14 - 13 - 22 - off
13 11 2000 Don Henley - "Taking You Home" (Single)
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8 The Last Worthless Evening
The End Of The Innocence
16 8 1989 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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9 Sunset Grill
Building The Perfect Beast
14 8 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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10 The Heart Of The Matter

from the LP
The End Of The Innocence
ARC chart run: 35 - 30 - 23 - 19 - 17 - 15 - 19 - 36 - off
15 8 1990 Don Henley - "The Heart Of The Matter" (Single)
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11 Not Enough Love In The World
Building The Perfect Beast
26 5 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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12 New York Minute
The End Of The Innocence
32 3 1990 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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13 How Bad Do You Want It
The End Of The Innocence
32 3 1990 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Johnny Can't Read
I Can't Stand Still
** ** 1982 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  I Can't Stand Still
I Can't Stand Still
** ** 1983 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat ** ** 1993  
 
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