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Henley, Don

Born: 1947 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
2.9 (58.06%) 31 votes

1947 – He was born on the 22nd of July this year in Gilmer, Texas, USA.


1968 – He attended North Texas State University (renamed in 1986 the University of North Texas) in Denton, Texas during this year. He left to spend time with his father, who was dying from heart and arterial disease.


1970 – He moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band, Shiloh. Shiloh was bankrolled by fellow Texan Kenny Rogers, then flush with cash from his band "The First Edition."


1972 – The first Eagles album was released in this year and contained the hit song "Take It Easy," as well as his first hit songwriting attempt, "Witchy Woman", co-written with guitarist Bernie Leadon.


1980 – The band broke up this year following a difficult tour and increased personal tensions resulting from the recording of the band’s last studio album The Long Run. On the night of November 21 of this year, he was arrested for cocaine, Quaalude, and marijuana possession after a nude 16-year-old prostitute had drug-related seizures in a hotel room.


1982 – Following the breakup of the Eagles, Henley embarked on a productive solo career, the most successful of any of the Eagles. His first solo release, I Can’t Stand Still, was a moderate seller.


1984 – This was followed in this year 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 #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.


1990 – He founded the Walden Woods Project to help protect Walden Pond from development. The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods was started in 1998 to provide for research and education regarding Henry David Thoreau.


1993 – He co-founded the non-profit Caddo Lake Institute 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.


1995 – He married Sharon Summerall, a former model from Texas who had lived in Paris and studied art history. All his friends came to play at the wedding, including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow and Tony Bennett. The couple has three children.


2000 – He finally released another solo studio recording, Inside Job, to a generally indifferent response, although its lead single "Taking You Home" received some airplay. He also co-founded with Sheryl Crow the Recording Artists’ Coalition. A group founded to protect musicians’ rights.

2007 – As of this year, he continues to tour and record with the Eagles, with a new album expected to be released later in the year.


















2.9 (58.06%) 31 votes