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Don Henley

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Miami Vice Performer
Born
July 22, 1947, Gilmer, Texas
Active
1970-present
Spouse/Children
Sharon Summerall (1995-present), three children


Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947, Gilmer, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter who is best known as one of the founding members of the Eagles rock band. His song "Dirty Laundry" appeared in the episode "Rock and a Hard Place" of the series Miami Vice.


For Henley's career with the Eagles, see the Wikipedia article Eagles.

Career

Henley began his music career working with his band Shiloh, whose album was produced by Kenny Rogers. Later Henley met Glenn Frey and began playing in Linda Ronstadt's band, later they joined up with Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon and formed the Eagles, who performed first on Linda Ronstadt's 1971 self-titled album. He played with the Eagles from 1972 until their 1980 breakup, then rejoined in 1994 and remains with them as of 2011.

In 1982 Henley began a solo career, his debut album I Can't Stand Still (featuring "Dirty Laundry") was a moderate success, on the heels of his first solo single, a duet with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks, "Leather and Lace". 1984's Building The Perfect Beast was his first Top 10 album, including the singles "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" and "The Boys of Summer", which won Henley the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance as well as numerous MTV VMAs. 1989's The End of the Innocence won Henley another Grammy, and two more Top 10 singles, the title track and "The Heart of the Matter". After reuniting with the Eagles and a protracted legal battle with David Geffen, head of his record label Geffen Records, Henley released Inside Job, then in 2015 he released Cass County, his most recent album release.

Personal Life

Henley had relationships with Stevie Nicks and Bond Girl Lois Chiles in the late 1970s, after which he became engaged to Maren Jensen ("Athena" from the original Battlestar Galactica series), to whom his I Can't Stand Still album was dedicated and she performed backing vocals on "Johnny Can't Read". They broke up in 1986, Henley later married former model Sharon Summerall in 1996, they have three children.

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