This Day In Rock: DON HENLEY Turns 69 Today!
Donald Hugh "Don" Henley was born on July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas US. He's best known as a founding member of the Eagles, drummer, singer and songwriter.
With the Eagles have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, won 6 Grammy awards, had 5 #1 singles, 17 Top 40 singles, and six #1 albums. The Eagles were inducted into the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' in 1998 and are the biggest selling American band in history.
As a solo artist, Henley has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, had 8 Top 40 singles, won 2 Grammy Awards and five MTV Music Awards.
In 2008, he was ranked as the 87th greatest singer of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine. In 2012, Henley was estimated to be the fourth wealthiest drummer in the world, behind Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and Dave Grohl, with a $200 million fortune.
Axl Rose came down to add some background vocals to Henley’s ‘I Will Not Go Quietly’ and Henley returned the favor a short time later when regular Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler was in rehab. GN’R were set to perform on the 1989 American Music Awards and they needed a drummer, so Henley filled in, drumming on the mellow ‘Patience.’ We would have loved to have seen him tackle ‘Paradise City’ instead. Here it is.