5 Drummerszone artists - Don Henley

Don Henley
* July 22, 1947
United States
Donald Hugh "Don" Henley is a drummer, singer-songwriter and producer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career. Don Henley was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 19711980, when the band broke up, and from 1994present, when they reunited. Don Henley sang the lead vocals on Eagles hits such as Witchy Woman, Desperado, Best of My Love, One of These Nights, Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, and The Long Run.

After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Henley pursued a solo career and released his debut album 'I Can't Stand Still', in 1982.

The Eagles have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, won six Grammy Awards, had five #1 singles, 17 Top 40 singles, and six #1 albums. They 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 eight Top 40 singles, won two Grammy awards and five MTV Video Music Awards. Combined with the Eagles and as a solo artist, Henley has released 25 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. He has also released seven studio albums with the Eagles and four as a solo artist. In 2008, he was ranked as the 87th greatest singer of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine.

Don Henley was born in Gilmer, Texas, ad he grew up in the small northeast Texas town of Linden. In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band, Shiloh, while living at the home of fellow Texan Kenny Rogers; the album was produced by Kenny Rogers. Shortly thereafter, Henley met Glenn Frey. They both became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band. Touring with her was the catalyst for forming a group. As a result, two months later they, along with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner (both also part of Ronstadt's stable of backing musicians), became their own act, Eagles.

Fun fact: In 2012, Don ey was estimated to be the fourth wealthiest drummer in the world, behind Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and Dave Grohl, with a $200 million fortune.