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Don Henley got his start first lucky break when Glenn Frey , invited Henley to join him in Linda Ronstadt's backup band. By 1971 the Henley and Frey found guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. Together the group formed the Eagles.
The Eagles 1972 debut album had not one, but two top 20 singles, "Take It Easy" and the Henley-penned "Witchy Woman."
In 1980, Glenn Frey announced his plans to make a solo record. This decision resulted in the break-up of the Eagles. The breakup fueled Henley's decision to start his own solo career. "Dirty Laundry" became Don Henley's his first hit single.
In 1984's Don Henley release Building The Perfect Beast, which went double platinum. Clearly, Don Henley's solo career was heating up. The album offered 4 Top 40 hits in "The Boys Of Summer," and "All She Wants To Do Is Dance."
Don Henley's third solo album The End Of The Innocence was released in 1989. Henley's new album went triple platinum and stayed on the charts for 148 weeks.
In 1990, the singer spearheaded a major campaign to preserve the Walden Woods, the forest area surrounding Henry David Thoreau's celebrated retreat at Walden Pond. By 1993, the cause was furthered by the all-star benefit tribute album Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles, featuring well-known country singers Clint Black, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood and others performing the songs Henley and his former band had made famous two decades earlier.
Don Henley's most recently recorded a duet with Kenny Rogers on a song called "Calling Me" from Rogers' 2006 release Water & Bridges. Don Henley also apeared on Reba McEntire's 2007 album, Reba: Duets, performing "Break Each Other's Hearts Again".