Composer, recording star and environmental activist, Don Henley, in a somewhat unheralded way, has chalked up a number of significant records for sales and performances in the music world. Like many names in the crossover areas of pop and country, Henley, hails from Texas. In fact, as a young adult, he learned that his little town of Linden, Texas, where he grew up, also spawned the wonderful blues guitarist, T-Bone Walker and the historic ragtime pianist, Scott Joplin.
Henley is known for many accomplishments both on and off the concert stage and recording studio. He is celebrated as an extraordinarily adept songwriter, with a knack for capturing powerful emotional feelings as well as the mood of a special moment in time. A majority of his best remembered hit songs were recorded by his legendary Southern California band, The Eagles, whose roots go back to the early Hollywood music epicenter of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Lookout Mountain Avenue. Many of the denizens of the Los Angeles music world, including Jackson Browne, The Mamas and Papas, Jim Messina, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and even Steve Martin once made their homes in the area, and Linda Ronstadt, with whom the Eagles worked often, lived a short distance away near the Capitol Records tower.
In terms of familiar melodies, many of Henley's songs have become established standards. These include "Heartache Tonight," "Lyin' Eyes," "Hotel California," "Life in The Fast Lane," "New Kid In Town," and "Desperado," which also was recorded by Ronstadt. All of them are on the basic menu of Classic Rock stations as well as adult contemporary and country music outlets.