Tag: Don Henley

Thursday 5/5/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Don Henley – Building The Perfect Beast (1984)

Building the Perfect Beast is the second solo studio album by Don Henley. The album was released on November 19, 1984, on the Geffen Records label. A commercial and critical success, it is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Henley’s solo work.

For the album, Henley collaborated with members of the then line-up of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who contributed to the writing of the songs: guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench and drummer Stan Lynch, the last of whom would later collaborate with Henley in composing the Eagles’ song “Learn to Be Still”, which was released on their live album Hell Freezes Over. The album also features contributions from Fleetwood Mac’s guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham, The Go-Go’s lead vocalist Belinda Carlisle, and features contributions from Randy Newman, Jim Keltner, Waddy Wachtel, Pino Palladino, Steve Porcaro, and Ian Wallace.

The album reached #13 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album spawned four singles which all reached the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, including “The Boys of Summer”, which would become one of Henley’s most popular songs and win him numerous awards, including a Grammy Award and four MTV Video Music Awards.

  1. “The Boys of Summer” 4:48
  2. “You Can’t Make Love” 3:34
  3. “Man with a Mission” 2:43
  4. “You’re Not Drinking Enough” 4:40
  5. “Not Enough Love in the World” 3:54
  6. “Building the Perfect Beast” 4:59
  7. “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” 4:28
  8. “A Month of Sundays” 4:30
  9. “Sunset Grill” 6:22
  10. “Drivin’ with Your Eyes Closed” 3:41
  11. “Land of the Living” 3:24

Don Henley – lead vocals, harmony vocals (2, 5, 7, 11) drums (2-4, 7, 8), keyboards (5), percussion (5, 6, 10), synthesizers (6), chant voices (6), synthesizer arrangements (9)
Danny Kortchmar – synthesizers (1, 3, 6), guitars (1-7, 9, 10, 11), horns (3), organ (4), Omnichord (4) percussion (6, 10, 11), chant voices (6), guitar synthesizer solo (9), horn solo (9), synthesizer arrangements (9), keyboards (10), bass (10), arrangements (11)
Mike Campbell – synthesizers (1), guitars (1), percussion (1)
Steve Porcaro – synthesizers (1, 4), programming (7)
Benmont Tench – keyboards (2, 5), acoustic piano (8), synthesizers (9), synthesizer arrangements (9)
David Paich – acoustic piano (4), synthesizers (7, 8), synthesizer arrangements (8), acoustic piano solo (9)
Michael Boddicker – programming (6), sequencing (6), synthesizers (8, 9), E-mu Emulator (9), synthesizer arrangements (9)
Albhy Galuten – Synclavier (6)
Randy Newman – synthesizers (8), synthesizer arrangements (8, 9)
Bill Cuomo – synthesizers (11), programming (11), percussion (11)
Lindsey Buckingham – guitars (2), harmony vocals (2)
Charlie Sexton – guitars (3)
Larry Klein – bass (1)
Pino Palladino – bass (2, 9, 11)
Tim Drummond – bass (4, 5)
Ian Wallace – drums (5)
Kevin McCormick – African drums (6)
Jim Keltner – additional drums (8)
Maren Jensen – intro and interlude composer (8)
Jerry Hey – horn arrangements (9)
Belinda Carlisle – harmony vocals (3)
Sam Moore – harmony vocals (4)
Martha Davis – chant voices (6), harmony vocals (7)
Michael O’Donahue – chant voices (6)
Carla Olson – chant voices (6)
Patty Smyth – chant voices (6), harmony vocals (6, 7, 9, 11)
J. D. Souther – chant voices (6)
Waddy Wachtel – chant voices (6)
Marie-Pascale Elfman – the French Girls ensemble (10)
Dominique Mancinelli – the French Girls ensemble (10)

Sunday 1/23/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Don Henley – The End of The Innocence (1989)

The End of the Innocence is the third solo studio album by Don Henley, the co-lead vocalist and drummer for the Eagles. The album was released in 1989, on Geffen Records, and would be his last release on that label. It was also his last solo album of the 1980s and it would be eleven years before he released another solo album, 2000’s Inside Job.

The album is his best selling album, selling over 6 million copies in the United States alone, peaking at No. 8. The album featured three Top 40 singles “The End of the Innocence”, “The Heart of the Matter”, and “The Last Worthless Evening”. Those singles reached No. 8, No. 21, and No. 21 respectively. The album also featured “New York Minute” which reached No. 48 on the charts and was recorded by Henley and the Eagles for their live album Hell Freezes Over in 1994. Henley won another Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award nomination for the title track. In 2012, the album was ranked at number 389 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The song “I Will Not Go Quietly” features Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose in the background, who at the time was also on the same label.

  1. “The End of the Innocence” 5:16
  2. “How Bad Do You Want It?” 3:47
  3. “I Will Not Go Quietly” 5:43
  4. “The Last Worthless Evening” 6:03
  5. “New York Minute” 6:37
  6. “Shangri-La” 4:55
  7. “Little Tin God” 4:42
  8. “Gimme What You Got” 6:10
  9. “If Dirt Were Dollars” 4:34
  10. “The Heart of the Matter” 5:24

Don Henley – lead vocals, drums (1, 4), backing vocals (6, 9), harmony vocals (6, 7)
Bruce Hornsby – acoustic piano (1), additional keyboards (1)
Jai Winding – keyboard bass (1), keyboards (5), additional keyboards (6)
John Corey – keyboards (4), guitar (4, 8), bass guitar (8)
David Paich – acoustic piano (5), string arrangements (5), additional keyboards (7)

Danny Kortchmar – guitar (2, 3, 5-7, 9), bass guitar (2, 3, 9), drums (2, 3, 7, 9), guitar solo (3), keyboards (5-7), lead guitar (8)
Waddy Wachtel – acoustic guitar (3)
Mike Campbell – additional guitar (4), keyboards (10), guitar (10)
Bob Glaub – bass guitar (4)
Pino Palladino – bass guitar (5-7)
Larry Klein – bass guitar (10)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (5)
Steve Jordan – drums (6), wah wah guitar (6), backing vocals (6)
Michael Fisher – percussion (1)

Stan Lynch – percussion (4, 9, 10), guitar (8), bass (8), drums (8, 10)
Jim Keltner – additional percussion (6)
Wayne Shorter – soprano sax solo (1)
Steve Madaio – trumpet solo (5)
Valerie Carter – harmony vocals (2)
Patty Smyth – harmony vocals (2)

Axl Rose – harmony vocals (3)
Take 6 – backing vocals (5, 6)
Charley Drayton – backing vocals (6)
Ivan Neville – backing vocals (6)
Edie Brickell – backing vocals (8)
Melissa Etheridge – backing vocals (8)
Sheryl Crow – backing vocals (9)
Gloria Estefan – backing vocals (9)
J.D. Souther – backing vocals (9)
Carmen Twillie – backing vocals (10)
Julia Waters – backing vocals (10)
Maxine Waters – backing vocals (10)

Wednesday 7/21/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Don Henley

Don Henley as a solo artist, Henley released his debut album, I Can’t Stand Still, on August 13, 1982, via Asylum Records. This was his only album for the label. The album reached a peak of number 24 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It features the Top 5 single on the Billboard Hot 100, “Dirty Laundry”. The single peaked at number three on the Hot 100 chart and was also certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second album, Building the Perfect Beast, (Geffen Records, 1984) features the Top 10 singles “The Boys of Summer”, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”, which reached number five and number nine on the Hot 100, respectively.

After five years of absence from new material, Henley’s third studio album was released in 1989. The End of the Innocence became his first solo Top 10 album on the Billboard 200. By this time, the Eagles had charted five Top 10 albums. The End of the Innocence became Henley’s best-selling album to date, being certified six-times Platinum in the US. A fourth studio album, Inside Job, was released on May 23, 2000, via Warner Bros. Records. No single released made the Top 40 of the Hot 100; however, “Taking You Home” reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. His most recent album is Cass County, released in 2015.

Thursday 7/23/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Don Henley

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Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971 until the band broke up in 1980, and has reprised those duties for the group’s reunions since 1994. 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”, “The Long Run” and “Get Over It”.

After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Henley pursued a solo career and released his debut album I Can’t Stand Still, in 1982. He has released five studio albums, two compilation albums, and one live DVD. His solo hits include “Dirty Laundry”, “The Boys of Summer”, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”, “The Heart of the Matter”, “The Last Worthless Evening”, “Sunset Grill”, “Not Enough Love in the World”, and “The End of the Innocence”.

The Eagles have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, won six Grammy Awards, had five number-one singles, 17 top-40 singles, and six number-one albums. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and are the highest-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 five as a solo artist. In 2008, he was ranked as the 87th-greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Henley sang lead vocals on many of the Eagles popular songs, including “Desperado,” “Witchy Woman,” “Best of My Love,” “One of These Nights”, “Hotel California”, “The Long Run”, “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Wasted Time.” Henley and Frey have been called the American version of McCartney and Lennon.

Henley has also played a founding role in several environmental and political causes, most notably the Walden Woods Project. From 1994 to 2016, he divided his musical activities between the Eagles and his solo career.

Saturday 12pm / Sunday 6am: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

This week on Brit Rock – Michael Schenker Group, Scorpions, Focus, Concrete Kingdoms, Meme Detroit, Survival Code, Green Day, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Styx, Procol Harem, Marillion, Dio, Motorhead, Don Henley, Foreigner, Chicago, Queen, Deep Purple, Genesis, Night Ranger, Allman Bros Band, Fleetwood Mac, REM, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Mountain, Rembrandts, C.C.S., Rod Stewart, Aerosmith.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm or the encore Sunday 6am on RadioMaxMusic.

Wednesday 10pm: Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes

This week Dominic Forbes chats with Don Henley.  Following we feature an hour of Eagles and Don Henley music.

Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. Henley was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971 to 1980, when the band broke up, and from 1994 to 2016, when they reunited. Following a year-long break due to Eagles founder Glenn Frey’s death, Henley reformed the band in summer 2017 for the Classic West and Classic East rock festivals, hiring Vince Gill and Deacon Frey to replace Glenn and becoming the last remaining original member. 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”, “The Long Run” and “Get Over It”.

After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Henley pursued a solo career and released his debut album I Can’t Stand Still, in 1982. He has released five studio albums, two compilation albums, and one live DVD. His solo hits include “Dirty Laundry”, “The Boys of Summer”, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”, “The Heart of the Matter”, “The Last Worthless Evening”, “Sunset Grill”, “Not Enough Love in the World”, and “The End of the Innocence”.

The Eagles have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, won six Grammy Awards, had five No. 1 singles, 17 Top 40 singles, and six No. 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 five as a solo artist. In 2008, he was ranked as the 87th greatest singer of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine.

Henley has also played a founding role in several environmental and political causes, most notably the Walden Woods Project. From 1994 to 2016, he divided his musical activities between the Eagles and his solo career. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Patty Smyth w/ Scandal Top 20 10am ET @PattySmyth4real

Patty SmythPatty Smyth (born June 26, 1957) is an American singer and songwriter. She first came into national attention in 1982 as the lead singer of the band Scandal. She went on to record and perform on her own. Her distinctive voice and new-wave image gained broad exposure through video recordings aired on what were then newly emerging cable music video channels such as MTV. Her debut album Never Enough was well received, and generated a pair of Top 40 hits. Smyth had a remarkable stage presence and drew large audiences through the mid-1980s. In the early 1990s she again reached the Top 10 with the hit single “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”, a duet sung with Don Henley. She performed and co-wrote with James Ingram the song “Look What Love Has Done” for the 1994 motion picture, Junior. The work earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.  Smyth married tennis star John McEnroe in 1997.

Scandal is a rock band from the 1980s fronted by Patty Smyth. The band scored a hit in the United States with the song “The Warrior”, which peaked at No. 7 in 1984. Their other major hits were “Goodbye to You” (1982 – No. 65 US), “Love’s Got A Line On You” (1983 – No. 59 US), “Hands Tied” (1984 – No. 41 US), and “Beat of A Heart” (1985 – No. 41 US). – Wikipedia

1 Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (with Don Henley)
2 Where Do The Children Go (with The Hooters)
3 The Warrior
4 No Mistakes
5 Beat Of A Heart
6 Hands Tied
7 Never Enough
8 Goodbye To You
9 Love’s Got A Line On You
10 Downtown Train
11 Isn’t It Enough
12 I Should Be Laughing
13 Shine
14 My Town 
15 Only The Young
16 River Of Love
17 Less Than Half
18 Carnival Lights
19 Make Me A Believer
20 Everyone Gets Older

Artist Countdown: Glenn Frey Top 20 Hits 6pm ET @GlennFrey

GlennFreyGlenn Lewis Frey (born November 6, 1948) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Frey formed the Eagles after he met drummer Don Henley in 1970 and the two eventually joined Linda Ronstadt‘s backup band for her summer tour. The Eagles formed in 1971 and released their debut album in 1972. Glenn Frey played guitar with the Eagles as well as piano and keyboards, and shared lead vocals with Don Henley. The Eagles broke up in 1980 after becoming one of the most successful bands of all time. Frey sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling“, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Already Gone”, “Lyin’ Eyes“, “New Kid in Town“, and “Heartache Tonight“. After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits “The One You Love”, “Smuggler’s Blues”, “Sexy Girl”, “The Heat Is On”, and “You Belong to the City“. As a member of the Eagles, Frey has won six Grammys, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles have sold over 120 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. As a solo artist and with the Eagles combined, Frey has released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 You Belong to the City
2 The Heat Is On
3 True Love
4 Part of Me, Part of You
5 The One You Love
6 Sexy Girl
7 Smuggler’s Blues
8 I Found Somebody
9 River of Dreams
10 I’ve Got Mine
11 All Those Lies
12 Livin’ Right
13 Partytown
14 Soul Searchin’
15 Don’t Give Up
16 The Allnighter
17 This Way to Happiness
18 Love in the 21st Century
19 Lovers Moon
20 Strange Weather

 

Feature LP: Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna 2pm ET

 

Bella Donna is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Released on July 27, 1981, the album hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts in September of that year with sales of 297,000 copies, remaining there for one week. Bella Donna was awarded Platinum status by the RIAA on October 7, 1981, less than three months after its release, and has since been certified quadruple-platinum.

The album spawned four substantial hit singles during 1981 and 1982: the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-penned duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3), the Don Henley duet “Leather and Lace” (#6), the iconic “Edge of Seventeen” (#11), and country-tinged “After the Glitter Fades” (#32).

No. Title Length
1. “Bella Donna” 5:21
2. “Kind of Woman” (Nicks, Benmont Tench) 3:12
3. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (Tom PettyMike Campbell, performed by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) 4:04
4. “Think About It” (Nicks, Roy Bittan) 3:35
5. “After the Glitter Fades” 3:31
6. Edge of Seventeen 5:28
7. “How Still My Love” 3:54
8. Leather and Lace” (performed by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley) 3:44
9. “Outside the Rain” 4:18
10. “The Highwayman” 4:48