Don Henley Biography

Don Henley

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Birth Name: Don Henley
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Birth Country: United States
Birth Sign: cancer
Age:   70 Years
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Donald Hugh "Don" Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer. He is popular in the world as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career. He was born in Gilmer, Texas, USA to Hughlene (McWhorter) and C. J. Henley. He was raised in the small northeast Texas town of Linden. He attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University and North Texas State University. His father suffered from heart and arterial disease, so he left school to be with him.

Before his marriage, he often changed his girlfriend. First in 1970s, he dated Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac singer. His relationship with her ended and then he was found with Bond girl Lois Chiles, actress and singer. They were in relationship for three years. He was engaged with actress Maren Jensen, in the early 1980s and they separated in 1986. He finally married Sharon Summerall, a former model from Texas. They together have three children. In 2012, he was ranked fourth in wealthiest drummer in the world. His net worth was $200 million. He is frequently found in Facebook. He is a supporter of Democratic Party and has donated over $680,000 to political candidates since 1978.

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Born on Gilmer, Texas, USA

1947 22nd of July

He was born in a middle class family to Hughlene (McWhorter) and C. J. Henley. He was raised in the small northeast Texas town of Linden. During his early days, his father was diagnosed heart and arterial disease, so he left the school to take care of his father health.


Statted collage at North Texas State University


After attending Stephen F. Austin State University, he was then enrolled at North Texas State University. He remained there from 1967 to 1969 and he left it after his father was diagnosed with heart and arterial disease.


Dated Stevie Nicks


In the late 1970's, he was having romantic relation with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks. They were bonded in this relation for few years. He broke up with her and publically started dating another actress Lois Chiles, which also lasted for only three years.


Formed Eagles

1971 of September

He along with Glenn Frey, bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner formed The Eagles. It was formed in Los Angeles in 1971. And it is one of the world's best selling band of all time. They received massive success with this band.


Released debut album

1972 26th of June

He being the member of the band Eagles, released their fist album on June 26, 1972. Eagles were a breakthrough success, yielding three top 40 singles. Their first album was recorded in England in February 1972 with producer Glyn Johns.


Engaged to Maren Jensen


After dating two girlfriends in the early days, he was finally engaged to Maren Jensen in the early 1980's. His solo album "I Can't Stand Still" is later rumored to be dedicated to her. But their bonding was finally ended in 1986.


Scandal with a 16-year-old girl

1980 21st of November

On November 21, 1980, a 16-year-old girl was found naked in his own home and she was overdosed on quaaludes and Cocain. She was arrested for prostitution for being under the influence of drug. He was also arrested.


Broke up with Eagle


After spending for almost ten years together, the Eagles split up in 1980 with the dispute between the band members. After that, he started his own solo career and released many solo songs. With Eagles he has achieved almost everything, they also won six Grammy awards.


Released First solo album

1981 13th of August

After splitting up with the Eagles, he started his solo career with his girlfriend, Steive Nicks. They released their first solo album, I Can't Stand Still on 13 August, 1981. And it was a moderate seller.


Earned Gold-certified single


The couple's single "Dirty laundry" acquired a massive hit all over the world and it also reached no. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 at the start of 1983. For this they earned a Gold-certified single for sales of over a million copies in the US. 


Married to Sharon Summerall


After splitting up with actress Maren Jensen, he married Sharon Summerall, in 1995. She was a former model from Texas who lived in Paris and had studied art history. They together have three children.


Ranked fourth wealthiest drummer in the world


In 2012, he received a massive success. He was raked to be the fourth wealthiest drummer in the world. He was behind Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and Dave Grohl, with a $200 million fortune. In the following year, he is increasing his income and his net worth.

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