Don Henley Biography

Updated On Jan 28, 2019 Published On Aug 16, 2015
Facts of Don Henley
Date of Birth: 1947 , July-22
Birth Nation: United States
Name Don Henley
Birth Name Donald Hugh Henley
Nick Name Don
Father C.J. Henley
Mother Hughlene Henley
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Linden, Texas
Ethnicity White
Profession Singer
Net Worth $200 million
Salary Unknown
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Face Color White
Affair with Sharon Summerall
Girlfriend Sharon Summerall
Married Yes
Married to Sharon Summerall (m. 1995)
Children 3
Divorce N/A
Awards MusiCares Person of the Year
Albums Don Henley
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Donald Hugh Henley who is professionally known as Don Henley is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer popular a founding member of the Eagles before launching successful solo career.

Don Henley's Early Life And Education

Don Henley was born Donald Hugh Henley on July 22, 1947, and is 71 years old as of early 2019. He was born in Gilmer, Texas, USA to mother Hughlene (McWhorter) and father C. J. Henley. He is of American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity ( English, some Scottish and Irish, distant German.)

Don 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.

Don Henley's Career

Don started his musical career back in 1970 and has still been actively working in the field for almost five decades. He is widely known for his tenure for the band, Eagles. After leaving the band, he began his solo career. 

Don is better known for being the singer of evergreen songs like Hotel California, Dirty Laundry, Sunset Grill, Please Come Home For Christmas, The End of the Innocence, Victim of Love, The Last Resort, and many others.

SEE MOREDon Henley's 70th birthday concert will feature Eagle members, Stevie Nicks

Don Henley's Personal Life

Don is often on the headlines for his personal life including his dating life and relationships. Before his marriage, he was reported to be involved in numerous relationships.

First, in the 1970s, he dated Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac singer. After breaking up with Stevie, he was spotted dating with Bond girl Lois Chiles, actress and singer. They were in a relationship for three years.

Later, he got engaged with actress Maren Jensen, in the early 1980s. Sadly, their relationship did not work out and called off their engagement in 1986. After all those relationship failures, Don got married to Sharon Summerall, a former model from Texas in 1995.

Since then, Don and Sharon are now enjoying over two decades long married life with no any issues of divorce. They together have three children.

Don Henley's Net Worth and Salary

Back in 2012, Don was ranked fourth in wealthiest drummer in the world. As of 2019, Don Henley's net worth is reported to be around $200 million. He is a supporter of Democratic Party and has donated over $680,000 to political candidates since 1978.

Don Henley facts on timeline

Born on Gilmer, Texas, USA

July 22 , 1947

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.

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.

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.

Formed Eagles


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

June 26 , 1972

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.

Released First solo album

August 13 , 1981

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. 

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.

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.

Scandal with a 16-year-old girl

November 21 , 1980

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.

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.

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.

Net Worth


As of 2019, Don Henley's net worth is reported to be around $200 million.