Don Henley Part Two

Don Henley Part Two

Don Henley Part Two

I have completed Don Henley Part Two, and I want you to be the first to read it. tell everybody that you were the first, just to make them break down and cry, because it was you who read it first.

Lawsuits With Geffen Records

Henley spent many years in legal entanglements with Geffen Records. In January 1993, following prolonged tensions between Henley and the label, the dispute went public and the record company filed a $30-million breach-of-contract suit in the Superior Court after receiving a notice from Henley saying that he was terminating his contract even though he reportedly owed the company two more studio albums and a greatest-hits collection. Henley wanted to sign a publishing deal with EMI that would have been worth a few million dollars. Geffen Records stopped this from happening, which in turn upset Henley.
Geffen Records claimed that Henley was in breach of contract and Henley attempted to get out of his contract in 1993 based on an old statute. Under the statute, California law enacted over 50 years ago to free actors from long-term studio deals, entertainers can not be forced to work for any company for more than seven years. Geffen Records did not want Henley signing with any other label, and had anagreement from Sony and EMI that they would not sign Henley. He counter-sued Geffen Records, claiming that he was blackballed by David Geffen, who had made agreements with other record labels not to sign him. Henley eventually became an outspoken advocate for musicians rights, taking a stand against music labels who he believes refuse to pay bands their due royalties. Henley came to terms with Geffen Records when the Eagles reunion took off and the company eventually took large chunk of the profit from the reunion album. Glenn Frey was also in legal entanglements with his label, MCA Records (whose parent company had also acquired Geffen). Before the Eagles reunion tour could begin, the band had to file asuit against Elektra Records, which had planned to release a new Eagles Greatest Hits album. The band won that battle.
A long period without a new recording followed, as Henley waited out a disputewith his record company while also participating in a 1994 Eagles reunion tour and live album. During the hiatus, Henley recorded a cover of Sit Down, You‘re Rockin the Boat for the film Leap of Faith, and provided the background vocals for country star Trisha Yearwood‘s hit single Walkaway Joe, and duetted with Patty Smyth on Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough, and Roger Waters onWatching TV on Waters Amused to Death album, in 1992. Henley provided the voice of Henry Faust in Randy Newman‘s Faust, a 1993 musical which was released on compact disc that year.
Henley and Courtney Love testified at a California Senate hearing on that state‘scontractual laws in Sacramento on September 5, 2001. In 2002 Henley became the head of the Recording Artists Coalition. The coalition‘s primary aim was to raise money to mount a legal and political battle against the major record labels. Henley says the group seeks to change the fundamental rules that govern most recording contracts, including copyright ownership, long-term control of intellectual property and unfair accounting practices. This group filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Napster case, urging District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel not to accept the industry‘s broad claims of works made for hire authorship.


Inside Job And Recent Solo Work

In 2000, after 11 years, Henley released another solo album named Inside Job which peaked at number 7 on The Billboard 200 and contained the new singles Taking You Home, Everything Is Different Now, Workin It and For My Wedding. He performed songs from the album in a VH1 Storytellers episode during 2000. In 2002 a live DVD entitled Don Henley: Live Inside Job was released. In 2005 Henley opened 10 of Stevie Nicks concerts on her Two Voices Tour.
Henley performed duets with Kenny Rogers on Rogers 2006 release Water & Bridgestitled Calling Me and on Reba McEntire‘s 2007 album, Reba: Duetsperforming Break Each Other‘s Hearts Again.
In a 2007 interview with CNN, while discussing the future of the Eagles, Henley indicated he still has plans for more records: But we all have some solo plans still. I still have a contract with a major label Warner for a couple of solo albums. In January 2011, Henley commenced work on a solo album of country covers featuring special guests. Ronnie Dunn from Brooks & Dunn and Alison Krausshave recorded a song with Henley for the album.
On July 18, 2015, Henley started pre-orders of his album, Cass County. The album was released on September 25.

Henley was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award during the East Texas Music Awards event in 2015.



Political And Other Causes

In 1990, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to help protect Walden Woodsfrom development. The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods was started in 1998 to provide for research and education regarding Henry David Thoreau. In 1993, compilation album titled Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles was released, with a portion of the royalties from the sales going to the Walden Woods Project. In 2005, he had a fundraiser concert with Elton John and others to buy Brister‘s Hillpart of Walden Woods, and turn it into a hiking trail.
Henley co-founded the non-profit Caddo Lake Institute in 1993 with Dwight K.Shellman to underwrite ecological education and research. As part of the Caddo Lake Coalition, CLI helps protect the Texas wetland where Henley spent much of his childhood. As a result of the Caddo Lake Institute‘s success in restoring and protecting Caddo Lake‘s wetlands, Caddo Lake was included as the 13th site in the United States on the Ramsar Convention‘s list of significant wetlands. The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
In 2000, Henley co-founded the Recording Artists Coalition, a group founded to protect musicians rights against common music industry business practices. In this role he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in 2001 and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in 2003.
Henley in a 2008 interview revealed that he contributes to many other worthy charitable causes such as The Race to Erase MS, and the Rhythm and BluesFoundation. He is also a member of the Curiosity Stream Advisory Board.
A lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, Henley has also been a generous donor to political campaigns of Democrats. In 2008, The Washington Post reported Henley had donated over $680,000 to political candidates since 1978. Severaltracks on the 2007 Eagles album Long Road Out of Eden (including the title trackwhich Henley co-wrote) are sharply critical of the Iraq War and other policies of the Bush administration.


Personal Life

In 1974, Henley became involved with Loree Rodkin, and the breakup of their relationship was the inspiration for the song Wasted Time and parts of the lyrics for Hotel California. Late in 1975, Henley started dating Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks as her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham came to an end. The relationship lasted on and off for around two years. Nicks later wrote a song Sara that Henley claimed is about their unborn child. Henley then began a three-year-long relationship with actress/model and Bond girl Lois Chiles.
Henley called paramedics to his home on November 21, 1980, where a 16-year-old girl was found naked and claiming she had overdosed on quaaludes and cocaine. She was arrested for prostitution, while a 15-year-old girl found in the house was arrested for being under the influence of drugs. He was subsequently charged for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, fined and put on probation. Henley was arrested and pleaded no contest. He was fined $2,500 and put on two years probation. Chiles, who was no longer in a relationship with Henley at the time of the incident, later said, I was shocked to hear about it. He didn’t have drugs around the house. It was an accident, I‘m sure. The media attention from this incident was primary among the inspirations for the solo hit,Dirty Laundry.
In the early 1980s, Henley was engaged to Battlestar Galactica actress Maren Jensen. His first solo album (I Can’t Stand Still) is dedicated to Jensen, who also sings harmony vocals on the song, Johnny Can’t Read. Henley and Jensen separated in 1986.
In 1995, Henley married Sharon Summerall. Performers at the wedding included Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Jackson Browne, Sheryl CrowGlenn Frey, and Tony Bennett. Henley later wrote the song Everything Is Different Now from the album Inside Job for Sharon. Summerall has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They have three children together, two girls and a boy.

In 2012, Henley was estimated to be the fourth-wealthiest drummer in the worldbehind Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and Dave Grohl, with a $200 million fortune.
As of 2019, he resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and three children. Henley also maintains a home in Hollywood, California.



Discography

I Can’t Stand Still (1982 )

Building the Perfect Beast (1984 )

The End of the Innocence (1989 )

Inside Job (2000 )

Cass County (2015 )



Awards And Nominations

Henley has won 2 Grammys, and further award associated with Grammy, Musi Cares Person of the Year. He has also won a number of other awards, such as the MTV Music Video Awards for The Boys Of Summer in 1985, and The End of theInnocence in 1990.
In May 2012, Henley was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music along with Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey.
In 2015, Henley received the Trailblazer Award from the Americana Music Honors Awards.



Grammy


Year

Nominee/ work

Award

Result

Ref.

1983

Dirty Laundry

Rock Male Vocalist

Nominated

1986

The Boys Of Summer

Rock Male Vocalist

Won

Record Of The Year

Nominated

Song Of The Year

Nominated

Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi

Producer Of The Year

Nominated

1990

The End of the Innocence

Rock Male Vocalist

Won

Record Of The Year

Nominated

Song Of The Year

Nominated

The End of the Innocence

Album of the Year

Nominated

1993

Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough, Patty Smyth & Don Henley

Pop Performance by a Duo

Nominated

2001

Taking You Home

Male Pop Vocal Performance

Nominated

Workin It

Rock Male Vocalist

Nominated

Inside Job

Pop Vocal Album

Nominated

2002

Inside Out, Trisha Yearwood & Don Henley

Country Collaboration with Vocals

Nominated

2003

It‘s So Easy, Sheryl Crow & Don Henley

Pop Collaboration with Vocals

Nominated

2007

Don Henley

MusiCares Person of the Year

Won

Calling Me, Kenny Rogers & Don Henley

Country Collaboration with Vocals

Nominated

2016

The Cost of Living, Stan Lynch and Don Henley

American Roots Song

Nominated

 

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