On this day in music history: August 13, 1982 …

On this day in music history: August 13, 1982 – “I Can’t Stand Still”, the debut solo album by Don Henley is released. Produced by Don Henley and Greg Ladanyi, it is recorded at Record One Studios in Sherman Oaks, CA from Late 1981 – Early 1982. It is the first solo effort from the former drummer and lead vocalist of the Eagles. Co-writing many of the songs with longtime collaborator and guitarist Danny Kortchmar, the album features instrumental and vocal support from former Eagles band mates Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, Garth Hudson (of The Band), Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro and Bill Withers. It spins off two singles including “Johnny Can’t Read” (#42 Pop), expressing concern for the the growing illiteracy problem in America, and his biggest solo hit “Dirty Laundry” (#3 Pop, #1 Mainstream Rock), a strong rebuke of network news coverage and the tabloid media. Henley also receives a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male for “Dirty Laundry” in 1983. “I Can’t Stand Still” peaks at number twenty four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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