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On this day in music history: November 19, 1984 – “Building The Perfect Beast”, the second solo album by Don Henley is released. Produced by Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi, it is recorded at Record One in Sherman Oaks, CA, Bill Schnee Studio in Universal City, CA, and The Villa in North Hollywood, CA from Late 1983 – Mid 1984. Following up his successful solo debut “I Can’t Stand Still”, the second release from the former Eagles vocalist and drummer  features instrumental and vocal support from Lindsey Buckingham, Mike Campbell, Belinda Carlisle, Martha Davis, Patty Smyth, Benmont Tench, Charlie Sexton, Pino Palladino, David Paich, Jim Keltner, Randy Newman and J.D. Souther. The cassette and CD releases of the album include the additional bonus track “A Month Of Sundays” (the non-LP B-side of “The Boys Of Summer”). It is left off of the vinyl pressing of the album due to the time constraints of the format. It spins off four singles including “The Boys Of Summer” (#5 Pop) and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” (#9 Pop). “Summer” wins Henley a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male in 1985, and also wins four MTV Video Music Awards including Video Of The Year for the songs’ iconic music video directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino (“Justify My Love” “Slave To Love”). “Building The Perfect Beast” peaks at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200, and certified is 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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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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On this day in music history: June 27, 1989 – “The End Of The Innocence”, the third album by Don Henley is released. Produced by Don Henley, Mike Corey, Mike Campbell, Bruce Hornsby, Greg Ladanyi, Danny Kortchmar and Stan Lynch, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from Early 1988 – Early 1989. Following the success of “Building The Perfect Beast”, nearly four years pass before Don Henley begins recording the follow up. Working again with Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi, he co-produces his new album with Mike Campbell (guitar, keyboards) and Stan Lynch (drums) (Tom Petty), keyboardist Mike Corey (Rod Stewart) and pianist Bruce Hornsby. Henley also surrounds himself with a number top studio players and high profile musicians including Wayne Shorter (soprano sax), David Paich (keyboards), Jeff Porcaro (drums) (Toto), Guns ‘N Roses front man Axl Rose, Stanley Jordan (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Pino Palladino, Larry Klein (bass), Take 6, J.D. Souther, Ivan Neville, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Smyth, Valerie Carter, Edie Brickell, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters and a pre-fame Sheryl Crow (backing vocals). The title track “The End Of The Innocence” (#8 Pop, #1, #2 AC) begins with a piano instrumental written by Bruce Hornsby. Henley’s lyrics are inspired in part by a friend that he finds out is being indicted for securities fraud. It speaks of how many of the baby boomer generation’s idealism and desire to change the world in their youth, have given way to materialism and nihilism as they begin to enter middle age. Then recent current events including the Iran-Contra scandal and America under Ronald Reagan’s presidency are also reflected upon. The song is supported by a memorable music video directed by David Fincher, which wins Henley an MTV VMA for Best Male Video in 1990. Other stand out tracks include the singles “Heart Of The Matter” (#21 Pop, #3 AC), “The Last Worthless Evening” (#21 Pop, #5 AC), and “New York Minute” (#48 Pop, #5 AC). Don Henley his second Grammy Award as a solo artist for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the title track in 1990. His best selling solo album, it also marks the beginning of the end of Henley’s relationship with Geffen Records. Constantly at odds with label boss David Geffen, Henley seeks to break his ties with Geffen in 1993. The label responds by filing a $30 million dollar breach of contract suit against the musician, stating that Henley owes them two more albums and a greatest hits compilation. The suit drags on until 2000, parting with Geffen and signing with Warner Bros Records. “Innocence” is remastered and reissued as a gold CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, and as a DTS 5.1 surround mix by DTS Entertainment in 1998. “The End Of The Innocence” peaks at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: November 19, 1984 – “Building The Perfect Beast”, the second solo album by Don Henley is released. Produced by Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi, it is recorded at Record One in Sherman Oaks, CA, Bill Schnee Studio in Universal City, CA, and The Villa in North Hollywood, CA from Late 1983 – Mid 1984. Following up his successful solo debut “I Can’t Stand Still”, the second release from the former Eagles vocalist and drummer  features instrumental and vocal support from Lindsey Buckingham, Mike Campbell, Belinda Carlisle, Martha Davis, Patty Smyth, Benmont Tench, Charlie Sexton, Pino Palladino, David Paich, Jim Keltner, Randy Newman and J.D. Souther. The cassette and CD releases of the album include the additional bonus track “A Month Of Sundays” (the non-LP B-side of “The Boys Of Summer”). It is left off of the vinyl pressing of the album due to the time constraints of the format. It spins off four singles including “The Boys Of Summer” (#5 Pop) and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” (#9 Pop). “Summer” wins Henley a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male in 1985, and also wins four MTV Video Music Awards including Video Of The Year for the songs’ iconic music video directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino (“Justify My Love” “Slave To Love”). “Building The Perfect Beast” peaks at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200, and certified is 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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.

On this day in music history: June 27, 1989 – “The End Of The Innocence”, the third album by Don Henley is released. Produced by Don Henley, Mike Corey, Mike Campbell, Bruce Hornsby, Greg Ladanyi, Danny Kortchmar and Stan Lynch, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from Early 1988 – Early 1989. Following the success of “Building The Perfect Beast”, nearly four years pass before Don Henley begins recording the follow up. Working again with Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi, he co-produces his new album with Mike Campbell (guitar, keyboards) and Stan Lynch (drums) (Tom Petty), keyboardist Mike Corey (Rod Stewart) and pianist Bruce Hornsby. Henley also surrounds himself with a number top studio players and high profile musicians including Wayne Shorter (soprano sax), David Paich (keyboards), Jeff Porcaro (drums) (Toto), Guns ‘N Roses front man Axl Rose, Stanley Jordan (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Pino Palladino, Larry Klein (bass), Take 6, J.D. Souther, Ivan Neville, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Smyth, Valerie Carter, Edie Brickell, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters and a pre-fame Sheryl Crow (background vocals). The title track “The End Of The Innocence” (#8 Pop, #1, #2 AC) begins with a piano instrumental written by Bruce Hornsby. Henley’s lyrics are inspired in part by a friend that he finds out is being indicted for securities fraud. It speaks of how many of the baby boomer generation’s idealism and desire to change the world in their youth, have given way to materialism and nihilism as they begin to enter middle age. Then recent current events including the Iran-Contra scandal and America under Ronald Reagan’s presidency are also reflected upon. The song is supported by a memorable music video directed by David Fincher, which wins Henley an MTV VMA for Best Male Video in 1990. Other stand out tracks include the singles “Heart Of The Matter” (#21 Pop, #3 AC), “The Last Worthless Evening” (#21 Pop, #5 AC), and “New York Minute” (#48 Pop, #5 AC). Don Henley his second Grammy Award as a solo artist for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the title track in 1990. In spite of becoming his best selling solo album, it marks the beginning of the end of Henley’s relationship with Geffen Records. Constantly at odds with label boss David Geffen over the terms of his recording and song publishing contracts, Henley seeks to break his ties with Geffen in 1993. The label responds by filing a $30 million dollar breach of contract suit against the musician, stating that Henley owes them two more albums and a greatest hits compilation. The suit drags on until 2000 when he finally parts with Geffen and signs with Warner Bros Records. “Innocence” is remastered and reissued as a gold CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, and as a DTS 5.1 surround mix by DTS Entertainment in 1998. “The End Of The Innocence” peaks at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 19, 1984 – “Building The Perfect Beast”, the second solo album by Don Henley is released. Produced by Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi, it is recorded at Record One in Sherman Oaks, CA, Bill Schnee Studio in Universal City, CA, and The Villa in North Hollywood, CA from Late 1983 – Mid 1984. Following up his successful solo debut “I Can’t Stand Still”, the second release from the former Eagles vocalist and drummer  features instrumental and vocal support from Lindsey Buckingham, Mike Campbell, Belinda Carlisle, Martha Davis, Patty Smyth, Benmont Tench, Charlie Sexton, Pino Palladino, David Paich, Jim Keltner, Randy Newman and J.D. Souther.

The cassette and CD releases of the album include the additional bonus track “A Month Of Sundays” (the non-LP B-side of “The Boys Of Summer”). It is left off of the vinyl pressing of the album due to the time constraints of the format.

It spins off four singles including “The Boys Of Summer” (#5 Pop) and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” (#9 Pop). “Summer” wins Henley a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male in 1985, and also wins four MTV Video Music Awards including Video Of The Year for the songs’ iconic music video directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino (“Justify My Love” “Slave To Love”). “Building The Perfect Beast” peaks at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200, and certified is 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.