Fun Facts About Don Henley
Some completely random pieces of trivia
- Henley's middle name is Hugh.
- Henley dated Stevie Nicks in the mid-70s, and they are still good friends to this day. He also says she inspired him to take the plunge and go solo after the Eagles broke up. He initially romanced her by sending a bunch of gifts to the studio where Fleetwood Mac was recording. According to Stevie, this gesture made Lindsey Buckingham about ready to pop a vein. A little while later, Lindsey told Rolling Stone it "made [him] happy" to see them together (Yeah, right, Linds).
- Stevie has said lines from her song "Sara" are about her relationship with Don. An example: "when you build your house, call me home." At the time, he was building a house (although according to Stevie, the fact that it wasn't completed didn't stop Henley from inviting her over).
- Henley wrote "Johnny Can't Read" because his mother was a teacher.
- The Sunset Grill was a real place (now under new ownership and spoilt, according to Henley). He says that their burgers were really thick and juicy, and had big chunks of Velveeta cheese melted on them - just the way Henley likes 'em!
- Henley studied mime and African dance in order to feel more comfortable in front of audiences for his solo shows.
- At one point in the mid-80s, Don considered forming a band with Lindsey Buckingham. (It is unsurprising that didn't come off, considering their history - see above.)
- The video for "Boys of Summer" won "Best Video" at the 1985 MTV video awards. (See acceptance speech)
- Henley got married to model Sharon Summerall in 1995. They have three children together.
- Performers at Henley's wedding included Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, and Sheryl Crow. His ushers were Jackson Browne and J.D. Souther, who performed "'I Kissed You."The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra played the music for the ceremony. (Read more). Also, at his wedding, Henley sang "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "In My Life" for his bride, as well as "Thank You" at the reception (Read more).