Don Henley

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2007 (The 2008 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Dirty Laundry (1982)
Boys of Summer (1984)
All She Wants to Do Is Dance (1984)
End of Innocence (1989)

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Will Don Henley be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


29 comments so far (post your own)

Don Heneley was an awsome solo artist. He belongs in the Hall of Fame. "Boys of Summer" is one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

Posted by Brhett Lemberger on Friday, 12.29.06 @ 12:13pm

He'll get in. Definitely no question about it.

Posted by Joe on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 19:26pm

His solo career is complete MOR hackery, shouldn't be anywhere near the hall.

Posted by Kit on Monday, 04.16.07 @ 15:00pm

Why would you say that?

Posted by Brhett on Saturday, 04.21.07 @ 11:38am

As a solo artist? No. "Boys of Summer" is great and all but the rest of his solo work was utter crap.

Posted by Creepozoid on Monday, 04.23.07 @ 01:15am

He's already inducted for his biggest contribution to the history of popular music, The Eagles. The Eagles were highly influential. I can't say the same for his solo work. Except for one big hit he didn't contribute much as a solo artist.

Posted by The_Claw on Monday, 04.23.07 @ 05:26am

Boys of summer, dirty laundry and leather and lace with Stevie Nicks is not crap. he is a great solo artist,he deserves to be in.

Posted by --------------- on Tuesday, 05.29.07 @ 13:34pm

Yes he does deserve it. So does Joe Walsh, Glen Frey, not so much

Posted by ........................................ on Sunday, 08.12.07 @ 15:07pm

Henley had a pretty solid solo career, though it doesn't quite reach HoF level. "Boys of Summer" is his best of course, and remains a pop classic. I also like "End of the Innocence", "Heart of the Matter", and "Not Enough Love in the World". He could have been HoF material if he'd continued to release songs of that quality.

Posted by A-Killa on Friday, 08.17.07 @ 09:40am

Will noone heed the words of Mojo Nixon? He has warned us that "Don Henley Must Die".

Posted by shawn on Friday, 08.17.07 @ 11:42am

I had to google Mojo Nixon. From his Wiki entry:

"...On this album Nixon continued his assault on pop culture, most notably in the song 'Don Henley Must Die.' Several years after its release, Henley jumped onstage with Nixon at the Hole in the Wall in Austin, TX, to perform the song. Although since Henley didn't actually know the words to the song, the pair agreed to sing 'Rick Astley Must Die' instead... Nixon later praised Henley thusly: 'He has balls the size of church bells!'"

Posted by A-Killa on Friday, 08.17.07 @ 14:45pm

It's pretty hard to dislike a guy who is good humored enough to join in on a song that calls out for his own destruction, calling him bloated and soules! A sample:
"He's a tortured artist
Used to be in the Eagles
Now he whines
Like a wounded beagle
Poet of despair!
Pumped up with hot air!
He's serious, pretentious
And I just don't care
Don Henley must die!
Don't let him get back together
With Glenn Frey!
Don Henley must die!"

The song goes onto advocate "..put a sharp stick in his eye/ DH must die. Yea yea yea" and accuses DH of ruining rock and roll. Ha-ha-ha-ha!
Henley does have big brass ones.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 08.17.07 @ 16:02pm

I just find it amazing that someone would care that much about DH to write such a bizarre and hostile song - the problem with people like MN is that it is SO EASY to be critical of anything....and demonstrates his character flaw and propensity towards the easy and least resistant path

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 08.17.07 @ 18:17pm

or it was, you know, a joke song obviously meant to be funny.

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 08.18.07 @ 16:32pm

They say there is always a kernel of truth in humor

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 08.18.07 @ 20:05pm

"They" say a lot of things that aren't true.

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 08.18.07 @ 20:50pm

I guess "They" would include you

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 08.19.07 @ 07:02am

Yeah, I remember reading at the time about that incident, where Henley jumped on stage to join Nixon on "Don Henley Must Die". I agree, as annoying and self righteous as Henley can be, I felt he handled that perfectly. Completely embracing the situation and therefore taking all the teeth out of it. Nixon himself had to admit Henley had balls. That is a really funny song, though. I love the part at the guitar solo where the guitarist starts playing the "Hotel California" solo and Nixon yells: "You're fired! You're out of the band!" Or something to that effect. Funny.

Posted by Dezmond on Sunday, 08.19.07 @ 11:42am

My favorite Mojo song was always Elvis is Everywhere.

Who built the pyramids?


Who built Stonehenge?


What's happening in the Bermuda Triangle?


Posted by Kit on Sunday, 08.19.07 @ 15:24pm

"I just find it amazing that someone would care that much about DH to write such a bizarre and hostile song"

...I'll take it that he's never listened to Gay For Johnny Depp (no, that IS the band name).

Posted by liam on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 13:12pm

I still think he should get in, he may not have been as succesfull has others, but if people like Percy Sledge and Brenda Lee are in, why not DH, he blows these guys(and many more) out of the water.

Posted by Brhett on Sunday, 03.9.08 @ 15:49pm

No, Don Henley as a Solo Artist does not deserve Induction... he didn't contribute to music, no artist takes influence from him. (unless your talking about The Eagles, who are one of the greatest artists of all time, and a lot of people take influence from them).

Posted by Calzone on Tuesday, 10.21.08 @ 15:57pm

No one can argue that "Boys of Summer" is a classic. But that's where the good news ends for Henley's solo career. In the early 80's he put out tripe like "Dirty Laundry" and "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" that sound like something Loverboy would LEAVE OFF one of their earlier albums after they realized how crappy they were. Then later on in the decade he would give us whiny, overwrought AOR (pretty much anything off that godawful "End of the Innocence" album fits this description) that Kevin Cronin wouldn't wipe his ass with. Kinda wish the "tired old man we elected king" would come back from the dead to give him the asskicking he's needed ever since the Eagles originally broke up.

Posted by Randy on Wednesday, 01.7.09 @ 22:48pm

God no

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 02.22.09 @ 13:09pm

Maybe not HoF worthy, but Henley had some great songs during this part of his career. I always found it strange that people call "The Boys of Summer" the lone classic of his solo material when I didn't even see it as his best solo song(maybe because it was just too new waveish for my taste). "The Last Worthless Evening" was a great ballad and "Dirty Laundry" was a good, firm rocker.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 07.23.09 @ 18:16pm

Some great non-Boys of Summer stuff in there, but not enough for the HOF.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 03.19.11 @ 19:27pm

Leather And Lace * Johnny Can't Read * Dirty Laundry * I Can't Stand Still * The Boys Of Summer * All She Wants To Do Is Dance * Not Enough Love In The World * Sunset Grill * The End Of The Innocence * The Last Worthless Evening * The Heart Of The Matter * The New York Minute * How Bad Do You Want It * Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough * Taking You Home

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.23.12 @ 19:24pm

I always thought Don Henley was a great singer and musician. Boys Of Summer was a Classic song. The End Of The Innocence had some influence with some Classics The Last Worthless Evening, End Of The Innocence, Heart of the Matter, New York Minute. Album won some awards. I don't think his solo material was level of RRHOF worthy. Sting's solo stuff was a little better and he hasn't been inducted as a solo artist. Don Henley has great respect in the music industry so you never know.KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 05.18.15 @ 18:00pm

Steve Winwood and Don Henley - Hold On I'm Coming

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.10.17 @ 21:59pm

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