Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band ‘Eagles’. Since the 80´s he had a successful solo career and has played a founding role in several causes.
Henley’s music often is running social commentary. One of his more famous songs is "Dirty Laundry." Its origins date back to 1980, when Henley was put on probation for possession of a narcotic and fined for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The ensuing media circus and on-air pundits claiming that his career was over led to the writing of the song, which continues to be an indictment against the broadcast news media. Similarly, "Johhny Can’t Read", also on his I Can’t Stand Still album, continues to resound as a commentary on the educational system.
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