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Don Henley


Don Henley is a renowned American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Don Henley is best known as the founding member of the rock band Eagles. He was the co-lead vocalist and a drummer.

Early Life and Childhood

Don Henley was born on July 22, 1947, in Gilmer, Texas, United States. His birth name is Donald Hugh Henley. At present, he is 75 years old. Moreover, he holds American citizenship and is of the Christian religion. In addition, he was born under the sun sign of Cancer.

Moving towards her family members, he was born to his father C. J. Henley, and his mother Hughlene (McWhorter). He grew up in the smallest northeast Texas town of Linden. Similarly, he is of mixed (Irish, English, and Scottish) ethnicity.


Talking about her educational status, Don completed his schooling at Linden-Kildare High School in Linde, Texas. In his initial days, he played football but the team coach suggested he quit which made him join the high school band instead. In 1965, he joined the college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, after leaving high school. Then, he attended North Texas State University from 1967 to 1969. However, he left the school so that he could spend time with his father as his father was dying of heart and arterial disease.

Don Henley – Net Worth 2023

Don has obviously made a huge amount of money throughout his career. As of the online resources, he has an estimated net worth of $200 million US dollars. He made this immense amount of wealth from his musical career. With this, he happens to be the fourth wealthiest drummer in the world.

Professional Life and Career

Eagles Career

Don is one of the founding members of the rock band, Eagles. He and his band members formed the band in September 1971. They first signed to David Geffen’s label Asylum Records. The band released their first album in 1972 which contained famous songs like Take it Easy. He has sung the band’s most popular songs such as Hotel California, Desperado, Bst of My Love, One of These Nights, Witchy Woman, The Long Run, and many more. In 1980, the band broke up and reunited in 1994 after 14 years. Then, the band released Long Road Out of Eden.

Solo Career

He started his solo career after the band broke up in 1980. With her then-girlfriend, Stevie, Don duetted on her Top 10 Pop and Adult Contemporary hit “Leather and Lace”. Likewise, his first solo album is “I Can’t Stand Still”. This album included a hit single “Dirty Laundry” which is one of his most successful singles and sold over a million copies in the US. The song also got nominated for Grammy Award. Some of his other albums are “Building the Perfect Beast”, ” The End of the Innocence”, “Cass County”, and others.

Don Henley

Caption: Don Henley performing live (Source: Wikipedia)

Relationship Status

Don Henley is currently in a happily married life with Sharon Summerall. The couple tied the knot to each other on May 20, 1995. At their wedding, some top musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, and John Fogerty performed. The couple has three children together named Annabel, Will, and Julia. At present, he is living happily with his family in Dallas, Texas.

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Caption: Don Henley with his wife (Source: Pinterest)

Prior to this, he dated Loree Roskin in 1974. Likewise, he was in a relationship with Stevie Nicks in 1975. In addition, he was even engaged to Maren Jensen.

Body Measurements

Don Henley is a tall and handsome guy. He has maintained an attractive body style even at this age. Talking of his height, he is 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 meters tall. Furthermore, the drummer has a body weight of 79 kg or 174 pounds. In addition, the drummer has salt and pepper-colored hair with a pair of blue eyes.

Don Henley – Social Media

When it comes to his social media activeness, Don is available on Facebook only. His official Facebook page has a huge 975k followers. He joined Facebook on June 25, 2013. In fact, he is a verified Facebook user. Furthermore, he also owns a YouTube channel under his name with more than 58.8k subscribers.

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Caption: Don Henley with his car (Source: The Guardian)