Don Henley rose to fame as a founding member and lead vocalist of the Eagles, which is one of the most successful rock bands of all time. He joined the Eagles in 1971 and served as their lead vocalist for the following ten years when the band experienced great success and garnered four Grammy Awards and five number-one hits.
Henley started his solo career in 1980 after the Eagles split up. His 1982 first album, “I Can’t Stand Still,” was shortly followed by 1984’s “Building the Perfect Beast,” which produced multiple top-charting singles, including “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.” He is best known for the Eagles’ song ‘Hotel California’.
Being such an important artist, he has revealed his part of favorite songs from time to time. Back in 2019, during his interview with BBC Radio 2, Don was asked to list his favorite songs and he mentioned a song that was intruding in particular. It was ‘Dreaming Fields’ by Trisha Yearwood. He also talked about how important that song is for him and the song also leaves him in tears. He is so affected by it because the song’s words make him think of his farmer-father and grandfather.
Don said, “A woman who has recorded a Matraca Berg song called ‘Dreaming Fields’ and this is my favorite version. Matraca did this song, but I like Trisha Yearwood’s version better. I’m sorry, Matraca. I get tears in my eyes every time I hear this song. It just kills me because it reminds me of my father and grandfather, both farmers at one point. This is a story, perhaps about Matraca Bergs’ grandfather.”
Many of Henley’s songs, such as “The End of the Innocence” and “The End of the American Dream,” address topics including environmentalism and the crumbling of the American Dream. His music has been lauded for its social and political commentary (“New York Minute”). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Eagles and won the American Music Award for Artist of the Decade, among other honors and distinctions.