1985 Don Henley – Sunset Grill

1985 Don Henley – Sunset Grill

Don Henley and Glenn Frey first worked together in 1971 as members of Linda Ronstadt’s backing band. They eventually recruited a few more members and formed the Eagles.

I first saw the group when they were supporting their second album as the warm-up act for Procol Harum in the Summer of 1973. They had been touring mostly in the Northeast, and their mild country-pop music probably was a bit jarring to the crowds that showed up for Procol Harum. The Nashville crowd greeted their performance with a lot of enthusiasm, and the reception clearly cheered up the group.

The Eagles did fairly well in the rest of the seventies but splintered and broke up in 1980. Don began recording solo albums. His first album, I Can’t Stand Still, only spawned one hit record (Dirty Laundry, which reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart).

His second album, Building The Perfect Beast, came out in 1984 and included four successful singles. Boys Of Summer and All She Wants To Do Is Dance both hit the top ten on the pop charts and number 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

Not Enough Love In The World was the least successful of the four singles, only reaching #34 on the Hot 100 that Summer (but it peaked at #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart). Don co-wrote the song with his frequent co-writer, guitarist Danny Kortchmar and keyboardist Benmont Tench (one of the founding members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).

The last single from the album was Sunset Grill. Don Henley wrote the song, again with assistance from Danny and Benmont. He produced the single with help from Danny and Greg Ladanyi. Patty Smyth sang backup vocals and Randy Newman provided the synthesizer programming.

The record peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 and reached #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1985. It also reached #18 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

It would be 1989 before Don released any more singles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Henley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Henley_discography
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Grill_(song)

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