Don Henley Wins MusiCares Person of the Year

Published: 2006-10-24
Though the Grammy nominations are far from being announced, one award given out by the Recording Academy has; the MusiCares award.

Former Eagles drummer and singer-songwriter Don Henley is this year's recipient of the MusiCares Person of the Year. According to MusiCares' official website, "Henley will be honored for his musical achievements and his commitment to environmental issues, artists' rights."

Henley began his career as one of the main songwriters and singers of the Grammy Award winning country rock group the Eagles. They made hits of tunes like "Hotel California," "Take it Easy" and "Desperado" before disbanding in 1980. After the band broke up Henley embarked on a successful solo career penning more hits like "Boys of Summer," "The End of Innocence" and "The Heart of the Matter." The Eagles later reunited for the Hell Freezes Over tour in 1994.

In between all of the music Henley undertook a number of environmental projects including the Walden Woods Project, to preserve historic Walden Woods in Massachusetts, and later the Caddo Lake Institute that the MusiCares website describes as "a privately operating foundation to act as an "ecosystem-specific" sponsoring entity, underwriting local wetland science and conservation education including cultural and ecological research and monitoring."

"Additionally, Henley co-founded the Recording Artists' Coalition, a nonprofit, non-partisan group formed to represent the interests of recording artists with regard to legislative issues in which corporate and artists' interests conflict, and to address other public policy debates that come before the music industry."

Henley will be awarded on February 9 in Los Angeles, two days before the Grammy Awards.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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