With the break-up of the Eagles in 1980 (beginning a “vacation” that ended in 1994), the individual members embarked on solo careers. While they all enjoyed post-Eagles success, it was drummer/vocalist Don Henley who made the greatest commercial impact. Over the Eagles’ initial decade-long run, Henley had emerged as band’s most distinctive voice – co-writing and singing lead on such classics as “Desperado,” “Best Of My Love,” “One Of These Nights,” “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” and others.
In 1982, Asylum released Henley’s first solo effort, I Can’t Stand Still. Largely a collaboration with co-writer/multi-instrumentalist Danny Kortchmar, it included the hit single “Dirty Laundry.” Among the many notable contributors to the album were Eagles Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh, fellow Elektra/Asylum artists Warren Zevon, J.D. Souther, and Andrew Gold, and other ace musicians like Waddy Wachtel, Benmont Tench, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Russ Kunkel, and Leland Sklar. While Henley would join Asylum founder David Geffen at the latter’s eponymous label in 1984, it was this album that confirmed the depth and range of Henley’s talent on his own terms – as an evocative lyricist, singer, and musician – and laid the groundwork for an impressive solo catalog.