American rock singer, songwriter and drummer Don Henley is best known as a founding member of the Eagles. His solo hits include "The Boys of Summer", "The End of the Innocence" and “Dirty Laundry”. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him the 87th greatest singer of all time.
Henley co-wrote most of the Eagles' best known songs including “Desperado” and also sang lead vocals on “Desperado”, “The Best of My Love”, “One of These Nights”, “Hotel California”, “The Long Run”, “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Wasted Time”. After 9 years together the band split in 1980 due to increasing personal tensions and Henley embarked on a successful solo career. His solo career was the most commercially successful of the band with his highest charting at No.3 in the US for single, “Dirty Laundry”. Henley also duetted with his former lover, Stevie Nicks on her top 10 release, “Leather and Lace”.
Henley had always been involved in political and social initiatives such as founding the Walden Woods Project, Caddo Lake Institute and the Recording Artists’ Coalition with singer Sheryl Crow.
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Cat Stevens was born on 21st July 1948 as Steven Demetre Georgiou and is a prominent covnert to Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam. He is a British singer/songwriter of Greek Cypriot and Swedish ancestry. He began his music career performing songs in coffee houses and pubs.
At the age of 18, in 1966, manager/producer Mike Hurst helped him get a record deal. The first singles were, "I Love My Dog" (ironic for a man named Cat) which charted at No. 28, "Matthew & Son" reached No. 2 and "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun" made it to No. 10. Stevens wrote and recorded the orginal version of The Tremeloes cover hit, "Here Comes My Baby".
1967-68 saw Stevens touring with a wide variety of artists including Jimi Hendrix and Englebert Humperdinck. Stevens' released "New Masters" in December 1967 which failed to chart. The album is most notable for the track, "The First Cut is the Deepest" which he sold to P.P Arnold for £30. The track went on to become an international hit for Keith Hampshire, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow and James Morrison.
At the age of 19, in 1968, Stevens nearly died of tuberculosis and a collapsed lung. In his year long convalesence he studied meditation, yoga, metaphysics and read about many different religions. In this time he also wrote around 40 songs which were much more introspective than his previous work. 1970 saw the first single released from his new album, "Mona Bone Jakon". "Lady D'Arbanville" went to No. 8 in the UK and was the first of his racks to recieve real US airplay. Stevens next album release was the international hit, "Tea for the Tillerman". Within 6 months it had sold 500,000 copies and gone gold in the UK and US. The album included the top 20 track, "Wild World". His follow up enjoyed great success with 1971s, "Teaser and the Firecat" going to No. 2 and achieving gold status in 3 weeks. 1972 saw "Catch Bull at Four" went gold in 15 days and stayed at No.1 in the US for 3 weeks!
On 23rd December 1977 Stevens formally converted to Islam and gave up his music career. He used his accumulated wealth to fund the worldwide Muslim community and is estimated to still earn $1.5 million from his music every year!
Yusuf Islam has recommenced his musical career in recent years and now tours with a new album.
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