Don Henley is known for his songwriting. His lyrics are both poetic and literal. Some of his songs seem to be written about a past lover. Another song is about being wild in the bedroom. In any case, Don Henley has always made good music.
When the Eagles broke up in 1982, Don Henley started his solo career. Although his debut solo album wasn't released until 1988, he was already known for his songwriting and was nominated for three Grammy Awards. One of his songs, "Leather and Lace" from the Bella Donna album, reached the Top 40. Throughout the 80s, he continued to write hits.
The title track, "The Boys Of Summer," is a wistful portrait of a man clinging to his lover. It's a song that's easy to identify with, but its literal meaning is difficult to decipher. After all, the lyrics suggest wild things in the bedroom and fighting.
This song has become a classic, and if you're looking for a great summer song, this one is a good choice. Henley's vocals are delicate and whispery, but he manages to carry the song with a bit of care. And the backing vocals soar over full keyboard chords.
The video for "The Boys Of Summer" has won numerous awards, including MTV Video Music Awards' Best Male Video award and Viewer's Choice. Other prizes include the Best Art Direction and Concept Video awards. For his album, "The End Of The Innocence," Henley won the Best Album and Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male.