Don Henley

Don Henley on Randy Newman: 'The most misunderstood and underappreciated recording artist alive'

Don Henley on Randy Newman: 'The most misunderstood and underappreciated recording artist alive'

Don Henley first came into contact with singer-songwriter Randy Newman after the Eagles’ co-founder, drummer, singer and songwriter moved to California from Texas to pursue music beyond the boundaries of the Lone Star State and its neighbors. There, he had been playing with a regionally successful rock band, Shiloh, in the ’60s.

They crossed paths on the fertile L.A. music scene based around the Troubadour in West Hollywood. After the Eagles became arguably the biggest rock band of the 1970s, they lent their voices to a couple of tracks on Newman’s 1977 album, “Little Criminals.”

That may have something to do with the fact that one of those songs, “Short People,” turned...

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