Thursday, June 25, 2015

"I Can't Stand Still" by Don Henley

Song#:  1306
Date:  01/15/1983
Debut:  83
Peak:  48
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After the gold success of his #3 hit "Dirty Laundry," Henley released this title-track single from his debut solo album. Despite coming on the heels of his biggest solo hit, the song didn't catch on and it failed to reach the Top 40. Rock radio ignored the tune but another song on the album ended up getting a few spins. The track "You Better Hang Up" nicked the Mainstream Rock chart at #44.

ReduxReview:  This mid-tempo track didn't win me over with its lumbering beat and swirling keyboard. It's just not a good single. The strength of "Dirty Laundry" probably helped to push this song further up the chart. If it wasn't for that, I would venture to guess that this single would have totally flopped. There were no other surefire hits on the album, but there were better choices than this one.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  While still in college, Henley joined a country rock band that eventually became known as Shiloh. Thanks to a chance meeting, the band found a fan in Kenny Rogers, who was having success at the time with his band The First Edition. Rogers invited them out to Los Angeles to do some recording. They did and the song "Jennifer (O' My Lady)" got issued as a single on Amos Records. It did well enough on a local level to call for a full album from the band. With Kenny Rogers producing, Shiloh issued their self-titled debut in 1970. Unfortunately, it went nowhere and the band went their own ways with Henley joining Glenn Frey in Linda Ronstadt's backing band (the initial beginnings of the Eagles). Another member of Shiloh also had a significant music career. Jim Ed Norman went on to be a noted string arranger and producer who worked with the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray, Crystal Gayle, and many others. He later served as the president of Warner Bros. Nashville from 1984 through 2004.


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