- Don Henley took time out to salute the late-Kenny Rogers, a fellow Texan and mentor, in a statement released following Rogers' death at 81 following several years of ill health. Rogers mentored Henley and his early band Shiloh, bringing them out to L.A. in 1970, serving as their producer, and guiding them to a recording contract with Amos Records — which led to Henley teaming up with fellow Amos labelmate Glenn Frey, and eventually forming the Eagles.
Henley's statement reads:
In addition to his tremendous talent, Kenny was a generous and caring man, a wise mentor to so many of us. He loved his friends, his family, his fellow musicians and his fans, and they loved him, right back. Fifty years ago, the Gambler took a gamble on me and my first band from small-town Texas, and his big-hearted support launched many careers, including mine. He also gave me some of the best career advice I ever got: 'You’d better be nice tothe people you meet on the way up, because you’re going to meet those same people on the way back down.' Kenny had been struggling with a number of health issues for some time. He fought the good fight for as long as he could, but he was tired, and he was ready to make his exit. I’m just grateful that I got visit with him in the hospital, about six weeks ago, and convey my gratitude to him for all he did for me. RIP, my friend. Thanks for all the gladness you gave us.” (The Dallas Morning News)