Don Henley Not Happy With His Vocals On "Desperado"
There's no disputing the fact that "Desperado" is one of the Eagles' most classic and beloved tunes. So it may surprise you to know that one of Don Henley's biggest regrets is his vocal performance on that particular song.
According to Rolling Stone, during an interview conducted by his pal Billy Joel at New York's 92nd Street Y, the Eagles drummer and vocalist said that he didn't like the vocal he did on "Desperado" because of the stressful circumstances under which it was recorded.
"We recorded that in London with the London Symphony Orchestra in a cavernous studio," he explained. "I was terrified. The musicians in the orchestra were bored s*******."
Henley adds, "They had brought chess boards with them. Each pair of players would set up a chessboard between them, and when we weren't doing any takes, they would play. Once in a while I would hear a remark from the back: 'You know, I don't feel like a desperado.'"
Add that, Henley says, to the fact that the Eagles' producer, Glyn Johns, would only allow the band four or five takes on the track, even though they begged to do more.
"Desperado" is one of the Eagles' most country-flavored tunes, and has been recorded by a number of country artists over the years. Henley's new solo album, Cass County, is very much country-flavored as well, and features him singing with country stars like Martina McBride and Dolly Parton.