Don Henley didn't write this song - Danny Kortchmar
did. Kortchmar spent much of the '70s playing guitar and piano of seminal albums by James Taylor (Sweet Baby James
), Warren Zevon (Excitable Boy
), and Carole King (Tapestry
When Henley launched his solo career, he tapped Kortchmar's talents not just a musician, but also as a songwriter. Songs they wrote together include "Dirty Laundry
," "New York Minute
" and "I Can't Stand Still." Kortchmar also wrote some songs on his own for Henley, becoming one of the few writers whose words the Eagles founder would put to tape. "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" is one of these completely Kortchmar compositions. In our 2013 interview, Danny told us how it came together: "I had the groove and the music going. That record was made back when the technology had just started to really take over in music. I had one of the first Yamaha DX 7s, which was a keyboard that was used a ton in the '80s, but we ended up luckily getting one of the first ones in the United States. It's a synthesizer keyboard, and I used it to get that sound that you hear the record starting with.
I was fooling around with that and created a track at home while we were making one of those albums. The next morning I woke up and wrote the whole lyric in about 20 minutes - wrote the whole thing. It came very easily.
I can't really tell you the process, just that the music suggested to me what I wanted and then it just came out very quickly."