Sunset Grill (song)

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"Sunset Grill"
Single by Don Henley
from the album Building the Perfect Beast
B-side "Man with a Mission"
Released August 1985
Format 7-inch
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock
Length 6:22
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s) Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Benmont Tench
Producer(s) Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi
Don Henley singles chronology
"Not Enough Love in the World"
"Sunset Grill"
"The End of the Innocence"

"Not Enough Love in the World"
"Sunset Grill"
"The End of the Innocence"

"Sunset Grill" is a song by Don Henley from his 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast. The song peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart in January 1985.[1] Released as the fourth single from the album in August 1985, it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1985.[2]

Patty Smyth sings harmony vocals on this song, while Pino Palladino plays fretless bass. Randy Newman arranged the synthesizer programming for the song.[3]

The title and lyrics of the song reference the Sunset Grill, a hamburger restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
RPM Top Singles 52
RPM Adult Contemporary 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 22
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 18
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks 7


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Rock Tracks (2002): 69
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Top Pop Singles 1955–1996 (1997): 274
  3. ^ Fremer, Michael (May 1, 2009). "Don Henley Finds His Thrill at The Sunset Grill". 
  4. ^ Willman, Chris "The Sunset Grill is a Place to Sing About" Los Angeles Times January 2, 1986

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