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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. He was 61.

Longtime manager Tony Gottlieb said Seals, diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago, died Wednesday night at his daughter's home in Nashville.

With England Dan and John Ford Coley, Seals had hits including "I'd Really Like to See You Tonight" and "Nights Are Forever," both in 1976. His country hits in the '80s and '90s included "Bop," "You Still Move Me," "Love on Arrival," and a duet with Marie Osmond, "Meet Me in Montana."

"I've loved to play and sing from the moment I knew what it was," he told The Associated Press in 1992.

Seals, who is survived by his wife and four children, was in hospice care when he died.

"He was very positive," said Gottlieb, Seals' manager for about 30 years. "He participated in several clinical trials to assist with research on this type of lymphoma."

Gottlieb said a major misconception about Seals is that he was a pop singer who came to country music. In reality, he said, Seals grew up singing country music and crossed into pop.

"He was raised in a very rural part of West Texas. His father was an amateur country singer, and he used to play with his dad. They were Hank Williams, Grand Ole Opry people. He was much more of a country singer than a pop singer."

Seals' older brother, Jimmy, was the Seals in Seals & Crofts, who recorded the hits "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl" in the 1970s.

Until Dan Seals got sick, the brothers were working as a duo, Seals & Seals. They performed some shows and were recording an album but never finished it. The songs they did complete, about eight in all, will be released.

"In the last two years he only did like three shows," Gottlieb said. "He just didn't have the energy."

Seals, whose father was a pipefit t er, was born in McCamey, Texas, and grew up in Iraan, Texas, and Dallas.

His well-crafted songs tended to be insightful and graphic with lofty themes. In 1989, his music video for the song "Rage On" addressed a topic rare in country music: an interracial relationship. It showed angry youths smashing the windows of the car of a young man dating a girl of a different race. One boy hurled a beer bottle at the girl's father. The song itself was about small town values.

"When we record songs, we take chances," Seals said at the time. "We feel we are on the cutting edge of what we can do."

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Mar. 26, 2009.
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March 6, 2021
I saw Dan perform in Dartford UK a few years back fantastic night his voice was unique I still have his music Sadly Missed
Dave Martin
February 15, 2021
When I was a solo act, I was lucky to be gigging at a fair in Oregon where Dan was a headliner. I watched both his shows, and he posed for a picture with me, which I treasure to this day. What a great talent and human being!
Alan Redstone
January 28, 2021
Absolutely one of the greatest voices of "our generation", sadly missed but not forgotten Dan,
Scott Keeney
January 7, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Shelley Wigham
November 19, 2020
The man’s voice, songs and his smile remind me how precious is God’s gift of life. I wish we could go back and visit with Dan again. My best to his brother, children and family even this far removed from his passing.
Terry Milstead
September 27, 2020
My husband and I loved Dan Seals, We played his music constantly on long trips. "You still move Me" gives me goosebumps, We lost him way to young, May he rest in peace.
Alice Hager
September 19, 2020
I just learned that Dan passed away. He was one of my favorites. I SO loved his very beautiful voice and all his wonderful songs. You are very much missed.
September 11, 2020
loved his voice/singing/songs
kathy st okes
August 29, 2020
great artist loved his music and still listen to it
john mallard
August 6, 2020
Still move me
Deborah Morris
July 11, 2020
I just found this site. The music he did with John Ford Coley changed my life (as a kid). "Love is the Answer" is the best song in the world! It made me more hopeful, and probably kept me from ending my life, as it helped me deal with being abused.
June 15, 2020
I met Dan at a concert in Galax, Va. I have an autographed picture of him. He was a great country singer. I miss him so much. Thanks for the memories.
Patsy East
June 2, 2020
When I heard the news a piece of my life was resurrected and the memories of my youth returned for a long overdue visit. The music and poetry shared by this artist is timeless and forever etched in my soul and being. The heavens are including another of our Better Angels today and we are the fortunate people who were blessed to hear his gifts. RIP Dan
John Madrid
May 27, 2020
RIP England Dan!

Sir, I listen to your music everyday. Know that you are greatly missed!
Rick Haas
May 20, 2020
RIP Mr. Dan Seals
I like your music and I wish I could have seen you in concert. Someone I know went to a concert when you were doing duo music with John Foggerty. He said it was a good show ! I know it was for you two put out good music and I was not even there. Wish I was there to see the concert. Thank you for your contribution to American musical history ! My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. seals for your loss. ✝
JD and fellow west Texan !
Joe DeHoyos
April 14, 2020
I was heart broken when I learned of the passing of Dan Seals . There will never be another voice such as his. May he RIP in the arms of the Lord
Linda Roberts-Adams
April 13, 2020
We are going to miss him
Mark Landon
January 12, 2020
Rest in peace. You are missed.
Katherine Cooper
December 2, 2019
R.I.P. Sir..You brought a lot of good music to a troubled world
Ron Clifford
November 8, 2019
You were an awesome singer
I have the dowdy.farey road album.
Donna Price
October 5, 2019
I would like to reach Jim Seals, Dans oldest son. He is my first cousin and I havent seen or heard from him since we laid Danny to rest. If you receive this message and are able, please let him know I think of him often and would like to make contact in any way. Thank you!
Jay Seals
September 29, 2019
I have always loved the song Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold. His music will stay in our hearts for ever. Know he can sing to the angels a great voice should always be heard. Thoughts and prayers to the seals family.
Kristen Collins
September 29, 2019
Kristen Collins
September 28, 2019
A great singer song writer RIP Dan
Dan Surber
September 24, 2019
I saw Dan Seals in Meeker, Colorado many years ago. He was playing directly into the setting sun and never complained or hinted at cutting the show short because of the heat. As I read all the comments below, I saw the names of many small towns he played in. WHat an incredible performer to pour his heart into every show.
Barb Stewart
July 25, 2019
Love is the Answer was a beautiful song, I was a fan of you and JFC in the seventies, I like your Bahai inspired song We are One, I know you played left handed guitar with the strings upside down which gave us some great sounds especially on the 12 string, we saw Seals and Seals in the Coachella valley, great show, thanks for all the memories. Dave Dunbar Palm Desert CA RIP.
David Dunbar
July 6, 2019
Love your music! Wish you were
Still with us.....
Julie Bailey
June 14, 2019
One of Dans songs has been in my head for two days this week. Today though I cant remember it. I wish I could have been to a show with Jim and Dan. Sometimes he sounded like Vince Gill....nothing wrong with that. RIP Dan and remember I will be there someday.
Steve Koch
June 10, 2019
Thanks so much for the music! You're amazing. RIP
Dianna Merritt
May 10, 2019
he was a great inspiration to me as a musician , heartfelt song,s that will live forever. God bless his family
thomas white
April 25, 2019
Dan, your music really moves me. You seemed like such a wonderful man. Wish Id known you.
Pam Brasher
April 17, 2019
You left a true legacy in your music, thank you for all the good times you brought me when I needed a sing along pick me up.
Jeff Patterson
March 25, 2019
Thinking about you today on the anniversary of
your passing. Saw you once in concert in Toledo,
OH, and got to meet you afterward. You had an amazing voice and a great musical tallent, and a gift for writing songs.
Miss you love you forever,
Nancy White
February 26, 2019
I loved to hear dan sing sorry about his passing
Sadie Carpenter
February 18, 2019
Dan's music still touches me and teaches me to this day. Thank you, Dan Seals, for the words.
Sarah Willett
February 7, 2019
Wade Giffin
January 21, 2019
Dan seals was such an amazing communicator through his music. My husband and I love his music and miss him dearly
Maggie Colan
January 20, 2019
Dan will always live on through his music which communicated traditional values.
So missed
R. I.P.
Richard Colan
January 11, 2019
God bless rip you are pure gold
Ann Depriest
January 8, 2019
So sorry meet him in person A really nice guy
Ruthie Farnsworth
November 11, 2018
You surely will be missed you music touched me in my heart and in my soul God bless you
Keith Simpson
November 2, 2018
He will be missed love his songs to his family sorry for your loss
F Allen
November 2, 2018
But, oh , today I thought about you and the way you used to ride out...
Elizabeth Loper
October 12, 2018
I listen, i love, i share his beutiful voice to my grandchildren. Why because this is what i grew up loving ..
Dave Simons
October 1, 2018
September 9, 2018
Still listen to you're soothing voice and songs. You're still missed but so much alive in my heart!!!!
Sheila Psencik
August 11, 2018
So sorry to hear about your passing almost 10 years ago now. Love you dearly,
Linda Foster
August 7, 2018
"Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold" goes down as one of the greatest Country Hits of all time in my book, sang so fantastically well by Dan Seals. Just Watch Dan sing it live on You Tube at the Country reunion with a group of great Country stars appreciating Dans great voice and song. Always remembered. R.I.P Dan Dave J (Essex U.K.)
Dave J
August 4, 2018
Doug Belanger,
August 3, 2018
I heard a beautiful song today by you Dan Seals that brought tears to my eyes. I hope to always remember you in my own personal book of solid gold hits. Love you Dan, r.i.p
Janet Cannon
July 22, 2018
Your music saved my life. So many times when I wanted to end my existence, I listened to your music. Thank you for saving me.
Rest in eternal peace!!!
June 13, 2018
Laying in bed with my wife and got on YouTube to listen to some old songs , and Dan's song Addicted was right there , I started it and so many memories came flooding back ! I treasure your music , God be with you !
Ron Cartwright
June 8, 2018
Heaven's special angel
I will never forget meeting you in 1979. I remember we talked about fishing. You were so kind and such a gentleman. You will always have a place in my heart. I only found that you had passed away 3 years after. I couldn't believe you were gone. I know how much you loved God and I believe you are with Him, flying with the angels. RIP, Danny.
ej kelley
June 6, 2018
Everytime I hear your songs with John I cannot help but knowing you are in heaven Dan I look up to you in the heavens and want to say thank you for being a part of my life as I was growing up in the late 70s and 80s. Everyone of your songs had such an impact on my life. I miss your music. I know your up in heaven writing more love songs with Paul Davis. Rest Peacefully Dan and Thank you.
May 28, 2018
Mr, Seals,

I know it's been nearly ten years since you left us behind. I hope that your world is better that this one. I know that you made my world a little brighter throughout your musical career. You talents and gifts continues to bless me and my wife. I pray that your wife and children will be comforted, because the "time of loss" never truly ends. Though the world lost you, we had & continue to have a voice through your songs that you gave life to. Your relationship with music was very special, not many people have what you were blessed with.

You still move me!

May 20, 2018
Love & Miss your music, rip
Shala Stone
May 20, 2018
RIP Dan....
Vikki Middleton
May 12, 2018
As an amateur singer musician i have tried to sing many times " Everything that glitters is not gold " his ability to hit his high chorus notes were so natural that one day i finally realized something ... some songs were better left to be heard . I guess God really must be a cowboy at heart ... miss you so much ....
john sinclair
May 10, 2018
Miss you.
May 2, 2018
March 22, 2018
Awesome singer! You are sorely missed but your music lives on forever.
Tammy Jennings
February 24, 2018
Love his music & voice. He's another who died to young, love the "Old Yellow Car Song". RIP brother Dan.
Blue from N.C.
ed byrum
February 15, 2018
What a shame, the world lost another great talent. Heaven surely has a great band! Can not believe it's been 9 years!
Tim B
February 2, 2018
Was just listening to his CD today and wondered what happened to Dan. I met him twice when he was in Greeley, CO. I remember how good looking and tall he was - such a gentleman too! Sad to hear of his passing. Still love his voice - he will be missed.
Hazel Stephens
January 31, 2018
Sorry For Your Loss!
Thomas & Libby Widgeon
January 28, 2018
Miss you Dan your a great singer Rip Dan
Joann M Taylor
January 21, 2018
Wont you meet me in Montana ..Some day I will be there.Thank you so Much for all the music you Blessed us with. you Will Be Forever in our Hearts..Sing Good in Heaven to all my Friends that Have gone on ahead..
always a listener to your music ..srw
shelly Woodruff
January 6, 2018
You Are Love Dan❣You Were A Heart Throb To Many Of Us Young Teens &
Ladies ☺You Could Tell That You Truly Loved Singing & You Certainly Help So Many People Through Your Words & Music That Voice Was Like No Others
~Rest In Heavenly Peace Dan Seal~
Your Vonnie Travelstead
October 31, 2017
I listen and helped out with WDVR just up river from Trenton, NJ. I was saddened by Mr. Seals' death. I always loved God Must Be A Cowboy. I first heard that song at a Barleen Family chuck wagon in Colorado. I would love to play and sing that song with some friends. It would be a humble way to carry on Mr. Seals' music. Could anyone transpose the music to harp tabs? I am limited to playing by ear and numbers. God Bless Dan. Thank you for all the beautiful memories in his music. bryarbear@verizon.net
October 8, 2017
"Love is the answer," Thanks Dan. May you rest peacefully.
Paula Meyer
October 5, 2017
Did not know you were gone until about two weeks ago.
Have cried because you were taken away from us far too soon. Stan Malkemus 10/05/2017 Phenix City AL
Stan Malkemus
September 28, 2017
What beautiful music. Heard Meet Me in Montana on radio this a.m. and broke down crying on way to work. A true legend who sang songs that will never go out of style. I still hear Dan's music regularly on our Hank station 96.1 station here in Lexington. But this morning the dj indicated that the song was from the "late greatDan Seals". I can't believe it's been almost nine years since he left us for good. Miss him so. He was so gifted and so loved God bless yo and yor family Dan. You l left us way too early.
September 19, 2017
Holding back my tears..... I tried. Miss you much.
Sandi Snyder
Bossier City 71112
September 14, 2017
Meet me underneath that big Montana sky . . .
September 13, 2017
Still in love with your songs. God bless.
Tom Bakken
September 11, 2017
Miss your music sir. May you rest in peace.
Suzie Herrera,
August 21, 2017
Dan Seals beautiful voice still touches me very deeply and brings me to tears! He was, truly one of a kind! May God bless him and protect his family, amen!
Donald Mercer
August 19, 2017
Thank you for the harmony you shared with us in ever ballet you sang. Country misses you today, but the genre and your fans Rang On.
Michael Crim
August 16, 2017
I thought Dan Seals was one of the greatest singers of our time. The second that beautiful voice like velvet. Came on you knew exactly who it was. I miss that voice. I am so sad knowing that he is not with us anymore. His music got me through a lot.
Kay Boen
July 25, 2017
Dan was a very gifted and kind person. My wife and I love his music. For our wedding we finished off the ceremony with his song, "One Friend". We've been married for 23 years and the words mean more now than ever. We met him after he played at a hotel outside of Yellowstone National Park and he was so nice to us. He's resting now.
Oliver & Donna Valdez
July 18, 2017
Wow I hadnt heard he passed one of my very favorite artists i know his songs whos words touched my life from a very young age and carried me through into my adult life. Rage On everything that glitters is not gold. If I had only one friend left I'd want it to be you. After five generations of... addicted the songs of my life. His prophetic songs live in me and i hope it brings a smile to his face when I sing them off key.... God Bless you Cowboy!
andy mather
July 15, 2017
I'm sitting in my home office. Playing with my new Echo. Asking it to play my favorite songs from my youth. And though I couldn't pretend to be the biggest fan, your name always pops up when I want to hear my favorite songs I grew up with. I had no idea of your passing. Thank you and your family for all of the years you've been there for me to listen
July 9, 2017
RIP Dan! I love all your music. It will live on forever!
Bop will always keep me awake driving in the middle of the night. I drive truck long distance. God Bless
Stephanie Vaughn
June 29, 2017
Albert Norris
June 29, 2017
R.I.P. Dan. Just wanted to say that I too went to W.W. Samuell H.S. in the Grove area.
Albert Norris
June 20, 2017
"My Old Yellow Car" was my favorite
Doug, Bucyrus Ohio
June 18, 2017
May 14, 2017
I have beaten lymphoma three times but gladly would have given him one of my 'wins' to avoid the loss of this mega-talent, even though it meant my demise. Songs like "Addicted" and "Love is the Answer" and "They Rage On" are his legacy, they live on into the ages, just as he will through them. Love, Pain-freedom and Peace to you.
H E Sellman
May 5, 2017
"Meet you in Montana, Danny-boy"!
Monty Chase
April 29, 2017
Miss you...lots of love.
Cheryl Vidrine
April 29, 2017
I will always miss your bright smile and laughter. I will miss the sound of your wonderful voice singing amazing songs. Most of all the way you play the sax with such enthusiasm. More than all I miss you.
Cheryl Vidrine
April 27, 2017
Your music will always live within me. rest in peace my friend.
Doug Stephenson
April 24, 2017
I wish I had Dan Seals. I am a fan of "Every thing that glitters is not gold ".Monty Bilberry
Monty Bilberry
April 19, 2017
In the middle nineties, my wife and son and I saw Dan's show in Manitowac Wisconsin. It was a very good show and we all loved being in attendance. On the way out of the theater, we realized that Dan was greeting fans in a very long line. Well, needless to say, we got in the line, and we were the last ones in that very imposing line.
Long story short, Dan stayed long after the show was over and greeted and spoke with everyone who wished to meet him.
Needless to say Dan was very welcoming and gracious, and even took special care to greet my little boy and make him feel important.
We all felt uplifted after meeting Dan, because he made us feel like he honestly cared about us as human beings.
I have always felt that he truely practiced his faith and shared that love with everyone who crossed his path. JM
John Mulvey
April 7, 2017
He will live always in my mind and heart, loved his spirit and music , rest in peace forever and ever.
April 7, 2017
Dan Seals was a great talent . Still so much music we will never slow dance or bop to. Miss this music man.
Cindy Layfield
March 17, 2017
I remember listening to him when I was young. Loved his music. Was a great fan of Mr Seals He will always be in our hearts RIP.

IVETT Sagredo
Ivett Sagredo
March 14, 2017
Rest in peace, you were one of our favorite singers.

Adrien and Donna
Adrien and Donna Godin
March 13, 2017
God Bless you Dan.
February 20, 2017
Loved your Music Dan. You and Joh sang from the Heart
Joe Casino
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