Dan Seals


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

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I always knew there was something special and intriguing about you and your music and the so very special way you sang. And your sweet humbleness. You were one of a kind and I know you are with our Lord Jesus now. I always loved your Song, "Jesus Must Be A Cowboy at Heart" and I know he loves you, us cowgirls and cowboys, like you became. When it's my time, I know I'll see you again, as we look into the Face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest In Peace Dan... You are so...

Copied maybe but never duplicated. RIP and thanks for the memories

Love your song, "Everything that Glitters Is not Gold," but it makes me cry. RIP

I'm a R&B Funk musician and I loved England Dan and John Ford Coley's music !!! Smooth and silk ..... you guys had such and impact of me and that time period in my life. It saddens me greatly the hear of England Dan's passing. Even today when I hear their music and transported back and all those great feeling come over me again just as it did in the 70s. If that happens to me, I am sure it happens to tens of thousands of others as well. Please know that you have done your part in...

Dan made the world better even off stage. I was grateful to find that this man who had helped provide the soundtrack of my youth had a genuine love for people as well. I'm grateful for him and his music, and to his family for sharing him with us.

I loved his songs with John Ford Foley during the 70's they were the best. I was 16 at the time and my favorite was "I would really love to see you tonight". I live in the Caribbean had a huge radio and blasted their music all the time. Such nice soft music for impressionable romantic teens dreaming of life in California! I still love their music to this day. What a huge impact they made the world over!

I saw Dan perform in Dartford UK a few years back fantastic night his voice was unique I still have his music Sadly Missed

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!

Absolutely one of the greatest voices of "our generation", sadly missed but not forgotten Dan,