Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dan Seals — 1948-2009

Dan Seals, known in his pop career as England Dan and who teamed with John Ford Coley for a couple of great hits in the 1970’s, has died.

Mr. Seals’s first widespread success as a performer came with the smooth-voiced harmonies of England Dan and John Ford Coley. Their first single, “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” reached No. 2 on the pop charts in 1976. The duo had eight more light-rock hits over the next four years, including “Nights Are Forever Without You,” which also reached the Top 10 in 1976.

Mr. Seals enjoyed even greater acclaim in the country field, where he had 11 No. 1 singles from 1985 to 1990. His 1985 hit “Bop,” which crossed over to the pop chart, won the Country Music Association’s award for Single of the Year in 1986. “Meet Me in Montana,” a duet with Marie Osmond, also won honors at the Country Music Association Awards that year.

In the video for his 1989 single “They Rage On,” Mr. Seals, whose Bahai faith taught tolerance and unity, addressed prejudice by depicting an interracial relationship.

He is survived by his family, including his brother Jim, who also had a career in pop music in the 1970’s as part of Seals & Crofts.

Rest in peace, Dan, and thanks for a song that was very special to me back in 1976.