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Dan Seals

After scoring several hits as part of the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, Dan Seals reinvented himself as a country-pop singer and enjoyed a tremendous run of success during the latter half of the '80s. Born in McCamey, TX, in 1948, his brother was Jim Seals, later of another successful soft rock duo, Seals & Crofts. Both brothers played with their parents in the Seals Family Band, with Dan learning string bass; however, after their parents divorced, Dan spent several years moving around with his mother. They eventually settled in Dallas in 1958, and Seals spent his teen years playing in garage bands, where he first met John Ford Coley. They worked together in a band called the Shimmerers, which recorded some demos in 1965 and became the Southwest F.O.B. two years later, scoring a chart single with "The Smell of Incense." Seals and Coley left to form a duo in 1969 and kicked around for a while, landing an early-'70s deal with A&M that went sour. They finally hit big in the late '70s, with soft rock touchstones "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" and "Nights Are Forever Without You" ranking as their best-known singles.

Seals went solo in 1980, signing with Atlantic and keeping the name England Dan for his debut album, Stones. In 1981, he underwent a grueling battle with the IRS that cost him nearly everything he owned. His follow-up album, Harbinger, stiffed, and he turned his attention to country music, adapting his style to fit the demands of country radio while still keeping his signature soft sound. Signed to Liberty/Capitol, he scored a pair of Top Ten hits on the country charts in 1984 with "(You Bring Out) The Wild Side of Me" and "God Must Be a Cowboy." "My Old Yellow Car" and "My Baby's Got Good Timing" had similar success in 1985, and his next single, a duet with Marie Osmond called "Meet Me in Montana," went all the way to number one. It also kicked off a spectacular run of nine straight chart-toppers: 1986 brought "Bop" and "Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)"; 1987 saw "I Will Be There," "Three Time Loser," and "You Still Move Me"; 1988 featured "Addicted" and "One Friend"; and 1989 gave him one more in "Big Wheels in the Moonlight." Not only that, he managed two more number ones in 1990, thanks to "Good Times" and "Love on Arrival." However, the arrival of Garth Brooks abruptly changed the country landscape, and Seals found his style out of favor. He moved to Warner Brothers in 1991, without much success, and despite releasing a few recordings on smaller labels in the latter half of the '90s, he was effectively a touring artist for the remainder of the decade. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Listening to Dan takes me back to old times. I'm bummed that I can't listen to my 2 favorites from him Addicted & Rage on. I would have thought they would have been on one of his greatest hits releases, but apparently not.
lcwb1
He was and is my favorite singer. I miss him so much! :(
Taking me back to my country roots....LOv E Dan Seals..
The song makes me very nostalgic... RIP Dan. He was a great country singer.
Dan left too early. He's still one of the tops on my list and I do a couple of his songs in my shows. Keepin' traditional country alive.
Garth Brooks, ptui!
rachel.e.bow m a n . 9 6
Why aren't all artists as great as Dan? love his music!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SONG
jonibindscha t e l h a l l
Love this song, brigs back GREAT memories!!!!
Great song, have liked this song ever since I first heard it
Love this song!! Dan was one of the best!!
I love this song RIP Dan......
nutty_buddy8 3
Dan Seals, along with Earl Thomas Conley, were a touchstone of my childhood. Every time I hear Bop I remember being 3 years old and playing on my bouncer. And I don't know if I could listen to One Friend, Everything that Glitters (Is Not Gold) or You Still Move Me as an adult and not choke up, not just because the melody takes me back, but because I can appreciate the lyrics and the pain behind them, now. Wonderful singer-songw r i t e r and an artist who left us too soon.
He was so awesome ! Gone too soon :'(
I haven't heard this song b4 but I like it
Vince Gill is the only worthy successor to Dan Seals in my mind. RIP Dan, we love & miss you!
miss you very much dear Dan
God Must Be A Cowboy....Su r e l y the most wonderful song. Love you Dan for doing that awesome song. The words mean so much to me. I sing it as I am trail riding and with my family. Miss you Dan
btorkornoo
RIP Dan
bradleykbern
rest in peace buddy ..your music lives on
And, Yes, Dan was great with England Dan and John Ford Coley as well.
Bop was a song I listened to on my 45 when I was a kid. It would be played over and over and over again. The whole seals family, Jim (From Seals and Croft), Dan, and Brady (From Little Texas and solo) were/are great songwriters.
I love Dan Seals, he's like the best. RIP Danny
Great music! I loved the Best CD 1987!
mikejdad
Love his sound and style. One of my favorites.
l.woltz0
I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Dan Seals live at the Saddle Rack, and it was such a great show. Great voice, great music.
i loved its lyrics...sup e r b heart touching
my mom and loved his music.rip Mr.Seals
gldnrtvr8
I had the chance to spend an afternoon with Dan in a small town in Alabama several years ago. He was an awesome artist. RIP, Dan. I know you are catching some big fish in Heaven!
austinmckaha n
http://www.f a c e b o o k . c o m / h o m e . p h p ? # ! / p a g e s / D a n - S e a l s / 1 1 7 5 9 8 6 9 4 9 2 8
A great talent taken from us way to early.
my favorite song, All that glitters is not gold. my favorite. Rest in peace dear man.
I loved him as "England Dan", and the country Dan. RIP Dan...thanks for the soundtrack to the memories of my life as a teen. I hope that you and Paul Davis are up in heaven writing some great songs together.
died today March 26, 2009. cancer
Dan Seals is so very good,never saw him in person but have heard most of his songs,he spreads his talents around and remains a great singer.was a great singer of Pop Songs when he was England Dan..WOW -JUST READ WHERE THIS TALENTED MAN PAST AWAY,SURE WAS A WONDERFUL SINGER AND I HEAR THAT HE WAS A FINE MAN AS WELL..VERY SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY,REST IN PEACE DAN..
Your the greatest country artist ever i love ur songs....

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