Pop, country singer Dan Seals dies of cancer

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  1. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    Sad news. I really loved his song "Addicted."


    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif] 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.

    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]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."

    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]Seals' older brother, Jimmy, was the Seals in Seals & Crofts, who recorded the hits "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl" in the 1970s.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]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 pipefitter, 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."
  2. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    I never knew that.

    Sad news aboout his passing.
  3. lane

    lane The Chairman

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    same damn cancer that killed my father in law.
  4. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    He was a very nice man. I've had the pleasure of knowing him. He was one of the most gentile guys you'd ever want to know.

    Dan would probably like this tribute...

    From his song "God Must Be A Cowboy At Heart"

    And I think God must be a cowboy at heart

    Cause He made wide open spaces from the start

    He made grass and trees and mountains

    And a horse to be a friend

    And trails to lead ol' cowboys home again


    He finally took that trail home.
  5. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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  6. Jon88

    Jon88 Benched

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  7. dback

    dback Member

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    That is not Dan Seals
  8. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    That's just plain old Seal, aka Mr. Heidi Klum.
  9. Jon88

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    I have never seen a face like his.
  10. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    God help me, I loved Dan Seals. I think I was brainwashed by my parents. That album with God Must be a Cowboy at Heart and Meet me in Montana played over and over in our car when I was little. I think that cassette tape was played more than any other tape in history.
  11. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    They left out one of his best songs... "Everything that Glitters is Not Gold"... Mr. Seals recorded many great songs over his career and was known as one of the "good guys"...

  12. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    Per Wikipedia:

    Seal’s appearance is the classic example of a relatively rare condition, discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Seal has revealed in interviews that he was afflicted with this syndrome as a teen. A condition where the immune cells attack various body tissues, DLE usually affects young people. Intense inflammation develops in the skin, particularly in sun-exposed areas. If not treated aggressively with sun protection and anti-inflammatory medicines, scarring can result. Not only did it cause the cheek scars, but he had significant scalp involvement, causing hair loss. The singer's condition has been in remission for years.

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