Thursday, March 26, 2009

R.I.P. Dan Seals

I love Bill Crider like a brother, but I have to stop reading his blog. His latest entry brings the devastating news of the passing of pop-country singer Dan Seals, who died of complications from a long bout with cancer at the age of 61.

With his partner John Ford Coley, Seals—known as “England Dan”—recorded some of pop music’s most memorable duets in the 1970s, including Nights are Forever Without You, We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again, Love is the Answer and their million-selling smash I’d Really Love to See You Tonight. The two men disbanded in 1980, and Seals decided to try his luck in country music, cracking the Top Twenty in 1983 with one of my very favorites of his repertoire, Everybody’s Dream Girl.

When she walks in the room
Everybody gets quiet
You can see hearts start beating inside
And the way that she moves
You just can’t deny it
They all wish that they could hold her
You can see it in their eyes

She’s everybody’s dream girl
Everybody’s dream girl

Everybody’s dream girl

I’ll see you in my dreams tonight

Seals placed his first record into the Top Ten of the country music charts with God Must Be a Cowboy in 1984, and followed that success with fifteen other charters, eleven of which hit the top spot. They included Meet Me in Montana (a duet with Marie Osmond), Bop (also a #42 pop hit), Three Time Loser, I Will Be There, Big Wheels in the Moonlight and his last #1 in 1990, Good Times—a cover of the old Sam Cooke hit.

I have a great deal of admiration and respect for Dan Seals, whose perfect-pitch voice was behind some of my favorite country songs: Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold), My Baby’s Got Good Timing, You Still Move Me…and a song I remember more for the video that the actual tune, They Rage On—in which the touchy topic of interracial romance is approached (a young man is jeered at by his small town “buddies” for dating a girl with a darker hue of skin).

Seals came from an impressive musical background: his older brother, Jimmy, was one-half of another successful 70s pop duo, Seals and Crofts (whose hits included Get Closer and Summer Breeze). He was also related to country singer Johnny Duncan, who during the 1970s recorded several Top Ten and #1 hits, notably Stranger and Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous.

R.I.P., Dan. You’ll never know how much you’ll be missed.


Stacia said...

Goodness, I had no idea he was ill. Very sad news. He was a huge star when I was a kid.

Craig Zablo said...

What a nice tribute for such sad news.