Sunday, December 16, 2007

R.I.P. Dan Fogelberg

A wonderful talent has left the building.

Dan left us this morning at 6:00am . He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.

In May of 2004, Dan was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

Daniel Grayling "Dan" Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007) was an American singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose music was inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, classical, jazz, and bluegrass music.

Famed for the soaring vocals and elegant instrumentation of tunes such as "Longer" and "A Love Like This," Fogelberg, a native of Peoria, Illinois, broke into the music industry in the early 1970s, at a time when it was embracing introspective songwriting, or "soft rock," by such acts as the Eagles and America.

Fogelberg, who distinguished himself with his angelic vocals and lyrics that celebrated beauty and romance, hit his commercial and creative peak in 1981 with "The Innocent Age," which yielded three top-10 singles, "Hard to Say," "Same Old Lang Syne" and "Leader of the Band."

His most recent release, "Full Circle," came out in 2003. The following year, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, and urged men over the age of 50 to get tested for the disease.

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Highlight songs (album):
Changing Horses (Souvenirs)
Comes and Goes (Captured Angel)
Dancing Shoes (Nether Lands)
Hard to Say (Greatest Hits)
Heart Hotels (Greatest Hits)
Illinois (Souvenirs)
Leader of the Band (Greatest Hits)
Lonely in Love (Exiles)
Longer (Phoenix)
Make Love Stay (Greatest Hits)
More Than Ever (Home Free)
Nexus (The Innocent Age)
Old Tennessee (Captured Angel)
Part of the Plan (Greatest Hits)
Phoenix (Phoenix)
Promises Made (Nether Lands)
Run for the Roses (Greatest Hits)
Same Old Lang Syne (Greatest Hits) (surely to be played at many New Years Eve parties this year)
She Don't Look Back (Super Hits)
Song from Half Mountain (Souvenirs)
Souvenirs (Souvenirs)
The Power of Gold (Greatest Hits)
There's a Place in the World for a Gambler (Souvenirs)
Times Like These (Urban Cowboy)
To the Morning (Home Free)
Tucson, Arizona (Gazette) (Windows and Walls)

1 comment:

  1. another great loss of a talented and creative individual

    it is important for everyone to get checkups early, as this can be treated and beaten if discovered early