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I haven't seen a post yet re: Dan's obituary so, thinking he deserved some recognition, I wanted to start a thread here. For those who may not know, he died Sunday, Dec. 16.

I'm really at a loss for words when it comes to describing the saddness I feel at his passing. I loved his music, it got me through many many rough times.

He will be missed.

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Thanks Rejuv, I checked a couple of times here to see if there was anything on Dan Fogelberg. It broke my heart to hear of his passing. I really enjoyed his songs and music over the years. I loved the song "Leader of the Band" I thought of my Dad whenever I heard it and after my Dad died the song really made me think of my Dad.



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So sad to hear of his passing-his voice soothed me through many rough times in the seventies too!

My two favorite Fogelberg songs- Longer Than and Leader of the Band, which is quite possibly one of the best songs ever written. period.

Just an added note: Dan Fogelberg died from advanced prostate cancer. After he was diagnosed in 2004, he urged all men to have regular and early prostate checks. This serves as a reminder of the importance of an early diagnosis.

I ask you, can song lyrics get any better than this?:

Leader of the Band

An only child

Alone and wild

A cabinet maker

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Singer/Songwriter Dan Fogelberg


Singer/Songwriter Dan Fogelberg

NEW YORK CITY, New York -- Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits, "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne," helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday, December 16 at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer according to a statement by Scoop Marketing. He was 56.

His death was also posted on the singer's Web site. "Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side," it read. "His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."

Diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2004, Fogelberg encouraged his fans to be aware of the disease and advised men to have annual prostate examinations. In a statement then, he thanked fans for their support: "It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years. . . . I thank you from the very depths of my heart."


The many faces of Dan Fogelberg over the years

Fogelberg's popularity was in the 1970s and early '80s, when he scored several platinum and multi-platinum records fueled by such hits as "The Power of Gold" and "Leader of the Band," a touching tribute he wrote to his father, a bandleader. Fogelberg put out his first album in 1972 with three of his albums going platinum and five multi-platinum.

Fogelberg's music was powerful in its simplicity. He didn't rely on the volume of his voice to convey his emotions. Instead, the songs came through in the tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Songs like "Same Old Lang Syne" -- in which a man reminisces after meeting an old girlfriend by chance during the holidays -- became classics not only because of his performance but also for the engaging story line, as well.

Fogelberg was born in Peoria, Illinois, on August 13, 1951. His father was a band leader and his mother an opera singer. He played piano as a child and later began composing songs on the guitar. He attended the University of Illinois as an art student but dropped out after a couple of years when he became a hit on the Midwest coffeehouse circuit.


Singer/Songwriter Dan Fogelberg

Fogelberg moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and opened several concerts for Van Morrison. He signed with Columbia Records in 1971. He released his first record, "Home Free," in 1972, which was well-received by critics, but according to the reference Contemporary Musicians, was ignored by his own label.

After being dropped by Columbia, he signed with Epic Records. After joining Epic and coming under the management of Irving Azoff, his career began to flourish. His 1974 album, "Souvenirs," was produced by Joe Walsh and featured backing by Graham Nash, Glenn Frey and Don Henley. A single off the album, "Part of the Plan," went gold.

His next two albums, "Captured Angel" and "Nether Lands," went platinum and double platinum, respectively. In 1978, he collaborated with flutist Tim Weisberg on the album, "Twin Sons of Different Mothers," which was a platinum seller. His 1979 release, "Phoenix," sold more than 2 million copies.


Dan and Jean Fogelberg

Fogelberg's songs tended to have a weighty tone, reflecting on emotional issues in a serious way. But in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1997, he said they did not represent his personality. "That came from my singles in the early '80s," he reflects. "I think it probably really started on the radio. I'm not a dour person in the least. I'm actually kind of a happy person."

"Music doesn't really reflect the whole person," Fogelberg continued. "One of my dearest friends is Jimmy Buffett. From his music, people have this perception that he's up all the time, and, of course, he's not. Jimmy has a serious side, too."

Later in his career, he would write material that focused on the state of the environment, an issue close to his heart. Fogelberg's last album was 2003's "Full Circle," his first album of original material in a decade. A year later he received his cancer diagnosis, forcing him to cancel a fall tour.

For much of his career, Fogelberg lived on a ranch near Boulder, Colorado. Although he was a solid touring act playing to sold-out venues, he never relished life on the road, preferring home life.

Survivors include his wife, Jean.

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I had the great pleasure of seeing this man in concert once. As I recall, I cried because I didn't want it to end - ever.

My all-time favorite song is a classic for any lost love experience. He wrote it after going through a very difficult divorce. For me it was an exact capture of my feelings about my own loss. Makes me cry every time. Go have a listen.

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