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Seals & Crofts’ Jim Seals: Dead At 80

Jim Seals, who, along with fellow musician, Dash Crofts created such memorable 1970s soft-rock classics as “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl” and “We May Never Pass This Way Again,” has died. He was 80 years old.

Announced on Tuesday (6.07) by several people, John Ford Coley, who formed the ’70s duo England Dan and John Ford Coley with Seals’ older brother Dan, stated:

“This is a hard one on so many levels as this is a musical era passing for me.” “And it will never pass this way again as his song said. He belonged to a group that was one of a kind.”

Seals and Darrell George “Dash” Crofts were Texas natives who’d known each other since their teenage years and had previously been in the Champs, who had a hit single with “Tequila,” and a group including Glen Campbell. They started Seals and Crofts in the late 1960s and over the next several years were among a wave of soft-rock groups that included America, Bread and England Dan and John Ford Coley.

Seals and Crofts secured three top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits: “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl” and “Get Closer” (featuring Carolyn Willis). Their other popular songs included “Hummingbird,” “You’re the Love” and “We May Never Pass This Way Again.” Seals and Crofts also released the controversial “Unborn Child,” an anti-abortion song that came out the year after the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and was banned by some radio stations.

Seals and Crofts broke up in 1980 but reunited briefly in the early 1990s and again in 2004, when they released the album Traces. Seals also performed on occasion with his brother Dan, who died in 2009.

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Author: Saul Goode

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