Country-Pop Singer Dan Seals Passed Away At 61

Brody Vercher | March 26th, 2009

  1. Trailer
    March 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I had no idea Dan Seals was also “England Dan” till I heard it on the news. I enjoyed a lot of the former’s music, the latter not so much. Thanks for the FTM mention.

  2. Mike Parker
    March 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Love Dan Seals… His “Alone In A Quiet Room” disc is one of my favorite acoustic CDs.

  3. Rick
    March 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    My CD of the Dan Seals’ album “Won’t Be Blue Any More” is one of my prized possessions. For some reason EMI had just a moderate sized batch manufactured in Japan and they are rare. The LP’s are very common and plentiful, the CD’s not so much. I’m sorry to hear of his passing and am glad I made an effort to listen every time he’s been on the Opry the last few years.

    The last paragraph of the Ricky Skaggs interview at CMT.com is really interesting to me. Ricky’s output from the 1980’s is some of my favorite country music and I was disappointed when he went bluegrass full time. Now it seems he’s grown a bit weary of that as well and will be branching out again. Go Ricky!

    As mentioned above: OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS Debut Tonight! Also, I just want to publicly thank WSM for installing a new internet media player recently that sounds fantastic. The old player used so low of bitrate it sounded like the music was coming from inside a tin can! The new feed sounds great!

    Trailer’s “Badass O-Meter” is a hoot and I hope it is the first of many such “meters” to appear on Farce. How about a “Real Country Cred O-Meter”? I’d like to see where Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift would fall on that one….

  4. Zach
    March 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I actually thought the Eric Church video was a joke until it came together too well at the end..

    “Do you have any reels for this thing?”

  5. Matt C.
    March 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Wow. “Everything that Glitters is Not Gold,” which I haven’t heard in several years, has been randomly stuck in my head all morning. I just now found out about Dan’s death. Freaky.

  6. J.R. Journey
    March 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    RIP, Dan Seals. I was a big fan of his work as England Dan (‘I’d Really Love to See You Tonight’) as well as his country songs like ‘Bop’, ‘Three Time Loser’, and the duet he did with Tanya Tucker, ‘I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love’. The man made some great music for us to remember.

  7. J.R. Journey
    March 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Oh, and that’s an excellent interview with Ricky Skaggs – definitely recommended reading.

  8. frozenphan
    March 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I always teared up when I heard “Everything That Glitters…”. The first time I danced with my wife was to “Bop”. Great distinctive voice.
    61 is too young to die…..

  9. Joe
    March 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    “I Won’t Take Less…” was Tanya, Paul Overstreet, and Paul Davis. Dan’s big country duet was with Marie Osmond, “Meet Me In Montana.” Perhaps now someone (Capitol?) can release a solid greatest hits package.

  10. Taylor
    March 26, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Its sad that Dan passed away. He was one of the most under-rated and under appreciated country artists around. His songs rank up there with the likes of Merle, Conway or Buck Owens – still played on the radio today, still totally memorable.

    He was also a proficient musician – playing guitar and saxaphone.

  11. Ryan
    March 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Ahh this is sad =[ has anyone heard that song by Rascal Flatts called “Love who you Love”?? Thats a great song you guys should check it out

  12. northtexas
    March 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    “Trailer’s “Badass O-Meter” is a hoot and I hope it is the first of many such “meters” to appear on Farce. How about a “Real Country Cred O-Meter”? I’d like to see where Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift would fall on that one….”

    How about a “Pain-In-The-Ass Meter”? I can think of a few folks here that would show up on that one…

  13. Ken- ThatNashvilleSound
    March 26, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “RICK- As mentioned above: OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS Debut Tonight! Also, I just want to publicly thank WSM for installing a new internet media player recently that sounds fantastic. The old player used so low of bitrate it sounded like the music was coming from inside a tin can! The new feed sounds great!”

    I couldn’t agree more. I stream WSM at my work day and night and the quality is much much better. It’s still the widest range of country music styles of anywhere I’ve found on the dial anywhere and now it doesn’t have to sound like it’s old AM.

  14. J.R. Journey
    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I stand corrected, Joe. It was Paul Overstreet on the duet I mentioned with Tanya Tucker. Thanks.

  15. Kim
    March 26, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Today is a bad day in country world.

  16. Rick
    March 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    NorthTexas said: “How about a “Pain-In-The-Ass Meter”? I can think of a few folks here that would show up on that one…”.

    Northy, If I wasn’t at the top of that list, I’d be seriously disappointed! (lol)

  17. Rick
    March 26, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    The Opry Classics Show is well worth listening to. In tonight’s debut episode Patsy Cline songs were covered by Mandy Barnett, Lorrie Morgan, and Loretta Lynn. Chris Young sang the Marty Robbins hit “Devil Woman” and his voice sounded much stronger than on his own material! Chris can now sing Keith Whitley songs and have it fit perfectly with the show’s format. There was a touching tribute to Hank Locklin and the entire tone of the show just felt “right” for us traditionalists. I think will quickly become my favorite weekly Opry broadcast! Now if they can just keep a good variety of songs being sung, rather than the standard cast Opry Legends repeating the same songs week afetr week, the new Opry Classic show can soar like an eagle! (lol)

  18. Jessica
    March 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, just a shock with the news of Dan’s passing. He is one guy that I always wanted to see in concert performing live acoustically but never got the chance. I remember not too long ago hearing about the cancer but I’m surprised that he lost the battle. So many wonderful songs that take me back to certain moments in my life.

    Someone mentioned WSM…I have listened to it online for several years now especially at work. I didn’t get to tune into tonight’s broadcast of the Opry. Tuesday night Dierks Bentley played on the Opry and then was in the studio with Eddie Stubbs for a couple of hours. Granted the traffic reports get old running all the time but you pretty much know they will play a good ole Conway Twitty song or others that the other stations wouldn’t touch anymore.

  19. Paul W Dennis
    March 27, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Sad to hear of Dan Seals’ passing although I was aware that he was losing the battle against cancer. He recorded a number of fine songs and had a nearly five year run in which every song made it to #1 (9 straight, a #5 and then two more #1s)

  20. Tad
    March 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I think that Dan Seals deserves an article of his own. He really was one of the most dominant artists of the mid-to-late eighties. It seems like when Seals gets mentioned these days it’s as an example of the sort of artist that was swept away for the likes of Clint Black and Garth Brooks, but he really doesn’t fit that model. I mean, it’s a shame that “Bop” is his most famous song, because most of his singles are relatively stripped down for the era which they were recorded.
    Not to mention his most impressive material was either self-written (“You Still Move Me,” “Three Time Loser”) or written in tandem with Bob McDill (“Everything that Glitters,” “They Rage On”).
    I’m really sad about his passing (although, like Paul Dennis, I was aware of his battle with lymphoma for quite a while). One of the most underrated artists around.

  21. Guy
    April 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Dan Seals, rest in peace. You had a gentle voice and manner along with lots of talent that served you well in the music business.

    You made your mark; and it’s a classy one.

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