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12-17-2007, 07:26 AM
I was so saddened to read that Dan Fogelberg has passed away. My teen years were spent listening to Dan's songs and Auld Lang Syne is one of my favorites - I just heard it on Saturday afternoon! RIP, Dan. :tombstone


Dan Fogelberg, easy rock singer, dead at 56
By The Associated Press
Monday, December 17, 2007

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 at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

His death was announced Sunday in a statement by Anna Loynes of the Solters & Digney public relations agency, and also was 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."

Fogelberg discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. 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."

Fogelberg's music was powerful in its simplicity. He didn't rely on the volume of his voice to convey his emotions; instead, they came through in the soft, 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 for the engaging storyline, as well.

Fogelberg's heydey was in the 1970s and early 80s, when he scored several platinum and multiplatinum 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.

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 it 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.

"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 would receive his cancer diagnosis, forcing him to forgo a planned fall tour.

12-17-2007, 07:51 AM
I'm with you HTG....You could always catch me singing along to "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" when they came on the radio....simple,classic songs.

12-17-2007, 11:33 AM
My favorite of his was "Power of Gold," personally, but I agree, it is a shame - only 56 years old.

12-17-2007, 05:56 PM
OMG - I was just shopping for one of his CD's for my Mother. That is sad.

12-18-2007, 06:16 AM
I am ashamed to say that I didnt know that Dan Fogelberg was a local....born and raised about 25 miles from my home city.

Dan Fogelberg, the youngest of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Young) Fogelberg's three sons, was born in Peoria, Illinois. After graduating from Peoria Woodruff High School in 1969, he studied theater arts and painting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he began performing as a solo acoustic player in area coffeehouses.

His father was a high school band director who spent most of his career at Peoria Woodruff High School and Pekin High School, and his mother was a pianist. His father would later be the inspiration for the song "Leader of the Band".

12-19-2007, 09:53 PM
Man, that sucks.

Did they play "Leader of the Band" at any of the Stargell tributes in 1982? I could swear they did but I was only 7 at the time so my memory might be off.

12-22-2007, 08:23 AM
I've always known who he was...The weird part was that I just started getting into his music over the last few months.

12-22-2007, 06:33 PM
RIP. Auld Lang Syne was a favorite, even though it was bit before my time. The SECOND I heard he died, the lyrics (brilliant!) flooded right back into my head.