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    Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies
    Posted 3h 10m ago
    Updated 2h 14m ago

    By Ken Barnes, USA TODAY

    Dan Fogelberg, one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the '70s and '80s, died Sunday at home in Maine at age 56. He had battled advanced prostate cancer since being diagnosed in 2004.

    Fogelberg was a key component of the golden age of the confessional singer/songwriter, joining the likes of James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne and more in turning pop music's focus inward after the '60s' explosion of social commentary. He had started as a rocker in bands around his hometown of Peoria, Ill., but began performing solo while attending the University of Illinois.

    There he met a local booking agent, Irving Azoff. He and local band REO Speedwagon became Azoff's first managerial projects (prior to managing the Eagles). Azoff secured Fogelberg a contract with Columbia, but first album Home Free made little impact. 1974's Joe Walsh-produced Souvenirs, however, hit the top 20, thanks largely to hit single Part of the Plan, and Fogelberg embarked on a two-decade run that would include nine top-30 albums (including three that hit the top 10).

    His best-remembered songs include his biggest hit, the affecting ballad Longer; The Power of Gold, a collaboration with flautist Tim Weisberg; Leader of the Band, a tribute to his bandleader father, Lawrence; and the evergreen seasonal standard Same Old Lang Syne, which originally hit the top 10 in 1980.

    In later years, he ventured into new musical territory, recording a successful pure-bluegrass album, High Country Snows, in 1985, and tackling broader political, spiritual and environmental issues in his songs. His last album, Full Circle, was released in 2003.

    The most apt summation of his life's work likely comes from Fogelberg himself, when he said, as quoted in his online biography, "You've got to just follow your heart and do your best work There is no doubt in my mind or heart that everything I've done is exactly what I intended to do."

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Damn. This reminds me that I haven't listened to "Same Old Lang Syne" yet this season, which is a damned shame.

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Eddie Famous

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Wow wow wow.

We have one of his first (if not his first) recordings here are the radio station, on an album of artists performing at the (U of I) legendary Red Herring coffee house.

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When I was a little kid, my dad got me the 45 of "Leader of the Band" and we used to enjoy listening to it together. I should go search in the basement for that 45 later on.

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It just isn't Derby time without watching the video for "Run for the Roses" (that may be local station thing for all I know) that they show on Derby Day.

I guess Denis Leary will never get to file his lawsuit now.

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I did get to see Dan live...brought my mom, actually, who is a big fan, back in the early 90s or so. Good performer, and wrote a couple of really terrific songs along the way ("Leader Of The Band" and "The Power Of Gold" come to mind. Very sad.
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