Dan Fogelbergis an American singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who produced songs that were folk, jazz, pop, classical, and blugrass in style. He was a very diverse person and was very successful with his music. He was born in Peoria, Illinois. Dan taught himself to play the Hawaiian slide guitar that his grandfather gave him and he also learned to play the piano. His dad was a band instructor and his mom played the piano. Music was in his blood so he came by it honestly.
Dan joined his first band when he was 14. The name of the band was, The Clan. The band paid homage to the Beatles. He joined his second band, The Coachmen, and in 1967 they released two singles through Ledger records. They were Maybe Time Will Let me Forget and Donít Want To Lose Her. Dan studied theater arts and painting at the University of Illinois after he graduated from high school in 1969. He played solo acoustic in coffeehouses in his area. He was discovered in 1971 by Irving Azoff. Together Azoff and Fogelberg moved to California and Dan played with pop/folk artists such as Van Morrison. He released his debut album in 1972 and named it Home Free and received a warm mild response. He made a second effort in 1974 with his album, Souvenirs, and it was much more successful. The single spin off from the album, Part of the Plan, made Dan a big star. This was just the beginning for Dan. After Souvenir, he released a string of gold and platinum albums and also made commercial success with songs such as, The Power Of Gold, The Language of Love, Lonely In Love, and Longer. In 1985 Dan recorded in Nashville and showed his bluegrass side of music. Vince Gill, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Chris Hillman, and Herb Pendersen also contributed to the album, High Country Snows.
Dan showed his personal beliefs in songs about social issues. These included peace and Native American concerns. He stressed his opinions about the environment and how to find alternatives to nuclear power. He performed at No Nukes concerts at the Musicians United for Safe Energy concerts in 1979 and 1980.In 2002, Dan was chosen as one of the first 10 inductees into the Performers Hall of Fame in Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.
In 2004, Dan was diagnosed with advanced prostrate cancer and underwent therapy and was reported to be in remission. His last solo was Full Circle in 2003. It is reported that he is leaving his options open but for now he is spending time with his wife, Jean, who is also a musician.
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