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R.I.P. Dan Fogelberg
« on: December 16, 2007, 10:40:49 PM »

I wasn't exactly a fan, but it does seem kind of bittersweet that his passing should fall so close to the holidays ...

Quote from: CNN.com
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 on the singer's Web site.

"Dan left us this morning at 6 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 also for the engaging storyline.

Fogelberg's heyday 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, Wisconsin, 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.
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Re: R.I.P. Dan Fogelberg
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 08:55:44 PM »

Can I just say how much I hate "Same Old Lang Syne?"  For whatever reason, I hadn't heard it in a few years and it completely slipped out of my mind.  Now I've heard it twice in two days.  Ugh.

Although Dan Fogelberg always seemed like a pretty cool dude.  Big environmentalist.  I kinda picture him hanging out in the woods with just the perfect J. Crew sweater, enjoying nature in an extremely cultured way.

I don't know.  While he writes the type of sentimental crap I can't stand, those are probably also the songs that touch the most people.  I'm guessing that "Same Old Lang Syne," "Cat's in the Cradle" and "You Light Up my Life" have to be the most Long Distance Dedicated songs ever.  And hey, it beats the crap out of "Wonderful Tonight." 

So... good job, Dan Fogelberg. RIP.
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Re: R.I.P. Dan Fogelberg
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2007, 07:23:25 AM »

Someone should write a sad, maudlin song about his death.  Hell, he's probably got one somewhere in the archives.
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Re: R.I.P. Dan Fogelberg
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2007, 07:52:15 AM »

I'm in the rva boat... this sucks, as he seemed like he was a good, kind and responsible human.  I will not for a second miss the crap he produced as an artist.

Sleep well, Master of Sucky Music.
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