Dan Seals, the former pop singer who notched 11 No. 1 country hits between 1985 and 1990, died Wednesday (March 25) following treatments from lymphoma. He was 61. Seals was one-half of the pop duo, England Dan & John Ford Coley, which earned a major pop hit in 1976 with “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight.” As a solo artist, Seals won a CMA Award in 1986 for “Bop,” the same year he and Marie Osmond won a CMA vocal duo award for their No. 1 hit, “Meet Me in Montana.”
Seals’ other No. 1 country hits included “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold),” “You Still Move Me,” “Three Time Loser,” “One Friend,” “Big Wheels in the Moonlight” and “Love on Arrival” — all of which he wrote or co-wrote with Bob McDill. His additional No. 1 singles included “I Will Be There” by Jennifer Kimball and Tom Snow, “Addicted” by Cheryl Wheeler and “Good Times” by Sam Cooke.
Other Top 10 singles included “God Must Be a Cowboy,” “(You Bring Out) The Wild Side of Me,” “My Baby’s Got Good Timing,” “My Old Yellow Car” and “They Rage On.”
Seals was born in McCamey, Texas, on Feb. 8, 1948. Although his father was an amateur musician, he played with country artists like Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb and Jim Reeves. Other musically inclined members of his family include his brother, Jim Seals (Seals & Croft), as well as his cousins, country singer Johnny Duncan (“Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous”), songwriters Troy Seals and Chuck Seals and former Little Texas singer Brady Seals.