Dan Seals Dies at 61

Dan Seals, who recorded such No. 1 country hits as "Bop," "Love on Arrival" and others, died March 25 at age 61 after struggling with mantle cell lymphoma.

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Born in McCamey, Texas, Feb. 8, 1950, Dan first became known to music fans as one-half of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, which charted several pop hits in the 1970s, including "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" and "Love Is the Answer." Dan's brother Jim was a member of the pop duo Seals & Crofts. His musical family also included cousins Johnny Duncan, songwriter Troy Seals and former Little Texas and Hot Apple Pie member Brady Seals. Dan first charted as a solo country artist in 1983 with "Everybody's Dream Girl," and hit Top 10 for the first time with "(You Bring Out) The Wild Side in Me." He was part of the No. 1 country hit "Meet Me in Montana" with Marie Osmond in 1985, and won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award with Marie in 1986. Dan finally scored his first solo No. 1 in 1986 with the infectious tune, "Bop," which won the CMA Single of the Year award that year. His last No. 1 hit came in 1990 with his remake of Sam Cooke's pop song, "Good Times." In July of 2003, Dan and his brother Jimmy performed together on the Grand Ole Opry, and began to tour as the duo Seals and Seals.

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