Danny Wayland “Dan” Seals (February 8, 1948 – March 25, 2009) was an American musician. The younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals, he first gained fame as “England Dan”, one half of the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, which charted nine pop and adult contemporary singles between 1976 and 1980, including the No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight”.
After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, he released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached Number One: “Meet Me in Montana” (with Marie Osmond), “Bop” (also a No. 42 pop hit), “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)”, “You Still Move Me”, “I Will Be There”, “Three Time Loser”, “One Friend”, “Addicted”, “Big Wheels in the Moonlight”, “Love on Arrival”, and “Good Times”. Five more of his singles also reached Top Ten on the
Seals was born in McCamey, Texas, but raised in Rankin, Texas to a music-oriented family. His mother, Sue, and father Wayland, an oilfield worker, played in a country band. He was taught by his father to play the upright bass, and his brothers, Eddie Seals and Jim Seals, are recording artists in their own right. He moved to Dallas as a teenager and graduated from W. W. Samuell High School in Pleasant Grove in 1966. He and classmate John Colley, who later changed the spelling of his last name to Coley, formed a group with three other Samuell students called the Playboys Five.
Dan first married his high school sweetheart Carol Bradbury, with whom he had two sons, Jimmy and Jeremy. The couple divorced in the mid-1970s. He then married Andrea Gilbert with whom he had a son and a daughter, Jesse Seals and Holley May Seals.
His cousins include country music artists Johnny Duncan and Troy Seals, as well as Brady Seals, lead singer of the band Hot Apple Pie and ex-member of Little Texas.
The Seals brothers (Jim and Dan), as well as Crofts, are members of the Bahá’í Faith. Dan’s childhood nickname of “England Dan” was given to him by his brother Jim. It was also Jim’s idea to incorporate the name “England Dan” into England Dan & John Ford Coley. The nickname was a reference to the fact that, as a youngster, Dan had fixated on the Beatles and briefly affected an English accent
Stones and Harbinger
He kept the name England Dan for his debut album, Stones. Although no single charted on the country chart, his first single ever as a solo artist “Late at Night” did peak at No. 57 on the US Hot 100. Otherwise, it was unsuccessful. His next album, Harbinger, was unsuccessful commercially. None of its singles charted, and he turned his attention to country music and adapted his style to fit country radio’s demands while still keeping his signature soft sound. He signed to Capitol Records in 1983.
1983’s Rebel Heart, his first album for Capitol, was much more successful than his first two albums. The first single, “Everybody’s Dream Girl”, peaked at No. 18. The next single “After You”, however, charted lower, at No. 28. “You Really Go For the Heart” was even less successful, but still managed to crack the top 40, reaching No. 37. The album’s last single, “God Must Be a Cowboy” was much more successful than the album’s first three singles, becoming his first top 10 hit in early 1984, at No. 10. The album peaked at No. 40 on the country albums chart, his first album to enter Top Country Albums.
His 1984 album San Antone was even more successful. “(You Bring Out) The Wild Side of Me”, the album’s first single, reached No. 9. The next single “My Baby’s Got Good Timing” became his first Top 5, at No. 2. In early 1985, the album’s third and final single “My Old Yellow Car” peaked at No. 9. This album peaked at No. 24 on the country albums chart.
Won’t Be Blue Anymore
His 1985 album Won’t Be Blue Anymore became his most successful studio album, reaching No. 1 on the country albums chart and earning RIAA gold certification. “Meet Me in Montana”, a duet with Marie Osmond, became his first No. 1 hit in 1985 and the first of nine straight Number Ones. Written by Paul Davis, the single won the artists the Vocal Duo of the Year Award at the CMA awards in 1986. The album’s next single, “Bop”, also co-written by Paul Davis, with Jennifer Kimball, became his first solo No. 1 and was named Single of the Year at 1986’s CMA awards. After it came “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)”, about a rodeo cowboy having to cope with single parenthood (written by Seals and fellow Texan Bob McDill)
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