Jim Seals, of soft rock duo Seals and Crofts, dies at 80


Jim Seals, half of the soft rock duo Seals and Crofts from the 1970s, has died at the age of 80, according to his family.

Seals, along with musical partner Darrell ‘Dash’ Crofts, was best known for hits such as ‘Summer Breeze’, ‘Diamond Girl’ and ‘Get Closer’.

Brady Seals, a Seals relative, who announced his passing on social media, wrote: “I just learned that James ‘Jimmy’ Seals has passed away. My heart just breaks for his wife Ruby and their children. Please keep them in your prayers. What an incredible legacy he leaves behind.”

The musical duo — who met in their teens in their native Texas — got together in the late 1960s, according to British news agency PA Media. They belonged to a wave of soft rock groups of the era, including Hall & Oates, America and Bread, as well as England Dan & John Ford Coley.

The couple broke up in 1980, but reunited in 1991 and then again in 2004, when they released their last album, ‘Traces’.

Coley also took to social media to pay tribute to Seals, whose younger brother Dan was his musical partner. In a lengthy piece posted to Facebook on Tuesday, he wrote: “Jimmy Seals passed away today. I have spent much of my musical life with this man. We toured together, he and Dash invited us to sing on Seals and Crofts records, and we played with him for years.”

Coley described Seals as a “dyed through musical genius”, Coley added: “He belonged to a group that was unique. I am very sad about this, but I have some of the best memories of all of us together.”

Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band tweeted: “RIP Jim Seals So long friend, thanks for all the beautiful music. -Steve.”

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