Jim Seals, the famous musician who was part of the American soft rock duo “Seals and Crofts” passed away on Monday, 6th June at the age of 80. There are no details disclosed regarding the cause or place of his death.
His death was confirmed by his friends and well-wishers who remembered the legendary musician in their respective tweets.
Social Media Tributes
Lorraine Hetu Manifold, Choir Director/Voice Teacher, said, “Who remembers the amazing group Seals and Crofts? “Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts, passed away today in Nashville. One of the most wonderful singer-songwriters of his generation who wrote songs like.”
contributed some of the most memorable songs of the 70’s. He was inspired by the Baha’i Teachings and expressed them in a poetic and enduring way. God bless his profound and creative soul.”
~ Jack Lenz
— Lorraine Hétu Manifold 🇨🇦🇦🇺🇭🇺🇧🇪 🎤🎶💉💉💉 (@ManifoldMusic) June 7, 2022
He added, “Hummingbird, Summer Breeze, We May Never Pass This Way again & Diamond Girl, contributed some of the most memorable songs of the 70’s. He was inspired by the Baha’i Teachings and expressed them in a poetic and enduring way. God bless his profound and creative soul.”
Jason Elias, Freelance writer, and pop culture historian said, “Seals and Crofts- They are one of my favorite acts, I have most of their albums, great work throughout. Jim Seals passed away in June 6th. I wrote about them for Rebeat Magazine a few years back and I had so much fun. RIP Jim Seals”.
Seals and Crofts- They are one of my favorite acts, I have most of their albums, great work throughout. Jim Seals passed away in June 6th. I wrote about them for Rebeat Magazine a few years back and I had so much fun. RIP Jim Sealshttps://t.co/mUY2gMn3rE
— Jason Elias (@Zebop) June 7, 2022
We will cover as much as we can about Jim Seals in our article today. Keep scrolling!
Who was Jim Seals?
Jim Seals was born in the year 1941 in Sidney, Texas. During the 1950s, he collaborated with drummer, Texan Darrell “Dash” Crofts, whom he first met for a local band.
The duo relocated to California where they started writing songs for other artists before they hit gold with their own music. The duo gained prominence for their superhit songs like “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” and “Get Closer.”
Seals joined a band, “Dean Beard and the Crew Cuts” as a guitarist. In 1959, Seals spent time in the touring band of Eddie Cochran.
Seals later joined the band, The Dawnbreakers, however, success was away for him. He then decided to back up with Crofts, where Seals was on guitar, sax, and violin while his friend Crofts was on guitar and mandolin.
Jim Seals Music Career
Seals was a former member of The Champs band who rejoined after the phenomenal success of their song “Tequila,” which also featured Glen Campbell. Campbell formed “Glen Campbell and the GCs”, which included Seals and Crofts.
The band’s second album, ‘Summer Breeze,’ gave the duo a much-needed big break. The album’s title song was at 6th position in the United States and 16th position in Australia when it was released in 1972.
In 1971, the duo then entered into a new agreement with Warner Bros. Records. Their debut album with Warner Bros did not make much progress as expected on the charts, however, their second album sold more than a million copies. The band was later dissolved in 1980.
Jim Seals was a strong supporter of the Bahá’í Faith. He was the brother of the late Dan Seals, who gained recognition as part of England Dan & John Ford Coley. Both brothers also went on tours as Seals and Seals.
Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruby Jean, and his three children – Joshua, Juliette, and Sutherland.
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