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Seals & Crofts singer Jim Seals has died at 80 … crooner had hits including 1972’s Summer Breeze

Seals & Crofts singer Jim Seals has died at 80 … soft rock crooner had hits including 1972’s Summer Breeze

  • His cousin Brady Seals announced the death on Facebook 
  • His cause of death was not immediately announced 
  • Singer and musical partner Darrell ‘Dash’ Crofts formed group in 1969 
  • Duo had hits such as Summer Breeze, Hummingbird and We Will Never Pass This Way (Again) 
  • Seals ceased performing after he suffered a stroke in 2017

Seals & Crofts singer Jim Seals died Monday at 80, according to his cousin, country singer Brady Seals.

‘I just learned that James “Jimmy” Seals has passed,’ Brady Seals said in a Facebook post. ‘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 artist’s cause of death was not immediately announced.

The latest: Seals & Crofts singer Jim Seals died Monday at 80, according to his cousin, country singer Brady Seals

Seals and musical partner Darrell ‘Dash’ Crofts emerged in the early 1970s with hits such as Summer Breeze, Hummingbird, Diamond Girl and We Will Never Pass This Way (Again).

The group’s albums Summer Breeze (1972) and Greatest Hits album (1975) each sold two million copies at their time of release.

Summer Breeze was subsequently covered by musical groups such as the Isley Brothers and Type O Negative, and featured in films such as Dazed and Confused, King of California and Vacation, among others.

Seals was born in Sidney, Texas on October 17, 1941; his father Wayland Seals worked in the oil industry and had a background in music, according to Rolling Stone. Seals played the fiddle and saxophone and eventually linked with Crofts in a band called the Crew Cats. The pair were also in the band the Champs, famed for their 1958 hit Tequila, but didn’t play on the track.

Darrell 'Dash' Crofts and Seals were seen onstage in April of 1975

Darrell ‘Dash’ Crofts and Seals were seen onstage in April of 1975 

The tandem was seen in March of 1979 in Hollywood, California

The tandem was seen in March of 1979 in Hollywood, California

The musicians subsequently moved to California and collaborated with entertainers such as the Monkees, Rick Nelson and Gene Vincent.

The pair had their own musical group called Dawnbreakers and eventually established their tandem Seals and Crofts in 1969. After their first three records failed to resonate on the charts, they found massive success with their 1972 album Summer Breeze.

The group stood out with an eclectic mix of harmony, tuning and musical accents.

Seals in a 1971 interview described their work as ‘a combination of the Eastern part of the world and the Western,’ according to Rolling Stone. ‘We’ve had people from Greece, Israel, England and France, China, everywhere, listen to our music and say, “Oh, it’s music from the old country.”

The musical pair was seen in June of 1981 in New York City

The musical pair was seen in June of 1981 in New York City 

The group's albums Summer Breeze (1972) and Greatest Hits album (1975) each sold two million copies at their time of release

The group’s albums Summer Breeze (1972) and Greatest Hits album (1975) each sold two million copies at their time of release 

‘And it really seemed strange to us because we didn’t realize it ourselves until we started comparing our work with, for example, Persian music, which, when you listen to it, is really very close to ours. And we had no knowledge of this at all beforehand. So it’s just something that happened.’

As the 70s progressed, the group took on a more pop-R&B influence with their 1976 hit Get Closer, which turned out to be their last hit on the charts, amid the rise of genres such as disco and New Wave. Following their 1980 album The Longest Road, Warner Bros. dropped them from their label.

The pair eventually formed again for their 2004 record Traces, which featured new renditions of their hits.

Seals and his spouse Ruby had residences in both Hendersonville, Tennessee, and Costa Rica, where he had a coffee farm. He ceased performing after he suffered a stroke in 2017.

Seals is survived by wife Ruby and their children Joshua, Juliette and Sutherland. 

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