Sad news for country music fans: Daniel Wayland Seals, the Texas-born, CMA-award-winning singer who piled up 11 No. 1 songs between 1985 and 1990, passed away yesterday after a battle with mantle cell lymphoma. Initially known to pop fans as the “England Dan” half of England Dan and John Ford Coley, who had a No. 2 single in 1976 with the soft-rocking classic “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” he went on to forge an impressive solo career in Nashville.
Over 16 studio albums, the gentle, bearded crooner in the ten-gallon hat produced some 20 hits, including “Bop,” the duet “Meet Me In Montana” with Marie Osmond,” “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)” and “You Still Move Me.” Music clearly runs in the family: Older brother Jim was in Seals & Crofts, and several cousins are well-known country singers and songwriters. Seals’ final studio album, Make It Home, was released in 2002. Messages of condolence are being forwarded to his family at dansealsfanpage.com.