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Dan Fogelberg, Daniel Grayling Fogelberg (born in Peoria, Illinois on August 13, 1951) is an American singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose music has been inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, classical, jazz, and bluegrass music.

Fogelberg, the youngest of Lawrence and Margaret (Young) Fogelberg's three sons, learned to play piano as a child. Using a Mel Bay course book, he taught himself to play a Hawaiian slide guitar his grandfather gave to him. He started his music career at age 14, when he joined his first band, The Clan, which paid homage to The Beatles. His second band was another cover combo, The Coachmen, which, in 1967, released two singles on Ledger Records: "Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget" and "Autumn Leaves."

After graduating from high school in 1969, he studied theater arts and painting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began performing as a solo acoustic player in area coffeehouses. There, he was discovered in 1971 by Irving Azoff. Dan Fogelberg and I. Azoff, who started his music-management career promoting another Illinois act, REO Speedwagon, moved to California to seek their fortunes. Dan Fogelberg became a session musician who played with pop-folk artists like Van Morrison. In 1972, he released his debut album "Home Free" to lukewarm response. His second time at bat was much more successful: His 1974 Joe Walsh-produced album "Souvenirs" and the hit song "Part of the Plan" made him a major star.

Following Souvenirs, Dan Fogelberg released a string of gold and platinum albums and found commercial success with songs like "The Power of Gold," "Longer," which became a wedding standard, "The Language of Love," and "Lonely in Love."

His 1978 album "Twin Sons of Different Mothers" was the first of two collaborations with jazz flutist Tim Weisberg. "The Innocent Age," released in October 1981, reached the peak of critical and popular acclaim. The double album "Song Cycle" included four of his biggest hits: "Leader of the Band," a tribute to his musician father, "Run for the Roses," which aired during the 1980 Kentucky Derby, "Hard To Say," and "Same Old Lang Syne," based on a real-life accidental meeting with a former girlfriend. Two of his songs have graced feature films: "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler" (originally on "Souvenirs") can be heard in the 1978 film "FM"; and "Times Like These" from "The Innocent Age," part of the 1980 movie "Urban Cowboy".

In 1985, Fogelberg released "High Country Snows." Recorded in Nashville, it showcased his (and some of the industry's best) talent in the bluegrass genre. Vince Gill, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen were among those who contributed to the record.

In 2004, he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. After undergoing treatment in California (the artist refuted news reports that he received experimental treatment at Harvard Medical Center), Fogelberg announced on his web site on August 13, 2005, his 54th birthday, that his prostate cancer was now at "an almost negligible level." In that same announcement, he noted that he had no immediate plans to return to making music and was enjoying spending time with his third wife, musician Jean Fogelberg.

Dan Fogelberg "The Language Of Love" from his album "Windows & Walls" (1984):


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