Dan Fogelberg passed away. Dan Fogelberg died. Thanks to Linda who sent us a comment today on Westcoast Rendez-vous to mention us that Dan Fogelberg passed away. A very very sad piece of news by the way. Dan Fogelberg passed away at his home in the State of Maine, U.S.A. on December 16, 2007 at 6 am.
This is more than a sad information. We do remember all the magical songs Dan Fogelberg brought to his numerous fans during the seventies, eighties, nineties and since the beginning of the new century. An incredible voice for Dan Fogelberg and also a remarkable songwriter, guitar player, pianist, keyboard player, producer, arranger... From 1972 to 2007, Dan Fogelberg went from Folk Music to Pop Rock with a touch of Country Rock and a romanticism that is one of this finest music touch. Dan Fogelberg has been one of the major US artist in Pop Rock of these last 35 years. In AOR, Westcoast Music and Adult Contemporary, Dan Fogelberg has influenced a lot of artists.
Great producers have worked with Dan Fogelberg along his career (Joe Walsh, Marty Lewis, Russ Kunkel...), but also the finest musicians (Russ Kunkel, Michael Botts de Bread, Gerry Beckley from America, Mike Finnigan, Don Alias, Joe Vitale, Jeff Porcaro and Mike Porcaro from Toto, Charlie McCoy, Michael Landau, Bill Payne, Carlos Vega...) with incredible vocalists (Vince Gill, Jim Photoglo, Graham Nash, Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley from The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Chris Hillman, Timothy B. Schmit, the Waters family, David Crosby, Arnold McCuller...).
Death of Dan Fogelberg has been announced at first in the News section of his official website feat. a great pic by photographer Henry Diltz, a non-signed message:
"Sunday, December 16
Dan left us this morning at 6:00am. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."
In May of 2004, Dan Fogelberg was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. From this period, there was no news from Dan Fogelberg except his own message posted at his website in 2005 where he sincerely thanked his fans for their support messages and giving a health prevention message to men: "I encourage you strongly enough to get a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test EVERY YEAR".
At this hour, except USA Today, no US big media has informed about the death of Dan Fogelberg but we are sure that his death is going to have a big echo because of the number of the fans worldwide that love his music and not only his big hits "Longer," "The Power of Gold," "The Language of Love," "Lonely in Love," "Leader of the Band," "Hard To Say," and "Same Old Lang Syne" but his entire music career... Also due to the fact, Dan Fogelberg was an incredible artist on stage, that he participated to a lot of charities events.
We are sure that friends, fans and a lot of US, Canadian artists who have worked with Dan Fogelberg are going to give him a tribute or memory by words and music in the next following weeks. From 1972 to 2007, with 22 solo albums (including Best Of and live LPs) and 2 albums with Tim Weisberg, Dan Fogelberg has brought joy and smiles in this world from fans worlwide. It's magic and this is music... The show must go on.
Rest In Peace RIP
August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007
13 août 1951 - 16 décembre 2007
Some links about Dan Fogelberg:
Wikipedia article: biography of Dan Fogelberg
Dan Fogelberg official website
USA Today first article in The USA about the death of Dan Fogelberg: Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies.
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