Danny Wayland "Dan" Seals (February 8, 1948 - March 25, 2009) was an American musician. The younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals, he first gained fame as "England Dan", one half of the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, which charted nine pop and adult contemporary singles between 1976 and 1980, including the No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight".
After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, he released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached Number One: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop" (also a No. 42 pop hit), "Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", "One Friend", "Addicted", "Big Wheels in the Moonlight", "Love on Arrival", and "Good Times". Five more of his singles also reached Top Ten on the same chart.
Seals was born in McCamey, Texas, but raised in Rankin, Texas to a music-oriented family. His mother, Sue, and father Wayland, an oilfield worker, played in a country band. He was taught by his father to play the upright bass, and his brothers, Eddie Seals and Jim Seals, are recording artists in their own right. He moved to Dallas as a teenager and graduated from W. W. Samuell High School in Pleasant Grove in 1966. He and classmate John Colley, who later changed the spelling of his last name to Coley, formed a group with three other Samuell students called the Playboys Five.
Dan first married his high school sweetheart Carol Bradbury, with whom he had two sons, Jimmy and Jeremy. The couple divorced in the mid-1970s. He then married Andrea Gilbert with whom he had a son and a daughter, Jesse Seals and Holley May Seals.
His cousins include country music artists Johnny Duncan and Troy Seals, as well as Brady Seals, lead singer of the band Hot Apple Pie and ex-member of Little Texas.
Dan's childhood nickname of "England Dan" was given to him by his brother Jim. It was also Jim's idea to incorporate the name "England Dan" into England Dan & John Ford Coley. The nickname was a reference to the fact that, as a youngster, Dan had fixated on the Beatles and briefly affected an English accent.
Collaboration with John Ford Coley:
Dan joined with fellow W.W. Samuell High School classmate and longtime friend John Ford Coley to perform first as part of Dallas pop/psych group Southwest F.O.B. (Freight on Board), whose material has been re-released on CD by the Sundazed label. As England Dan & John Ford Coley, Seals using a childhood nickname he'd gained from his affected English accent and love of The Beatles They would have several pop hits in the second half of the 1970s. "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" was the pair's biggest hit, reaching No. 2 in 1976 and becoming their only gold single. Their other hits include "Nights Are Forever Without You" (No. 10 in 1976-77); "It's Sad to Belong" (No. 21) and "Gone Too Far" (No. 23), both in 1977; "We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again" (No. 9 in 1978); and their last Top 40 hit, "Love Is the Answer" (No. 10 in May 1979). After seven LPs, they disbanded in 1980 and Seals reinvented himself as a solo country-pop artist, signing with Atlantic Records in 1980.
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