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 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 05:35 pm
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A shame. His "Leader Of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" tunes were classics and definitely a different type of music.

NEW YORK (AP) - Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits ``Leader of the Band'' and ``Same Old Lang Syne'' helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

His death was announced in a statement released by his family through the firm Scoop Marketing, and it was also posted on the singer's Web site.

``Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side,'' it read. ``His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.''

Fogelberg discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. In a statement then, he thanked fans for their support.

``It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years,'' he said.

Fogelberg's music was in the vein of fellow sensitive singer-songwriters James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and was powerful in its simplicity.

He didn't rely on the volume of his voice to convey his emotions; instead, they came through in the soft, tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Songs like ``Same Old Lang Syne'' - in which a man reminisces after meeting an old girlfriend by chance during the holidays - became classics not only because of his performance, but for the engaging story line, as well.

Fogelberg's heyday was in the 1970s and early 80s, when he scored several platinum and multiplatinum records, fueled by such hits as ``The Power of Gold'' and ``Leader of the Band,'' a touching tribute he wrote to his father, a bandleader. Fogelberg put out his first album in 1972.

Among his more popular albums were ``Nether Lands,'' which included the song ``Dancing Shoes,'' and ``Phoenix,'' which had one of his biggest hits, ``Longer,'' a song about enduring love.

Fogelberg's songs tended to have a weighty tone, reflecting on emotional issues in a serious way. But in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1997, he said it did not represent his personality.

``That came from my singles in the early '80s,'' he reflects. ``I think it probably really started on the radio. I'm not a dour person in the least. I'm actually kind of a happy person. Music doesn't really reflect the whole person.

``One of my dearest friends is Jimmy Buffett. From his music, people have this perception that he's up all the time, and, of course, he's not. Jimmy has a serious side, too.''

Later in his career, he wrote material that focused on the state of the environment, an issue close to his heart. His last album was 2003's ``Full Circle,'' his first album of original material in a decade.

A year later he would receive his cancer diagnosis, forcing him to forgo a planned fall tour. After his diagnosis, he urged others to get tested.

Survivors include his wife, Jean.

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Shame he died so young....

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 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 05:50 pm
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The Power of Gold, great tune.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 06:40 pm
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My wife was once offered free tickets for us to go see him at Chastain Park in Atlanta (maybe 1997?).  We went, and after he didn't play "Longer" for the first song, we decided we'd had enough and preferred to go to my friend's birthday party instead. 

That said, RIP.

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