One half of the ’70s rock duo Seals and Crofts is owned by Jim Seals Die He is 80 years old, according to his family.
Seals, along with music partner Darrell “Dash” Crofts, is best known for songs such as “Summer Breeze”, “Diamond Girl” and “Get Closer”.
Announcing his death on Social mediaBrady Sells, a relative of Sells – a singer and songwriter – wrote: “I just learned that James Sells is gone. My heart goes out to his wife Robbie and their kids. Please keep her in your prayers. What an incredible legacy he left behind.”
The musician duo — who met in their native Texas as a teenager — met in the late 1960s, according to British news agency PA Media. They ranked among the wave of soft rock groups of the era, including Hall & Oates, America and Bread, as well as England’s Dan and John Ford Cooley.
The duo separated in 1980 but reunited again in 1991 and then again in 2004, when they released their last album, Traces.
Cooley also used social media to pay tribute to Seales, whose music partner was his younger brother Dan. In a lengthy piece published for Facebook On Tuesday, he wrote, “Jimmy Seals passed away today. I’ve spent a huge part of my musical life with this guy. We toured together, he and Dash invited us to sing on Seals and Crofts records, and we played with him for years.”
Describing the seal as a “wool-dyed musical genius,” Cooley added, “He belongs to a group that was so unique. I’m very sad about this but I have some of the best memories of all of us.”
Steve Miller of Steve Miller’s Band tweeted: “RIP Jim Seals So long pal, Thanks for all the nice music. – Steve.”
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