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Seals and Crofts were an American
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duo made up of James Eugene "Jim" Seals (born October 17, 1941) and Darrell George "Dash" Crofts (born August 14, 1938). They are best known for their hits " Summer Breeze" (1972), " Diamond Girl" (1973), and " Get Closer" (1976), each of which peaked at No. 6 on the
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chart. Both members have long been public advocates of the
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. Though the duo disbanded in 1980, they reunited briefly in 1991–1992, and again in 2004, when they released their final album, ''Traces''.


Early careers

Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were both born in
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, Seals in Sidney and Crofts in
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. They first met when Crofts was a drummer for a local band. Later, Seals joined an outfit called Dean Beard and the Crew Cats, in which he played sax; later on, Crofts joined Seals in the band. With Beard, they moved to Los Angeles to join
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, but the two did so only after the group's "
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" reached No. 1 in 1958. Seals also spent time during 1959 in the touring band of
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. Seals had a composition ("It's Never Too Late") recorded by
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in 1961, which featured as the
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of her U.S. ''Billboard'' No. 6 single, " You Can Depend on Me". "It's Never Too Late" nevertheless reached No. 101 on ''Billboard'' and No. 100 on ''Cash Box'' (week ending April 8, 1961) in its own right. In the UK, the sides were switched when the single was released, but the single failed to make the UK Singles Chart (at that time only a Top 50 listing). By 1963, Seals, Crofts,
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and
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left the Champs to form a band named Glen Campbell and the GCs, which played at The Crossbow in
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, California. The band only lasted a couple of years before the members went their separate ways. Crofts returned to Texas and Seals joined a band named the Dawnbreakers (a reference to ''
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'', a book about the beginnings of the Baha'i Faith). Crofts eventually returned to California to team up with Jim again, in the Dawnbreakers, and thus both Seals and Crofts were introduced to and became members of the
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. After becoming longtime adherents of Baha'i, a number of their songs began to include references to and passages from Baha'i scriptures. When they appeared in concert, they often remained on stage after the performance to talk about the faith, while local Baha'is passed out literature to anyone interested.


As Seals and Crofts

After the failure of The Dawnbreakers, the two decided to play as a duo, with Seals on guitar, saxophone and violin and Crofts on guitar and
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. They signed a contract with the record division of
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(TA) in 1969 and released two LPs, of which only the second reached the ''Billboard'' 200 chart, peaking at No. 122 in October 1970. Crofts married fellow Dawnbreaker Billie Lee Day in 1969 and Seals married Ruby Jean Anderson in 1970. The pair signed a new contract with Warner Bros. Records in August 1971. Their first album with their new label did not break into the charts but their second album '' Summer Breeze'' charted at No. 7 in 1972. The record sold over one million copies and was awarded a
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by the R.I.A.A. in December 1972. In 1973 Warner Brothers released '' Diamond Girl''. The album, also a gold seller, was the peak of their success. The title song reached No. 6 on the charts in July 1973 and was followed by "
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", which topped out at No. 21. The controversial ''
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'' followed in 1974. Written shortly after '' Roe v. Wade'', Seals & Crofts expressed their anti-abortion position in the title song, which created a huge dilemma for radio stations. Some stations banned it while others played it repeatedly. The album still went gold despite the controversy and the lack of a Top 40 hit. The duo played at the
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festival in
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, on April 6, 1974. Attracting over 200,000 fans, the concert put them alongside 1970s acts such as
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; and Rare Earth. Portions of the show were telecast on
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Television in the US, exposing the duo to a wider audience. 1975's '' I'll Play for You'' was a gold seller as well, featuring the No. 18 hit title track, and their multi-platinum selling ''
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'', released later the same year, was their most successful album. The duo then had a strong return to the charts with the song " Get Closer", the title track from their 1976 album. Carolyn Willis (from the R&B vocal group
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) sang the bridge and it peaked at No. 6 in July of that year. Willis also joined them for their 1976 tour, which resulted in the live album '' Sudan Village''. The twosome also recorded songs that appeared in the feature films '' One on One'' (1977) and ''
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'' (1980), as well as the song "First Years" that was the theme song to the debut (1978–79) season of the television series ''
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''. 1978's ''
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'' featured the two branching out and experimenting with other types of sounds, including the
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influenced " You're the Love", which reached No. 18. But their gold selling days were behind them by this point. In 1979 they contributed to the album ''Lote Tree'', which was a narrated history of their
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that included songs by them and other artists. But it was distributed only within Baháʼí media outlets. '' The Longest Road'', released in 1980, was their last for Warner Brothers.


Hiatus and reunions

In 1980, after a long and successful run of recordings in the 1970s, the two were dropped from
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. As a result, they decided to take a hiatus from music. During the 1980s, despite no longer being officially together as a duo, they continued to appear at several Baháʼí gatherings, including a world peace concert at the Baháʼí Center in Los Angeles for the film and music community in February 1989. After this, they made the rounds of Canadian radio stations and some American talk shows to promote the Baháʼí Peace Document. Crofts lived in Mexico, Australia, and then
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, playing
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and making occasional hit singles. He currently resides on a ranch in the
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. Seals moved to
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and has lived on a
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farm off and on since 1980, as well as in Nashville and southern Florida. In 1991 Seals and Crofts officially reunited and made concert appearances once again until disbanding again a year later. In 1998 Crofts released a solo CD titled ''Today'', which contained some re-recordings of Seals and Crofts material. In 2004 the duo reunited again and recorded their first new album since 1980, released as ''Traces''. In the early 2000s up to 2008, Seals embarked on various tours with his brother Dan ( "England" Dan Seals, of
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), billing themselves as Seals & Seals and performing their successful hits from Seals & Crofts and England Dan & John Ford Coley, Dan's hits from his solo career and a few original songs written between the two brothers. A few shows featured Jim's sons Joshua on bass guitar and backing vocals and Sutherland on electric guitar. Seals and Crofts were instrumental in England Dan and John Ford Coley becoming adherents to the Baha'i Faith, some 28 years before Coley became a Christian. Dan Seals died of cancer in 2009. At the time of his death, Dan and Jim Seals had been working on songs together. The status of those recordings is unknown. In December 2010 the bandmates' daughters Juliet (Seals) Crossley and Amelia (Crofts) Dailey, along with Genevieve (Bogan) Dozier, daughter of Seals and Crofts engineer Joey Bogan, formed a musical trio called The Humming Birds. They released their
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ous EP ''The Humming Birds'' in September 2012. In 2018 Brady Seals (Jim's cousin) and Lua Crofts (Dash's daughter) began touring as Seals and Crofts 2, performing the catalog of Seals and Crofts, as well as some new music.


Discography


Albums

* ''
Seals & Crofts Seals and Crofts were an American soft rock duo made up of James Eugene "Jim" Seals (born October 17, 1941) and Darrell George "Dash" Crofts (born August 14, 1938). They are best known for their hits "Summer Breeze (song), Summer Breeze" (1972), ...
'', 1969, No. 64 Canada Jul. 1970 * '' Down Home'', 1970, No. 74 Canada Dec. 1970 * '' Year of Sunday'', 1971, No. 133 * '' Summer Breeze'', 1972, No. 7 (RIAA: 2× Platinum), No. 6 Can. Jan. 73 * '' Diamond Girl'', 1973, No. 4 (RIAA: Gold), No. 8 Can. Sep. 73 * ''
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'', 1974, No. 14 (RIAA: Gold), No. 18 Can. Apr. 74 * '' Seals & Crofts I & II'', 1974, No. 69 Can. Sep. 74 * '' I'll Play for You'', 1975, No. 30 (RIAA: Gold), No. 31 Can. Jun. 75 * ''
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'', 1975, No. 11 (RIAA: 2× Platinum), No. 8 Can. Jan. 76 * '' Get Closer'', 1976, No. 37 (RIAA: Gold), No. 25 Can. Aug. 76 * '' Sudan Village'', 1976, No. 73, No. 90 Can. Jan. 77 * '' One on One (soundtrack)'', 1977, No. 118 * ''
Takin' It Easy ''Takin' It Easy'' is the ninth studio album by Seals and Crofts, released in 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. It was their last album to contain any charting singles. "You're the Love" reached #18 in early 1978 and the title track reached #79 later ...
'', 1978, No. 78, No. 45 Can. Jul. 78 * ''Lote Tree'', 1979 * ''Collection'', 1979 * '' The Longest Road'', 1980 * ''Traces'', 2004


Singles


Songs in movies

* "These Moments Never Live Again", from ''
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'' (1980) * "My Fair Share" from '' One on One'' (1977) * "Summer Breeze" from '' Dazed and Confused'' (1993) * "Summer Breeze" from ''
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'' (2007) * "Summer Breeze" from '' Land of the Lost'' (2009) * "Summer Breeze" from ''
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See also

* "England" Dan Seals, Jim Seals' brother, was also a successful
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, first in the pop duo
England Dan & John Ford Coley England Dan & John Ford Coley were an American soft rock duo composed of Dan Seals, Danny Wayland "England Dan" Seals and John Ford Coley, John Edward "John Ford" Coley, active throughout the 1970s. Native Texas, Texans, they are best known for t ...
, and later as a country music artist. *
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, country music artist, a cousin of Jim Seals. *
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, a cousin of Jim Seals,
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of the country groups Little Texas and
Hot Apple Pie Hot Apple Pie was an American country music band founded in 2002 by Brady Seals (lead vocals), Keith Horne (bass guitar), Trey Landry (Drum kit, drums), and Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar). Matjeka was replaced in 2006 by Kevin Ray. Seals was initia ...
.


References


Bibliography

* George-Warren, H. (ed.) ''The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll'', 3rd ed., Fireside, New York, 2001. * Landau, Deborah
"Introducing Seals and Crofts"
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'', January 1971.


External links


Official website


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