Jim Seals of soft rock duo Seals and Crofts dies at 80

Jim Seals of soft rock duo Seals and Crofts dies at 80

Seals, along with his musical partner Darrell “Dash” Crofts, was best known for hits such as “Summer Breeze”, “Diamond Girl” and “Get Closer”.

Announcing his death on social media, Seals’ relative Brady Seals – a singer-songwriter himself – wrote: “I just learned that James ‘Jimmy’ Seals has passed away. My heart breaks just for his wife Ruby and their children. Please keep in your prayers. What an incredible legacy he leaves behind.

The musical duo – who met in their native Texas as teenagers – got together in the late 1960s, according to British news agency PA Media. They ranked among a wave of soft-rock bands of the day, including Hall & Oates, America and Bread, as well as England’s Dan & John Ford Coley.

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The couple separated in 1980 but reunited in 1991 and then again in 2004, when they released their final album, ‘Traces’.

Coley also took to social media to pay tribute to Seals, whose younger brother Dan was his musical partner. In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, he wrote: “Jimmy Seals passed away today. I spent a lot of my musical life with this man. We toured together, he and Dash invited us to sing on Seals and Crofts records, and we played with him for years.”

Describing Seals as a “dyed-in-the-wool musical genius”, Coley added: “He belonged to a one of a kind band. I’m very sad about that but I have some of the best memories of us all together.”

Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band tweeted: “RIP Jim Seals So long mate, thanks for all the great music. – Steve.”

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