JIM Seals of the duo Seals and Crofts has died at the age of 80.
Seals and Croft were a popular band of the 1970s that spawned hits like Summer Breeze and Diamond Girl.
Several family members confirmed Jim’s death when they left tributes for him online.
His cousin Brady Seals, a former member of country band Little Texas, said in a statement Monday night: “I just found out that James ‘Jimmy’ Seals has passed away. My heart just breaks for his wife Ruby and their children. Please keep them in your prayers. What an incredible legacy he is leaving.”
Jim was in the band with Dash Crofts, who also played guitar while singing vocals.
His cause of death was not disclosed.
However, in 2017 he suffered a stroke that brought his game to a halt.
John Ford Coley, who was in the England Dan & John Ford Coley duo with Jim’s brother Dan Seals, also released a statement.
“This is difficult on so many levels as this is a musical era that is passing for me. And it’ll never pass like its song said it would,” he added, referencing the Seals and Croft hit “We May Never Pass”. That way (again).”
“You and Dan are finally reunited. Say hello to him and your sweet mama for me,” he finished the statement.
He leaves behind a wife and three children.
THE BAND’S LEGACY
Jim was the main vocalist of the soft rock duo.
None of the duo’s songs ever reached number one, but they did chart on the Hot 100.
Along with Summer Breeze and Diamond Girl, some of her biggest hits include Get Closer with Carolyn Willis, Goodbye Old Buddies and I’ll Play For You.
Although some critics considered them a “folk-shlock”, Seals and Crofts were heavily influenced by the peace-loving faith from the late ’60s onwards.
Unfortunately, the duo broke up in 1980 but reunited over the years, spawning a 2004 reunion album, Traces.
However, they never reunited for a tour.
Before starting their own group, Jim and Dash were members of the group The Champs.
Jim played saxophone in the group while Dash played drums.
They played in the band in the late ’50s and early ’60s.
The Champs had a completely different style of music than what Seals and Crofts eventually produced.
The duo joined the band after releasing their biggest hit, Tequila.
Jim and Dash stayed with The Champs until they quit in 1965.
They then moved to Los Angeles and joined a group called the Dawnbreakers, which played alongside Glen Campbell before he became a big star.
Seals and Crofts formed their own duo in the ’70s and shaped the legacy of what soft rock is today.
Jim started playing the saxophone at the age of 13 where he played with a local band called The Crew Cats in 1955 and eventually also played guitar.
He follows a long legacy of family musicians.
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