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Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Nite Retro - Seals and Crofts

Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were both born in Texas. They first met when Crofts was a drummer for a local band. Later, Seals joined a band called Dean Beard and the Crew Cuts where he played guitar; later on Crofts joined the band. With Beard, they moved to Los Angeles to join The Champs. In 1958, Seals and Crofts toured with The Champs.

In 1963, Jimmy Seals, Dash Crofts, Glen Campbell, and Jerry Cole left The Champs to form a band named "Glen Campbell and the GCs" which played at The Crossbow in Van Nuys, CA. 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 a book by the same name). Crofts eventually returned to California to join The Dawnbreakers. However, The Dawnbreakers turned out to be unsuccessful. Crofts married fellow Dawnbreaker Billie Lee Day in 1969, and both Seals and Crofts were introduced and became members of the Bahá'í Faith.

After the failure with The Dawnbreakers, the two decided to play as a duo, with Seals on guitar, saxophone and violin, and Crofts on guitar and mandolin. They signed a contract with Talent Associates and released two LPs, which were largely ignored. The pair signed a new contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1971. Their first album with their new label was also unsuccessful, but their second album, Summer Breeze charted at #7 in 1972.

Summer Breeze


Diamond Girl

We May Never Pass This Way Again

I'll Play For You

Get Closer

My Fair Share

You're the Love

After a long and successful run of recordings in the 1970s, the two lost their contract with Warner Brothers and set aside music for a while. They held a short reunion tour in 1991–1992 and appeared at several Bahá'í gatherings. Crofts lived in Mexico, Australia and then Nashville, playing country music and making occasional hit singles. Seals moved to Costa Rica and has lived on a coffee farm off & on since 1980, and Crofts now lives on a ranch in the Hill Country of central Texas.

In 2003, Seals and Crofts reunited and recorded a new album (Traces) for the first time since 1998. Check out their official website here.

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Blogger kreiz1 said...

Outstanding post- appreciate the update on a fabulous duo. Though "We May Never Pass This Way Again" is a great song, it always reminds me of '70s high school yearbooks- it was ubiquitous at the time. That association is much like Fogelberg's "Longer" (another fine song)- which became THE standard for '80s weddings. Tunes, like actors, can be typecast, I suppose. Once Maureen McCormack played Marsha Brady, she never kicked the association.

title="comment permalink">November 17, 2008 9:25 AM  

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