The musical world is in mourning today with the news that Jim Seals, one half of the popular ’70s duo Seals and Crofts, has passed away at the age of 80. Seals and Crofts were best known for their hits “Summer Breeze” and “Diamond Girl,” but their easy-listening sound and sentimental lyrics resonated with fans across generations.
Jim Seals was a master of the saxophone, and his smooth sound was a perfect complement to his partner Dash Crofts’s guitar playing.
The duo were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and their music will continue to be cherished by fans around the world. Jim Seals will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on through his music.
About Seals & Croft Career
Born in Sydney, Texas, Seals first started playing along with Texan Crofts in the 1950s. In the year 1959, the duo were part of the Los Angeles rock band The Champs just a few months after that group had chart-topping success in the form of “Tequila.” During the early 1960s, Seals and Crofts played in Glen Campbell‘s backing group, The GCs prior to going their separate paths for a couple of years.
After a brief reunion in the latter half of the 1960s as a group called The Dawn breakers, Seals and Crofts formed the duo.
They released their self-titled debut album in the year 1969.
Their debut hit was “Summer Breeze,” the title track of their fourth album. Their top 40 hit song, “You’re the Love,” hit #18 in 1978.
The duo took an extended break after they were dismissed from their label the year 1980.
Seals and Crofts would occasionally get together in the years that followed and released their last album, Traces, in 2004.
In the early decade of the 2000s Jim was playing a band with his twin older brother Dan Seals (a famous member of the duo of the 1970s England Dan and John Ford Coley in order to perform shows together as Seals. Dan died from cancer in the year 2009.