Dan Fogelberg Dies at 56

Dan Fogelberg, one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the ’70s and ’80s, died Sunday at home in Maine at age 56.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 and lost his battle on Sunday.

Fogelberg was a key component of the golden age of the confessional singer/songwriter, joining the likes of James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne and more in turning pop music’s focus inward after the ’60s’ explosion of social commentary. He had started as a rocker in bands around his hometown of Peoria, Ill., but began performing solo while attending the University of Illinois.

One of his best songs is “Leader of the Band”, which was written for his father Lawrence Fogelberg who was a musician, educator, and band leader. Dan was so gratified that he was able to give him that song before he passed on. In his final years he was interviewed many times by the national press because of it.

[source: USA Today]

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