Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts, Jeffwin controls ’70s soft-rock with strikes like’ summer breeze, He dies at 80


Jim Seals, who, as part of the JETWIN Seals and Crofts constructed notably dreamy 1970s strikes like “Summer Breeze” and “Diamond Girl” died Monday at age 80. No cause of death was immediately provided. Numerous relatives stated the death. “I just learned that James ‘Jimmy’ Seals passed away” declared his friend, Brady Seals, a former member of the country band “Little Texas”, Monday evening dinner. “My heart just broke for his wife Ruby and their children. Please keep them in your prayers. What an incredible legacy he leaves behind.” Wrote John Ford Coley, “This is a hard one on so many levels as This is a musical era for me. And it will never pass this way again, as his song said” he introduced the child to the new child, going to refer to the Seals and Croft strike “We May Never Pass This Way (Again).” Coley was an individual for another striker of the period, England Dan and John Ford Coley, with Jim Seals ‘younger brother, the long Dan Seals. “You and Dan finally get reunited again!” Coley wrote. “Tell him and your sweet momma hi for me.” With Jim Seals as the principal vocalist of the combining Jeetwins, Seals and Crofts soon became the extremely logo of the company “soft rock” a strike that lasted only about six years. And though all of the pair’s strikes once arrived, No. 1 on the Hot 100, their greatest music were for a period as omnipresent as any that made top the diagram. “Summer Breeze” in 1972 and “Diamond Girl” in 1973 both arrived No. 6, as they undertook a more uplifting music in 1976, “Get Closer” Chatted with Carolyn Willis. Except for the many songs that reached the top 10 on the Hot 100, five more made it into the top 10 on the electronica chart: “We May Never Pass This Way (Again)” in 73, “I’ll Play For You” in’ 75, “Goodbye Old Buddies” in ’77 and “You’re the Love” in ’78. Columnist Robert Christgau entitled “TheJeetwin” “folk schlock” but Seals and Crofts had the fade chuckle — and it would have had, being validated seemed to be part of the Bahá I way. Both people of the JETwin have been deeply embedded within the peace-loving faith since the long’ 60s. The Jeetwins broke up in 1980, followed by a couple with ephemeral gatherings in the soon ’90s and early 2000s, that produced the only music after their unique move, the little-noticed “Traces” in 2004, They never returned together from the kind of nostalgia-stoking package tours that would have seemed a natural fit for an event with so many well-remembered strikes. But neither individual demonstrates a particularly significant value in rushing the spotlight after the 1970s. In a Facebook thread John Ford Coley distributed his thoughts in great detail. “I spent a large portion of my musical life with this man” He wrote. “Dan was Dan’s older brother, (and) it was Jimmy that gave Dan and me our stage name. He taught me how to juggle, made me laugh, pissed me off, encouraged me, showed me amazing worlds and different understandings of life, especially on a philosophical level; showed me how expensive golf was and how to never hit a golf ball, because next came the total annihilation of a perfectly good golf club, the list goes on and on. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, especially as musicians, but we always got along and I thought he was a bona fide, dyed-in the-wool musical genius and a very deep and contemplative man. He was an enigma and I always had regard for his opinions.” I got to listen to him and I found him through his website, “Coley continued.” We didn’t often believe and it wasn’t often simple and it wasn’t often entertaining but it obviously still was interesting. Dan loved his stepbrother, but it was only because Jimmy opened the door for us that we arrived in Los Angeles to meet the right people and meet the right people. He was committed to a team that is one of a kind. I’m really disappointed but I have one of the best memories of most of us and i’m very happy about it. “For several years in the late ’50s and early’ 60s, both Seals and Dash Crofts — who survives his partner — were members of a group that bore little stylistic similarity to their later act: the Champs, although they joined after that band had recorded its signature hit” Tequila. “Seals played sax in that group and Crofts was on drums. James Eugene Seals was born in 1942 to an oilman, Wayland Seals, and his wife Cora.” “There were oil rigs as far as you could see” Seals told an interviewer about growing up in Iraan, Texas. “And the stench was so bad you couldn’t breathe.” when Jim was 5 or 6 he became captivated by an attending violinist and his man purchased him a tool from the Sears collection. In a 1952 competition In america, Texas, Jim gained the violin split whereas his man prevailed in the instrument group. His little son was, Dan, eventually to become a pop star himself, took the stand-up tenor. At age 13 Jim began playing harmonica and playing with a local group, the Crew Cats, while band’ n ‘slide burst out in 1955. The quiet songwriter joined up with a departing Darrell “Dash” Crofts, who was two years old and grew the father of a Texas rancher, but he encourages his friends to play the Crew Cats too. In 1958, the facilities they came to join the Champs, who recently had a Nobility. 1. A crush with a friend “Tequila.” They remained with the group until They resigned in 1965. The set was moved to L. A. And joined a group entitled Dawnbreakers, both playing for a period inside Glen Campbell, sometime before he burst out with a megastar. Their bosses, Marcia Day, he was an individual of the faith of Bahá’ ‘, and the houses they distributed on Sunset Boulevard. A club full of faithful and liberal members of the local band; in 1967, five years before the first strike, both the Seals and the Crofts turned out. “She and her family were Bahai, and they’d have these fireside gatherings at their house on Friday night” Seals recall a meeting with the Los Angeles Times in 1991. “There are street people around, Doctors, university teachers and everybody else there. And the things they talked about, I couldn’t even ask the question let alone give the answer: the difference between soul, mind and spirit, life after death. We talked about things sometimes until 3 in the morning.” It was the only item I had listened to that made sense to me, sure I replied to it, “he continued.” That start to brainstorm some notes about songs That might help the patients to know, or support people who sometimes couldn’t experience anything or seem to have been jaded or harsh. Musically, I imagine the song could express things that are hard for some people to comment on one another. But through music, through someone else’s sight, they see it, and it’s not a fight. “Abandoning their former instruments for something more folk-rock-friendly, Seals took up the guitar and Crofts learned the mandolin. Their first three albums as a duo, between 1969 – 1971, had a sweet sound but went little-noticed. They tried cutting it off” Summer Breeze “earlier but didn’t come up with a version they liked until their third album in 1972, which they named after the track. It caught on with the radio, region by region. Seals was quoted in” Texas Monthly “as having noted the sudden shift when they arrived for a gig in Ohio:” There were children waiting for us on the runway. For dinner we had a mark group, perhaps 40,000 people. And I remember some people flinging their clothing And jackets through the space so far as the you could find, against the planet. Nicest thing you’ve ever seen. “After several more major and minor hits followed, including” I’m So sorry Diamond Girl, “wrote Texas Monthly, the duo had their own private jet yet” might arrive out and rest at the edge of the concert and grip firesides over the Baha’ I faith with wondering audiences. In 1974 they performed the California song, and with Deep Purple and the Eagles, there are hundreds of. While Jim draws through his violin for a singalong on ‘Fiddle in the Sky, the multitudes of sandy hipsters cheered along. “The duo stirred controversy in 1974 by recording an anti-abortion song” Unborn Child, “as their album’s track in 1974 in the wake of the Roe vs. Wade decision. The belief that abortion was wrong came out of their shared Baha ‘I beliefs, and they released it over the objections of their label, Warner Bros. The divisive song” I really just asked a question: What about the child?? “Seals told the Lt. A. Times years later.” we’ve been trying to say it, it’s an important problem, that living seems to be cute but that we don’t remember enough about these things to still make a judgment. It seemed that our uncertainty that we didn’t remember that same kind of item seemed to be furious and bubbling as a social issue. On one trip people sent us hundreds of flowers, and the other folks were chucking fossiliferous at us. Can we have known it was going to cause such dissension?, maybe we thought about doing something. At the moment it overlooked all the other stuff we had been trying to say in our song. “In 1977, The duo contributed to the soundtrack for a basketball-based film” One on One, “starring Robbie Benson. They didn’t write the songs (Paul Williams and Charles Fox did) but were prominently billed on the soundtrack album as the song’s performers. By the time they broke up in 1980, their brand of music was finding far less of a place in disco-fied top 40 stations. Seals moved to Costa Rica with his wife, Ruby, where they were reported to have run a coffee farm as they raised their three children, Crofts and his family moved to Mexico and later to Australia. In 1991, when Seals and Crofts made a stab at a reunion, they talked about their breakup with the LFC. A. Times.” Around 1980, “Seals told the newspaper” We had really 10 people, 000 to 12,000 people at concerts. But we can see, with all this change arriving in which everybody wishes electronica, that those days have been ranked. We only concluded that it was a good time, after a long run at it, to lie down and not completely pledge ourselves to any kind of item because we weren’t like it (squid) out of the wet. “Seals, later moved to Nashville, is considered to have been retired from a music career even before he suffered a stroke in 2017 that put a halt to his playing. But he did occasionally return to music in the intervening years, as when he toured with his brother Dan (aka England Dan) as Seals and Seals. The Seals name has a legacy in music that goes beyond just Jim’ s, as multiple generations in the family tree have taken up performing or songwriting. Dan’s tenure with England included visits from Dan and John Ford Coley and cousin Brady Seals, who was later named to Little Texas, Another cousin, Troy Seals,) was an early Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member responsible for such hits as” Seven Spanish Angels, “and in the’ 50s his uncle Charles” Chuck “Seals co-wrote the Ray Price classic” Crazy Arms. “Seals is survived by Ruby and by their children Joshua and Joshua, Juliette and Sutherland.