R.I.P. "England" Dan Seals

I didn't know until he died Wednesday that "England" Dan Seals was originally from the tiny, remote West Texas oilfield outpost where my father was born, McCamey. A country singer by predisposition, Seals went on to pop fame as part of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley in the mid-'70s, with hits like "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" and "Nights Are Forever."

Make-out music in the extreme, there's almost no way to tell how many marriages and babies are bound up forever in the syrupy-smooth pop sound of those two singles.

After parting with Coley, Seals, who died in Nashville from a two-year bout with lymphoma, had a successful country music career with hits like "Bop," "Love On Arrival," "You Still Move Me" and Marie Osmond duet "Meet Me In Montana." Seals' brother Jim was part of Seals and Croft, whose pop hits like "Hummingbird" and "Summer Breeze" have become soft-rock/oldies radio staples and can often be heard whenever Peter & James perform at the Big Top.

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