Dan Fogelberg Dies at 56: Music was Powerful in Simplicity

Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits Leader of the Band and Same Old Lang Syne helped to define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. Fogelberg learned that he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. In a statement then, he thanked fans for their support. “It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years,” he wrote. “I thank you from the very depths of my heart.”

Mr. Fogelberg’s music was powerful in its simplicity. His voice conveyed his emotions through his soft, tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Songs like Same Old Lang Syne, in which a man reminisces after meeting an old girlfriend by chance during the holidays, became classics not only for his performance, but also for their engaging story lines.

Same Old Lang Syne

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3 Responses to “Dan Fogelberg Dies at 56: Music was Powerful in Simplicity”

  1. bikini wax Says:

    definetly amazing stuff

  2. paula Says:

    he influenced my life…always rounded out the hard edges that life brings us all when we are young and vulnerable. he had a beautiful voice and wrote from the heart. always felt fortunate to have enjoyed his concerts here in the midwest. really very sad that he had to leave us so very early.
    very sad for his family too…

    godspeed dan…

    you might not be here now but for all of us hardcore fans…
    you’re always playing in our hearts and our souls…


  3. carol Says:

    There are not many chosen ones, Dan was one of the few. God gave him a job to do. Dan was a humble man and true to his beliefs. He never faltered in his mission. His music was sheer perfection. He loved classical music and wanted to do a classical CD, a big loss to us fans that he didn’t have time left to do it, and so many more. Thank God he was able to record so many masterpieces for future generations, for his music will live on for a very long time. I will miss him for the rest of my life. God bless you Dan.

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