Sunday, February 02, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Dan Fogelberg

Artist:Dan Fogelberg
Song:Same Auld Lang Syne
Album:The Very Best Of Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg was a very successful singer songwriter in the 70s and 80s mostly as an album artist and on Adult Contemporary radio. But he had four top ten pop hit singles including Same Auld Lang Syne in 1981. He was born Aug. 13, 1951 in Peoria, IL. His father was a high school band director and his mother was a classically trained pianist. He was in bands as a teen and one of those bands, The Coachmen, released a couple of singles in 1967. He continued to play while in college. And after recording a solo album in 1971, he was discovered by Irving Azoff and signed to Full Moon Records. He went to Nashville and started having some success with the 1974 album Souvenirs. He had a couple of hit singles but most of his success was as an album artist. The 1981 album The Innocent Age was probably Fogelberg's most successful album. Same Auld Lang Syne reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of four hit singles from that album. Fogelberg said he wrote the song after encountering an old girlfriend on a trip home to Peoria to visit his parents for Christmas. The sax solo at the end of the song is by Michael Brecker. The song has become a Christmas perennial. By the late 80s, Fogelberg faded and he left Full Moon in 1993. But he continued to be a very strong live draw until his death from cancer on Dec. 16, 2007 at age 56. You can get all of Fogelberg's hits on this budget comp. Here's Dan Fogelberg performing Same Auld Lang Syne at the Fox Theater in St. Louis 1991 from the DVD Welcome To The West.

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea Dan Fogelberg died of cancer in 2007. I am very sad to hear of this. I know I enjoyed some of his songs growing up in the 80's. 56 is way to young to die. Rest in Peace Mr. Fogelberg.