"Summer Breeze": Musician Jim Seals is dead

Two-part vocals, sparse instrumentation and a gentle sound - these are the trademarks of Seals.

"Summer Breeze": Musician Jim Seals is dead

Two-part vocals, sparse instrumentation and a gentle sound - these are the trademarks of Seals

James "Jim" Eugene Seals vom Softrock-Duo Seals

The duo was particularly successful in the 1970s. Jim Seals and Dash Crofts' best-known hit, which many may still remember today, was "Summer Breeze" (1972). More hits on the charts followed with songs like "Diamond Girl" (1973) and "Get Closer" (1976).

In 1980, the two turned their backs on the music business and released their last album, "The Longest Road". Seals moved to a coffee farm in Costa Rica, but has also lived in Nashville and southern Florida. In 1991, Seals celebrated

US singer John Ford Coley, who worked closely with the duo, published a moving obituary for Jim Seals on Facebook. "I've spent a huge part of my musical life with this man. We've toured together, he and Dash invited us to play on Seals-

Among other things, Jim Seals "taught him how to juggle, made me laugh, teased me, encouraged me, showed me amazing worlds and different perspectives on life," says Coley. The two "did not always agree", but it was "always entertaining". Jim Seals was a "musical genius" and a "very deep and thoughtful man". "I'm very sad but I have some of the best memories of all of us together. Rest in peace Jimmy. You and Dan will finally be reunited," Coley wrote.

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