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Seals and Crofts
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Seals (left) and Crofts in 1975
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Soft rock, pop rock, folk rock
Years active1969–1980, 1991–1992, 2004
Labels Warner Bros., Wounded Bird
Associated acts The Champs
Website sealsandcrofts.com
Past members
  • James Seals
  • Darrell Crofts

Seals and Crofts were an American soft rock duo made up of James Eugene "Jim" Seals (born October 17, 1941) and Darrell George "Dash" Crofts (born August 14, 1940). They are best known for their Hot 100 No. 6 hits "Summer Breeze" (1972), "Diamond Girl" (1973), and "Get Closer" (1976). Both members have long been public advocates of the Baháʼí Faith. Though the duo disbanded in 1980, they reunited briefly in 1991–1992, and again in 2004, when they released their final album, Traces. [1]

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Early careers

Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were both born in Texas, Seals in Sidney and Crofts in Cisco. They first met when Crofts was a drummer for a local band. Later, Seals joined an outfit called Dean Beard and the Crew Cats, in which he played guitar; later on, Crofts joined Seals in the band. With Beard, they moved to Los Angeles to join The Champs, but the two did so only after the group's "Tequila" reached No. 1 in 1958. Seals also spent time during 1959 in the touring band of Eddie Cochran.

Seals had a composition ("It's Never Too Late") recorded by Brenda Lee in 1961, which featured as the B-side of her U.S. Billboard No. 6 single, "You Can Depend on Me". "It's Never Too Late" nevertheless reached No. 101 on Billboard and No. 100 on Cash Box (week ending 8 April 1961) [2] in its own right. In the UK, the sides were switched when the single was released, but the single failed to make the UK singles chart (at that time only a Top 50 listing).

In 1963 Seals, Crofts, Glen Campbell and Jerry Cole left The Champs to form a band named "Glen Campbell and the GCs", which played at The Crossbow in Van Nuys, California. The band only lasted a couple of years before the members went their separate ways. Crofts returned to Texas and Seals joined a band named The Dawnbreakers (a reference to The Dawn-Breakers , a book about the beginnings of the Baha'i Faith). Crofts eventually returned to California to team up with Jim again, in The Dawnbreakers, and thus both Seals and Crofts were introduced to and became members of the Baháʼí Faith. After becoming longtime adherents of Baha'i, a number of their songs began to include references to and passages from Baha'i scriptures. When they appeared in concert, they often remained on stage after the performance to talk about the faith, while local Baha'is passed out literature to anyone interested. [3]

As Seals and Crofts

After the failure of The Dawnbreakers, the two decided to play as a duo, with Seals on guitar, saxophone and violin and Crofts on guitar and mandolin. They signed a contract with the record division of Talent Associates (TA) in 1969 and released two LPs, of which only the second reached the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at No. 122 in October 1970. Crofts married fellow Dawnbreaker Billie Lee Day in 1969 and Seals married Ruby Jean Anderson in 1970. The pair signed a new contract with Warner Bros. Records in August 1971. [4] Their first album with their new label did not break into the charts but their second album Summer Breeze charted at No. 7 in 1972. The record sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in December 1972. [5]

In 1973 Warner Brothers released Diamond Girl . The album, also a gold seller, was the peak of their success. The title song reached #6 on the charts in July 1973 and was followed by "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)", which topped out at #21.

The controversial Unborn Child followed in 1974. Written shortly after Roe v. Wade , Seals & Crofts expressed their anti-abortion position in the title song, which created a huge dilemma for radio stations. Some stations banned it while others played it repeatedly. The album still went gold despite the controversy and the lack of a Top 40 hit.

The duo played at the California Jam festival in Ontario, California, on April 6, 1974. Attracting over 200,000 fans, the concert put them alongside 1970s acts such as Black Sabbath; Eagles; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Deep Purple; Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Oak Arkansas; and Rare Earth. Portions of the show were telecast on ABC Television in the US, exposing the duo to a wider audience.

1975's I'll Play for You was a gold seller as well, featuring the #18 hit title track, and their multi-platinum selling Greatest Hits , released later the same year, was their most successful album.

The duo then had a strong return to the charts with the song "Get Closer", the title track from their 1976 album. Carolyn Willis (from the r&b vocal group Honey Cone) sang the bridge and it peaked at #6 in July of that year. Willis also joined them for their 1976 tour, which resulted in the live album Sudan Village .

The twosome also recorded songs that appeared in the feature films One on One (1977) and Foolin' Around (1980), as well as the song "First Years" that was the theme song to the debut (1978–79) season of the television series The Paper Chase .

1978's Takin' It Easy featured the two branching out and experimenting with other types of sounds, including the disco influenced "You're the Love", which reached #18. But their gold selling days were behind them by this point.

In 1979 they contributed to the album Lote Tree, which was a narrated history of their Baháʼí Faith that included songs by them and other artists. But it was distributed only within Baháʼí media outlets.

The Longest Road , released in 1980, was their last for Warner Brothers.

Hiatus and reunions

In 1980, after a long and successful run of recordings in the 1970s, the two were dropped from Warner Brothers. As a result, they decided to take a hiatus from music. During the 1980s, despite their no longer being officially together as a duo, they continued to appear at several Baháʼí gatherings, including a world peace concert at the Baháʼí Center in Los Angeles for the film and music community in February 1989. After this, they made the rounds of Canadian radio stations and some American talk shows to promote the Baháʼí Peace Document.

Crofts lived in Mexico, Australia and then Nashville, Tennessee, playing country music and making occasional hit singles. He currently resides on a ranch in the Texas hill country. Seals moved to Costa Rica and has lived on a coffee farm off and on since 1980, as well as in Nashville and southern Florida.

In 1991 Seals and Crofts officially reunited and made concert appearances once again until disbanding again a year later.

In 1998 Crofts released a solo CD titled Today, which contained some re-recordings of Seals and Crofts material.

In 2004 the duo reunited again and recorded their first new album since 1980, released as Traces.

In the early 2000s up to 2008, Seals embarked on various tours with his brother Dan ("England" Dan Seals, of England Dan & John Ford Coley), billing themselves as Seals & Seals and performing their successful hits from Seals & Crofts and England Dan & John Ford Coley, Dan's hits from his solo career and a few original songs written between the two brothers. A few shows featured Jim's sons Joshua on bass guitar and backing vocals and Sutherland on electric guitar. [6]

In December 2010 the bandmates' daughters Juliet Seals and Amelia Crofts, along with Genevieve Dozier, daughter of Seals and Crofts engineer Joey Bogan, formed a musical trio called The Humming Birds. [7] They released their eponymous EP The Humming Birds in September 2012.

Seals and Crofts were instrumental in England Dan and John Ford Coley becoming adherents to the Baha'i Faith, [8] some 28 years before Coley became a Christian. [9] Dan Seals died of cancer in 2009. At the time of his death, Dan and Jim Seals had been working on songs together. [10] The status of those recordings is unknown.

In 2018 Brady Seals (Jim's cousin) and Lua Crofts (Dash's daughter) began touring as Seals and Crofts 2, performing the catalog of Seals and Crofts, as well as some new music. [11]

Discography

Albums

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart
positions
Album
US
[23]
US AC
1971"When I Meet Them"104Year of Sunday
1972"Summer Breeze"64Summer Breeze
1973"Hummingbird"2012
"Diamond Girl"64Diamond Girl
"We May Never Pass This Way (Again)"212
1974"Unborn Child"66Unborn Child
"The King of Nothing"6026
1975"I'll Play for You"184I'll Play for You
"Castles in the Sand"21
1976"Baby I'll Give It to You"5814Sudan Village
"Get Closer"62Get Closer
1977"Goodbye Old Buddies"10
"My Fair Share"2811One on One soundtrack
1978"You're the Love"182Takin' It Easy
"Takin' It Easy"79
1980"First Love"37Longest Road
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Songs in movies

See also

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