The Leader of the Band, Singer & Song Writer Dan Fogelberg Dies at the Age of 56


Singer and song writer, Dan Fogelberg, passed away today at the age of 56 at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. Dan Fogelberg was known for his 1980’s soft music ballads such as “Leader of the Band”, “The Innocent Age” and “Same Old Lang Syne”. However, Dan Fogelberg’s passing reminds me on a personal note of a long college friend who I have not talked to in far to long. He and his wife’s wedding song was “Longer”.

Through the years as the fire starts to mellow
Burning lines in the book of our lives
Though the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow
Ill be in love with you.

Its a reminder of what truly great lyrics Dan wrote and songs he sang. Dan Fogelberg will be missed, rest in peace.

Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits “Leader of the Band” and “Same Old Lang Syne” helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

His death was announced in a statement released by his family through the firm Scoop Marketing, and it was also posted on the singer’s Web site.

“Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side,” it read. “His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.” (FOX News)

Posted December 18, 2007 by
Deceased, Obituary | 6 comments

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “The Leader of the Band, Singer & Song Writer Dan Fogelberg Dies at the Age of 56”

    1. LouiseVargas on December 18th, 2007 2:24 am

      I loved Dan Fogelberg. He died too young at 56. May he rest in peace and be dearly missed.

    2. James on December 18th, 2007 9:10 am

      There will never be another 70′s style era in which life was so much less complicated and restless. Fogelberg’s songs bring back incredibly pleasant memories.

      Over 50 male? Get your PSA tests done. Prostate enlargement is pretty normal for most men. The cancer part is curable if detected early enough.

      GOD bless all and Merry Christmas.

    3. Jerry from Ohio on December 18th, 2007 12:28 pm

      RIP Dan you brought us some of the best of your feelings in your music Thank you for sharing it with us, your name and your music will live on for a long long time .
      Jerry from Ohio

    4. Maggie on December 18th, 2007 5:02 pm

      We drank a toast to innocence
      We drank a toast to time
      Living in our eloquence
      Another auld lang syne

      Indeed very sad news and way too young.

    5. Nut44x4 on December 19th, 2007 9:10 pm

      Rest in Peace my friend. Your talent/music will live on forever in my heart and mind and in the lives of many.
      Run for the Roses…

    6. Rob on February 18th, 2008 6:01 am

      Dan was from a great era for music for my generation and he left this world too early.

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