Recorded by country singer Dan Seals, “Bop” reached the top of Hot Country Songs charts in early 1986. It was the only song Seals released that reached the top US Billboard Hot 100. It landed at the number 42 spot. Released in October 1985 from the album Won’t Be Blue Anymore, it wasn’t blue as “Bop” is Seals’ first country single. This was his very first hit as a solo artist.
From Duo to Solo, from England Seals to Dan Seals
Danny Wayland Seals, his original name, is from west Texas. Dan Seals was his country musician name. He is the younger brother of Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts duo. Before these names, he was first known as “England Dan”. He was also part of the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley. Among the most popular songs that the two recorded are “Love is the Answer”, “We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again”, and the most popular “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight”. The last song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sad to say, it was their only gold record.
In time, the duo went their separate ways. Coley went to form another pop group, while Seals started his country music career. To restore his career, seals changed his name to Dan Seals. After then, he moved to Nashville. From there, he signed a contract with Capitol Records. He initially struggled, but eventually became a hit with country music listeners. From 1983 to early 1990s, the country hit-maker released 16 studio albums. From those albums, he charted more than 20 singles on the country charts. 11 of those singles dominated the country charts as it went to number 1.
Here are some of his greatest hits that you might want to sing with, “Love on Arrival”, “Meet Me in Montana”(with Marie Osmond), “Bop”, “One Friend”, “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)”, “You Still Move Me”, “I Will Be There”, “Three Time Loser”, ”, “Addicted”, “Big Wheels in the Moonlight”, and “Good Times”. 16 more of his songs also reached Top 100 on the same chart.
Forming a new duo “Seals & Seals” for their live tours with his brother Jim in early 2000’s, the brothers performed mixed of their originals, solo hits, and from past duos with Seals & Crofts and England Dan & John Ford Coley.
Unfortunately, in 2008 Seals was diagnosed with lymphoma. He died at the age of 61 due to complication caused by lymphoma, on March 25, 2009, at his daughter’s home in Nashville.
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