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The First Christmas Morning ~ Songbook

Every Christmas we get inquiries from choirs and musicians asking about sheet music for Dan's Christmas CD. At long last, your wishes have been granted - a song book for guitar, piano, and vocals. Included songs: At Christmas Time, Winterskol, The First Christmas Morning, This Endris Night, Feast Of Fools, Snowfall, In The Bleak Midwinter, Yule Dance, and Christ, The King.
Songbook price: $12.25 (it's about Christmas, after all.)

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

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It Was 20 Years Ago, Today

It doesn't seem possible, but today is the 20th Anniversary of our first date, a Halloween party on All Soul's Night, 1996. To honor this very special memory, I'd like to share the story of that night with you. ~ Jean Fogelberg

Read our story...

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Annual Prostate Cancer Foundation Holiday Cards

The 2016 PCF Holiday Cards are available for sale at the Prostate Cancer Foundation Store. Proceeds go toward research in Dan's name. Read about PCF research accomplishments.

20 cards (5 different designs) and 20 gray parchment envelopes = $25.00
A sheet of 20 coordinating stamps are $25.00
Buy cards and stamps in a bundle for $45.00

Click cards below to see enlarged images.


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BIRTHDAY PRESENT

To honor Dan's birthday today, we're giving you a preview of the upcoming CD, "Dan Fogelberg ~ Live at Carnegie Hall." Click the cover below and enjoy...

 

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THE CLAN February, 1966
The boys in the band, goofing around at a St. Francis Hospital gig. RIP David Backstrom.
Many thanks to John and Alison Daley for the photo.

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BALLAD OF LADY JAMES
The flip side to the 1970 Bucyrus Erie 45.

 

TIGER
Dan displays his prodigious talents for vocals and accents on "Tiger" with Bucyrus Erie in Champaign, around 1970.
He sure doesn't sound 19 years old. You can tell he was having waaay too much fun on this one!

Click on the 45 sleeve below to listen to this rousing rhythm and blues number.

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THE COACHMEN
The B Side to "Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget"!
Click on the 45 below to listen to The Coachmen's recording of "Don't Want To Lose Her", written by Dan.

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FOLK MUSIC FROM THE RED HERRING
Click on the album below to listen to an early recording of "Hickory Grove".

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STARWOOD AMPHITHEATER, NASHVILLE 1988 INTERVIEW
Is it possible for a video to become addictive? We keep returning to this one again and again...

 

 

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MUSICAL RIPPLES
We received this email out of the blue and thought we'd share it with you...

My name is Daniel, I am a 30 year old working musician originally from Maine but living in Southern California. I was introduced to Dan Fogelberg as a young child. I would listen to his songs on my own accord as a 4 or 5 year old.

Last night at a gig, I was feeling a little unappreciated and not so inspired. I had also been feeling a little down on my luck in the money department (as happens sometimes choosing a music life).

I noticed a couple who were listening rather intently and it took my mind off of my car payment and struggles for the moment and I asked them directly if they wanted to hear anything. They immediately said "Dan Fogelberg". I played "Leader of the Band" and honestly the song itself has me fighting off tears to begin with and it takes me back to when I was a little kid.

This couple was so happy and so surprised at my mere knowledge of the song (I was born in '85 so it's a little beyond my generation) that they were offering me such gratitude and kindness and it completely turned my worried thoughts into something much better. As they walked away and thanked me the woman put 3 $100 dollar bills in my guitar case. She saved me!!

I felt such graditude towards Dan for writing the song and I went on YouTube watching interviews of him to get a sense of what he was like and I figured I'd send him an email telling him this story and thanking him for, in some indirect yet so spiritually direct way, helping a fellow musician (be it a much less successful one) out.

As I went to search for the right email to send it to, I went on the website and saw that he had passed in 2007. How on earth could I thank him now!? I would like to say, to whoever is reading this, if you knew Dan, if you know anyone who does, PLEASE read this and keep him in your memory as someone who has affected other musicians in the way my story has told.

The song that paid homage to his father’s gift of music that he had passed along to Dan has a whole new meaning for me. Now I shall live out this life I chose and have learned to love so well.

Thank you, Dan.

Sincerely,
Dan

Note:   You can follow Daniel P. Ratcliffe and The Dan Porter Band on Facebook.

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BLASTS FROM THE PAST

Click on the album images below to listen to "Looking For A Lady" and "The Actress and the Artist" from Dan's days performing at The Red Herring Coffee House and check out the groovy album art.

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REMEMBERING DAN
An article by Steve Cowan

"For several months I tried to figure out a way to approach Dan. I wanted to talk with him about music--and his music in particular. I wanted to find out what drove him, why he had written his songs. He lived on the north side of the University of Illinois campus, in a small basement apartment, so I showed up one night and knocked on his door. When the door opened, he looked at me and I asked, "Can we talk?" He said only, "Come on in." I first noticed a copy of James Joyce's Dubliners lying open on the linoleum floor of the entryway; maybe he had been reading. But when he invited me to sit down with him on the living room floor, I noticed his guitar out of the case. He'd been working on a song." Read more...

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Shot during the filming of the "Rhythm Of The Rain" video. That's The Waters in the background, ready to lay down their background vocals. Don't know who the pretty Native American ladies are, but Dan doesn't seem to be minding the interruption.

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DAN FOGELBERG DAY in ILLINOIS

The Illinois House State Government Administration Committee has approved a resolution designating Dan's birthday, August 13th, as "Dan Fogelberg Day". The resolution was spearheaded by Danville, IL musician and tribute artist Steven Rodman and sponsored by state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, Micheal Unes, David Leitch and Jehan Gordon-Booth.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Norbet Putnam, Florence Warner, and Dan during the recording of Home Free.


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IN LOVING MEMORY OF DIANE CAROLYN LADD


Dear Jean,
My name is Rosalie Hodgson and I live in Colorado Springs. This was meant to be a “thank you” to your husband back in 1982 but I could never find the right time or the right words under the circumstances. So, please forgive the intrusion but it is now time that I finally thanked him - through you. In 1982 I was a student at Colorado State University. I, along with three friends, drove to Boulder on January 26, 1982 to attend a Dan Fogelberg concert (he was scheduled to play in November of the previous year but got sick).

Another friend by the name of Diane, drove up from Colorado Springs to meet us. She was crazy about Dan’s music, as we all were, but she was truly a die hard fan. She wrote beautiful poetry and felt a connection to Dan's lyrics. Diane had also been a student at CSU and we all lived on the same floor our freshman year, but she dropped out and moved back home as she hadn’t been happy. She knew all the lyrics to his songs and “The Leader of the Band” was a personal favorite as it reminded her of her father. We were all so excited for the show and especially to see Diane again. It was so wonderful to see her smile and come alive with his music.

For nearly two hours (maybe more) we sang, laughed, and even shed a tear or two. One of Dan’s last songs was “Leader of the Band”. During the song, Diane leaned over to us and said, “I hope I never die before I tell all those people how much I love them - I love you guys!!!” to which we all replied, “ We love you too Di!” As we walked back to the car after the concert, a drunk driver swerved into our group as we were crossing a side street. Our friend died that night at Boulder Community Hospital - she was just 19 years old. Our lives were forever changed.

I wanted to write to Dan and tell him how so incredibly happy he made her that night and how happy we all were together listening to his amazing voice, which was a gift that he seemed always so gracious to share with the world. However, I wasn’t able to express all my emotions then and didn’t even know where I’d send the letter and then, he too died an untimely death. So, please forgive my awkward email but I needed to bring this full circle. I have been writing this for almost 33 years and the time seemed right to send this. The rest of us have remained friends and always keep Diane in our hearts. Dan Fogelberg was a rare soul in this world - thank you Dan for making a difference.

Sincerely,
Rosalie

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RHYTHM OF THE RAIN



October 16, 2006

Dear Dan: Though you never knew, for many years before you recorded my song, YOU were my idol. Your sensitive lyrics and wildly, grand arrangements spoke to me in a way that always sent a thrill through me. The first time I heard "Leader of the Band", I was awash in tears. Having had a not so great relationship with my own Dad, it touched me in ways that I can't even really explain. So, there really is no way that I can put into words the feelings that went through me when my good friend, Len Green called me and he said, quote: "John, you won't believe me when I tell you this but Dan Fogelberg has recorded your song and from the looks of the full page ad in Billboard, it looks like the push cut/single from the album.” I was floored, stunned. I told Len, "You must be kidding, he never records other peoples songs". Well, I have the chart on my wall from Billboard, week ending November 17th, 1990 and there sits my song at #1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart. To this day, hundreds of people have recorded "Rhythm of the Rain" but none have ever, and I mean NO ONE has ever done it better than you. I always felt my own recording of it, huge as it was, was weird as it's really a sad song about lost love and here we are doing it spritely and uptempo. Back to your music though. Seems in all the music you write, nature plays a great role. Also, your style, the chord changes you use; there is so much spirituality and power in what you do. Netherlands just blew me away, I even have Twin Sons of Different Mothers. It would take me way too long to make a list of my favorites. I've tried in vain to emulate what you do or even come close, but I've resigned myself at the ripe old age of 68, that I probably never will.

To finish: You have no idea what a thrill it was for me to chat with you for a few minutes back stage at the Greek. I was so in awe to be in your presence and was so nervous I never really got to say all that I wanted to, so hope this email makes up for it. I'm so saddened to hear of your plight and all I can say is "Keep up the Good Fight”. The world needs more of you and more of what you do. Get well and get back in the studio again. From the deepest part of me, Thank you so much for YOUR wonderful music and thanks for doing such a great job with MINE.

Gratefully,

John Claude Gummoe
Composer of "Rhythm of the Rain", lead singer with The Cascades

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PLAYBILL MAGAZINE ARTICLE

"Part of the Plan, a new musical featuring the music of late songwriter Dan Fogelberg, will receive a New York City staged reading under the direction of two-time Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, according to an Equity casting notice." Read the rest of the article.

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COLORADO MUSIC HALL OF FAME UPDATE

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame has decided to wait for the tribute CD to be completed before inducting Dan. We have one very busy, but important, group that needs to finish their vocals before that can happen. All we can do is wait - we all, Sony included, feel they are worth waiting for. The CMHF will then find out when Joe Walsh will be able to attend. Right now, they are hoping for @March/April 2015. Inductees will include Dan, Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, and Caribou Ranch.

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A MOMENT IN TIME

Dan at piano

From one of Dan's old contact sheets. Sometimes contact sheets with photographs of other people will have a shot or two of Dan - the photographer relinquishing the camera. The results are mixed and always interesteing, capturing a moment in time.

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LETTER FROM GRACE
In 2006, Service Department Manager Eric Ferguson handed Dan a letter his 10-year-old daughter, Grace, had written to Dan, asking about the lyrics to "Same Old Lang Syne".

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DAN IN "THE CLAN" 1966
Thanks to John Mabee and Alison Daley for this photo of 15 year old Dan performing with "The Clan" in 1966 at the Illinois State Fair Battle of the Bands in Springfield. Here they're performing a song after they won first place, you can see the other bands in the background packing up. A nice blast from the past!

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PERFORMING SONGWRITER
"Today Dan would have turned 61 years old, and I thought a good way to celebrate would be to go back to that conversation I had with him 18 years ago and share a few of his thoughts on his early albums - including The Innocent Age which, unbelievably, turned 30 last year." Read the article...

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"Yet music kept calling, this time in the form of a kindred soul, musician Peter Berkow, who ran a little folk music club called The Red Herring. Berkow invited him to perform, and before long Fogelberg was a cherished part of the burgeoning coffee house scene. 'I started meeting like-minded people, musicians who were bright and well read, and I realized that I was finally free of the provincialism of high school' He started playing his own songs, and the spirit of the scene shifted from politics to music:'The Red Herring went from being a hide-out for pinko leftists who were plotting the overthrow of the government to a really creative musical scene. And it started packing people in.'"

Photo courtesy Jean Fogelberg - Dan revisiting The Red Herring in April of 2003.

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ROCK CELLAR MAGAZINE

Is it in their DNA? Possibly a “creative genius” gene that science has yet to discover? Or is it an otherwordly gift – one that is physically untraceable? Perhaps it’s just an excellent work ethic. How best do we explain these iconic songwriter/musicians who seem to have enough talent left over to create masterful work in an entirely different medium? Apparently there is something tying the audio and visual arts together – a place in the universe where sight and sound inspirations collide.

In celebration of this mystery, Rock Cellar Magazine presents our second photo essay in a series: 8 MORE musicians who also happen to be darn good visual artists. Read the rest of the article...

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Michael McDonald

TRIBUTE HONORING DAN

A tribute CD featuring legendary and soon-to-be-legendary recording artists is underway to honor Dan. Each artist will record the Dan Fogelberg song of their choosing. Produced by Dan's long-time associates and friends Norbert Putnam, Irving Azoff, Chuck Morris, and Dan's wife Jean Fogelberg, the CD will be distributed and promoted by Sony Legacy Recordings. All profits will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to develop new, more precise testing. No date of completion yet, there are many artist schedules to work around, but it's coming together!

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A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE

Lydia Hutchinson of "Performing Songwriter" wrote a beautiful and heartfelt tribute in memory of Dan.

Give it a listen: http://performingsongwriter.com/dan-fogelberg-tribute/

Lydia and Dan

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"WILD CHILD" ARTICLE ABOUT DAN FEATURED IN MAINE MAGAZINE

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The April 2010 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine editorial on Dan's love of Maine: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/2010/03/wild-child/

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BACK IN TIME
(For those of you who only just found out that we lost Dan in December of 2007). Go to the bottom of the page to start at the beginning.

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December 16, 2007

Dear friends,

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

A message from Jean

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August 13, 2005
A personal letter from D.F.

I cannot adequately express my gratitude to all of the thousands of wonderful people who have sent us such incredibly moving and supportive e-mails via the Living Legacy web site. I am quite certain that the love and prayers that have been directed to us from all over the world have had a tangible and potent healing effect. It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years. Each one of you who have taken the time and effort to reach out to Jean and I have helped immeasurably to uplift our spirits and keep us looking strongly forward during some very rough moments.

I currently have no plans to return to the concert stage or the recording studio in the foreseeable future, but who knows? At least for now, I prefer to keep my options open.

Again my deepest thanks and love to all,

Dan


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Dan received over 10,000 good wishes, prayers, & stories from people telling him how his music had touched, enriched, and even saved their lives.

August 15, 2004

"DanFogelberg.com regrets to announce the cancellation of the Fall 2004 Solo Acoustic Tour. Dan has been recently diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and has entered treatment. He apologizes for any inconvenience the cancellation of the concerts may cause his fans. Dan is confident he will be able to fight this illness. Your prayers, good wishes and positive thoughts will be very much appreciated."

This page updated on
November 10th, 2016




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Red Rocks
Performers Hall of Fame

Dan Fogelberg was voted into the Red Rocks Performers Hall of Fame as one of the ten initial inductees. Other inductees include Sting, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Lily Pons, The Grateful Dead, U-2, Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

"It's a genuine honor to be recognized by both the fans and by Red Rocks Amphitheater as a Hall of Fame inductee. What makes this tribute special is that the fans take enormous pride and ownership in 'their' Red Rocks. To be part of this select group of initial inductees is to be part of the legend that personifies Red Rocks."

 

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C.F. Martin's book Martin Guitar Masterpieces features the D-41DF Dan Fogelberg Signature Edition model Martin Guitar honoring Dan Fogelberg.

Others who have been honored with Martin custom-designed instruments include: Eric Clapton, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Stephen Stills, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Don McLean, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Hank Williams, Mark Knopfler, Arlo Guthrie and Woody Guthrie.

The Fogelberg Signature guitar features a mahogany neck, an ebony fingerboard, accents of abalone pearl and gold-plated tuning knobs. Dan Fogelberg's signature is inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets and his autograph appears on a card affixed inside the body. At Dan's request, a portion of the proceeds have been donated to the World Wildlife Fund, an international conservation organization.

 

 

 

 

 

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