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In 1979, at the ripe old age of 27, Dan performed at Carnegie Hall. At long last, the audio recording of that stellar solo performance is finished! Dan Fogelberg ~ Live At Carnegie Hall will be available as a download and as a double CD package at Amazon, iTunes, and other major outlets worldwide. CDs and downloads will be available to ship on May 12th but until then, pre-sales and previews are available at iTunes and Amazon. If you live outside the U.S., click here to find your preferred Amazon website.

Click the image below for the story of the creation of the CD.

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Michael McDonald


The tribute CD featuring legendary recording artists performing Dan's songs will be released Thanksgiving week. There will be a concert on August 13th (Dan's birthday) that will combine a tribute to Dan with his induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame (we'll post more details when we have them.) Fellow inducties into the CMHoF will be his friends Joe Walsh & Barnstorm and Jimmy Guercio of Caribou Ranch.

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For all he was, for all he gave us, for all he left us.

Letter of Recommendation: Dan Fogelberg, ‘Same Old Lang Syne’

"Only one holiday song is worth a precious fraction of your rapidly dwindling time on earth: Dan Fogelberg’s 1980 ballad “Same Old Lang Syne,” a light-rock radio classic that deconstructs all the usual eggnog conventions and reassembles them into a proper work of art — something like a Raymond Carver story crossed with “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” crossed with T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets.” Like the holiday season itself, Fogelberg’s song is simultaneously hilarious, sad, beautiful, corny and transcendent". Read the entire article.

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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.

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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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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The flip side to the 1970 Bucyrus Erie 45.


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 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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Click on the album below to listen to an early recording of "Hickory Grove".

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Is it possible for a video to become addictive? We keep returning to this one again and again...



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

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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.


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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.


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

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Dan at piano

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

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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 clan

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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"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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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...

backpage magazine

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

pmm magazine


This page updated on
April 26th, 2017

Petition - Induct Dan Fogelberg Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - GoPetitionPast inductees:
The Eagles
James Taylor
Jackson Browne
Crosby Stills & Nash
Simon & Garfunkel
Joni Mitchell

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."



Pete Huttlinger DVD


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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