Like many of our greatest musicians, he left us too soon when he passed away four years ago from prostate cancer.
Fogelberg hit the music scene in Nashville in 1972 with the classic album “Home Free.” He went on to record 22 albums in all, and reached the Top 10 Billboard Charts with hits like “Longer”, “Leader of the Band”, “Hard to Say”, “Run for the Roses”, and “”Same Old Lang Syne”. While these are all great songs, many of his best and my personal favorites were the deeper cuts on his albums.
The media often referred to him as “the thinking girl’s heart throb” and “Feely Dan” because his lyrics were as deep as they were touching, and he played the guitar and piano to perfection.
I’ve been lucky enough to have seen him more than a dozen times in concert, with a full band, and solo acoustic with his guitar and piano. I call myself a Fogelhead, because like fans of the Grateful Dead, I traveled to see him in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
It’s hard to select a favorite from Fogelberg’s vast collection, but the song below certainly makes the list. It’s a song he usually performed at the end of every concert back in the good old days.
Happy birthday, Dan! We’re glad your music lives on …