What Ever Happened to Seals and Crofts?
Seals and Crofts American soft rock duo Seals and Crofts performing, 30th April 1975. They are Dash Crofts (left) and Jim Seals. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were a couple of talented musicians that formed a soft rock duo in the midst of the groovy era. The times were changing, and it was an epic time of ANYTHING GOES. Countless musical artists had decided to make a go of it and these two were no different. The duo put their heads and their talents together to form the iconic group known as Seals and Crofts.
Seals and Crofts were one of the most successful and best-known soft rock singer/songwriter duos of the groovy era.
The pop music scene of the '70s was full of many genres of music that were popular with the counterculture generation. David Bowie and Black Sabbath come to mind when I think of this era with the more boisterous music and lyrics. This kind of music was great for hours of headbanging entertainment. At the same time, Seals and Crofts was also on my playlist.
Soft rock was Seals and Crofts easy listening style and they gave us many harmony rock anthems.
The popular duo hit the scene and promptly had their song on the radio and making the Music Billboard Charts. They were up and coming and seemingly couldn’t be stopped. Music fans flocked, in huge numbers, to their concerts and just couldn’t get enough of their soft rock style.
The epic duo is probably best remembered for their songs, “Summer Breeze,” (1972), Diamond Girl,” (1973) and “Get Closer” (1976). I remember these songs well and whenever I hear them, it takes me way back.
Seals and Crofts have had their iconic song, “Summer Breeze,” covered by many notable artists including, The Isley Brothers.
Even as early as the late '60s, Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were faithful followers of the Bahá'í Faith. This particular faith centers on the teachings of the 19th century, Persian prophet, Bahaullah. The duo was always putting their faith front and center in their lives. They were well known for hanging out for hours after their concerts ended just to discuss their faith and beliefs with anyone who was interested. Religious world harmony is what they wanted to instill in everyone.
“Summer Breeze” was ranked No. 13 by Rolling Stone magazine for the distinction of “Best Summer Songs of All Time.”
The duo was extremely talented had the attention of countless fans. Seals and Crofts were musical prodigies. They were gifted with the ability to write music that mattered and that fans loved. Although the primary instruments they played in most of their songs were the guitar and mandolin, they were skilled at playing just about any instrument.
After much success, Seals and Crofts suddenly dropped out of sight when they disbanded in 1980.
Seals and Crofts disbanded the famous duo act in 1980. They could have gone on and continued to be successful, but they felt another calling that was bigger than fame. The pair left the spotlight to pursue their faith without any distractions.
Since they disbanded in 1980, Seals and Crofts briefly reunited in the early '90s and again in 2004 when they released their final album together entitled, “Traces.”
Currently, the pair live quiet lives; Dash Crofts in Costa Rica on a coffee farm and Jim Seals on a ranch in Texas.
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