Seals & Crofts were a highly acclaimed soft rock singer-songwriter duo consisting of James "Jim" Seals (b. October 17, 1941) and Darrell "Dash" Crofts (b. August 14, 1940) that became famous during the 1970s. Their many hits include such era-defining classics as "Summer Breeze," "Diamond Girl," and "Get Closer." As one of the most successful acts of the mid 1970s, they were well known for their smooth harmonies and well-crafted songs in which they performed on a multitude of instruments that included the mandolin, saxophone, flute, and violin, as well as drums, keyboards, and acoustic guitar.
Jim Seals and Dash Crofts are both native Texans whose origins as a duo go back many years. Born in Sidney, TX and raised in Rankin, Seals comes from a family of musicians that includes his brother, country star Dan Seals (February 8, 1948 - March 25, 2009), who was also one half of the pop duo, England Dan & John Ford Coley. By age 9, Seals had won a state fiddle championship, and he later took up the tenor sax and other instruments. Born in Cisco, TX, Crofts started out as a singer and drummer, later taking up the mandolin. He and Seals met in junior high school and they began playing together for Dean Beard & The Crew Cats around the mid 1950s. With Beard, Seals and Crofts joined The Champs shortly after they topped the charts in 1958 with "Tequila," remaining with the band until 1965. Throughout the 1960s, they played in The Mushrooms, The Dawnbreakers, and various other groups and began writing songs, many performed by other bands and artists. During that time, they were introduced to the Baha'i faith and became lifetime devotees as reflected in many of their songs. Seals and Crofts officially came together as a duo in 1969 and released their eponymous debut album that year. In 1971, they were signed to Warner Bros., and during their peak in popularity from 1972-1976, they released a string of top selling albums, four of which are gold certified, with an additional two having gone platinum ("Summer Breeze" and "Greatest Hits").
Seals & Crofts debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in late 1970 with "Ridin' Thumb" which was followed shortly thereafter by "When I Meet Them," both of which became minor hits. Their fame soared in 1972 with the smash hit, "Summer Breeze," which made the Top 10 and became their signature song. Other hits for which the duo is best known include "Hummingbird" (1973), the jazz-infused "Diamond Girl" (1973), "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)" (1973), and the soulful "Get Closer" (1976) featuring guest vocals by former Honey Cone member, Carolyn Willis. Their long string of hits, which continued through 1980 on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts, also included the then-controversial pro-life song, "Unborn Child" (1974), "King Of Nothing" (1974), "I'll Play For You" (1975), "Baby, I'll Give It To You" (1976), "My Fair Share" (1977), and their last Top 40 hit, "You're The Love" (1978).
Seals & Crofts split in 1980 and reunited in 1991 for a short tour, disbanding again a year later. The duo reunited again in 2004 when they released their first album together in over 20 years, "Traces," featuring re-recordings of several of their biggest hits as well as new songs. In 2013, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Summer Breeze" at #13 in its list of "Best Summer Songs of All Time."
- For more info about the history of Seals & Crofts and the duo's current projects, visit sealsandcrofts.com.
- Jim Seals and Dash Crofts discuss the influence of their Baha'i faith on their career and other topics in an interview by Deborah Landau from Stereo Review Magazine (January, 1971).
- Dash Crofts discusses various highlights from his long career and his 1998 solo album, "Today," in an interview by Tony Bentivegna (ca. summer, 2000).
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- Diamond Girl 1973
- Hummingbird 1973
- Summer Breeze 1972
(This song later also became a hit for the Isley Brothers (1974).)
- We May Never Pass This Way (Again) 1973
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