Daniel Grayling Fogelberg was born in Peoria, Illinois on August 13, 1951 to a high school band director and a mother trained as a classical vocalist and pianist. As a teenager he taught himself to play piano and guitar. After graduating from high school he began performing while attending the University of Illinois where he was discovered by Irving Azoff who would guide Dan’s career with a string of successful albums and singles.
Entering the Hit Parade first in 1975 with “Part Of The Plan,” Dan Fogelberg topped the charts in 1980 with “Longer” followed by “Same Old Lang Syne.” The following year with gold singles, “Hard To Say” and a tribute song to his father, “Leader Of The Band.”
Among his other hits were, “The Power of Gold,” “Heart Hotels,” a song about the Kentucky Derby, “Run For The Roses,” “Missing You,” “Make Love Stay,” “The Language Of Love” and “Believe In Me.”
Inspired by folk, pop, classical, jazz and bluegrass music, songwriter Dan Fogelberg was also a session musician, playing on albums by Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Randy Newman and others.
With a major following, Dan Fogelberg performances included the famed New York Carnegie Hall in 1979.
Cancer claimed Dan Fogelberg’s life December 16, 2007.
In 2010 Dan Fogelberg was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.