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Seals & Crofts Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Years Active: 1969 - 1980, 1991-1992, 2004
Genres: Soft Rock, Pop Rock

Seals and Crofts is a soft rock duo comprised of James Seals, who was born on October 17, 1941 in Sidney, Texas and Dash Crofts, who was born on August 14, 1940 in Cisco, Texas. The duo hit the height of its success in the 1970s and is best known for their hit singles, “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl” and “Get Closer.”

Seals and Crofts met when they were both playing in local bands in and around Texas, both joined the band Dean Beard and the Crew Cuts and moved to Los Angeles, California to further their music careers. Once there the duo quit the band and joined The Champs in 1958 and went on tour. It was during this tour that Seals, Crofts, Glen Campbell and Jerry Cole formed “Glen Campbell and the GCs.”

After the failure of the bands, Seals and Crofts decided to become a duo, with Seals on guitar, saxophone and violin and Crofts on guitar and mandolin. A record deal came their way from Talent Associates in 1969, which released two albums with to moderate success. However, by 1971 the duo had signed with Warner Bros. Records and found success with their second album for the label, “Summer Breeze,” which peaked at #7 on Billboard's 200 Albums chart.

The duo hit the road and began to perform on the festival circuit, exposing their music to wider audiences. When the 1980s hit, the duo's contract was up with Warner Bros. and they decided to go their separate ways for a while and focus on other projects. 1991 marked a reunion tour for the duo that lasted a year.

Crofts later moved to Nashville and began to play country music, finding success with a number of hit singles, while Seals moved to Costa Rica and ran a coffee farm. In 2003 Seals and Crofts reunited once again and issued the 2004 album, “Traces.” After an amassing impressive body of work, consisting of 18 albums, the duo fell silent again in the mid-2000s until their daughters, Juliet Seals and Amelia Crofts, used their father's names “Seals and Crofts” for their musical collaboration.