Seals and Crofts are Jim Seals (October 17, 1941) and Dash Crofts (August 14, 1940), a popular soft rock duo in the early
1970s, best-known for their hits "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl."
Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were both born in Texas. They first met when Crofts was a drummer for a local band. Later, Seals joined a band called
Dean Beard and the Crew Cuts where he played guitar; later Crofts joined the band. With Beard, they moved to Los Angeles to join The Champs. In
1958, Seals and Crofts toured with The Champs. After the success of their #1 Latin-rock instrumental hit 'Tequila', the pair returned to Los
Angeles to work as session musicians.
In 1965, Seals and Crofts left The Champs. Crofts returned to Texas and Seals joined a band named "The Dawnbreakers" (a reference to a book by
the same name). Crofts eventually went back to California to join The Dawnbreakers. However, The Dawnbreakers turned out to be unsuccessful.
Crofts married fellow Dawnbreaker Billie Lee Day in 1969.
After the failure with The Dawnbreakers, the two decided to play as a duo, with Seals on guitar, sax and violin, and Crofts on guitar and mandolin.
They signed a contract with Talent Associates and released two LPs, which were largely ignored. The pair signed a new contract with Warner Brothers
Records in 1971. Their first album with their new label was unsuccessful, but their second album, 'Summer Breeze', was charted #7 in 1972.
After a long and successful run of recording in the seventies, the two lost their contract with Warner Brothers Records and set aside music for a
while. They held a short reunion tour in 1991-1992. Crofts lived in Mexico, Australia and then Nashville, playing country music and making occasional
hit singles. Seals moved to Costa Rica and lived on a coffee farm since 1980.
In 2003, Seals and Crofts reunited and recorded a new album for the first time in more than twenty years. Most recently, they held a tour in 2004>-2005.
- Seals & Crofts, 1969
- Down Home, 1970
- Year of Sunday, 1972
- Summer Breeze, 1972, charted at 7
- Diamond Girl, 1973
- "I And II", 1974
- Unborn Child, 1974
- I'll Play For You, 1975, charted at 18
- "Greatet Hits", 1975
- Get Closer, 1976, charted at 37
- Sudan Village, 1976 (live), charted at 73
- One On One (soundtrack), 1977
- Takin' It Easy, 1978, charted at 78
- "Collection", 1979
- The Longest Road, 1980 Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke on track 1 "Stars"
- "Lote Tree", 1980
- "Today", 1998
- Traces, 2003
- "Summer Breeze", 1972, charted at 6
- "Hummingbird", 1972, charted at 20
- "Diamond Girl", 1973, charted at 6
- "We May Never Pass This Way Again", 1973, charted at 21
- "Unborn Child", 1974, charted at 66
- "I'll Play For You", 1975, charted at 30
- "Get Closer", 1976, charted at 6
- "My Fair Share", 1977, charted at 28
- "You're the Love", 1978, charted at 18
George-Warren, H (ed.) 2001, The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, 3rd edn, Fireside, New York.
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