Six Pack: Jim Seals

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Six Pack: Jim Seals

Celebrating a birthday today is a man whose name you almost certainly know, even if you might only know half of it. Why? Because his last name is usually seen paired with the last name of the gentleman with whom he saw his greatest commercial success: Dash Crofts.

Have you figured it out yet?

If not, here’s some help putting 2+2 together: it’s Jim Seals, otherwise known as the man who put the “Seals” in Seals and Crofts, a.k.a. half of the duo that brought you “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” “We May Never Pass This Way (Again),” and “Get Closer,” among other classic ‘70s singles.

In celebration, we’re offering up the classic Seals & Crofts best-of that so many of you probably have in your collection (and if you don’t, we can guarantee that someone close to you almost certainly does), but we’ve also compiled a six-pack of tracks from outside their discography that also involve Seals in some way or other.

1. Brenda Lee, “It’s Never Too Late” (1960): Before Seals and Crofts started a career under their own names, they worked together as members of The Champs. Yes, the ones who recorded “Tequila,” although they weren’t actually on that particular single. In addition to that gig, however, they were also doing some work on their own as musicians, singers, and songwriters, and in Seals’ case, one of his early triumphs was writing this track for Brenda Lee.

2. Buck Owens, “Before You Go” (1965): Seals was part of several recording sessions with the future Hee Haw host back when Owens was still known first and foremost as a hugely successful country singer. If you think we’re kidding about people knowing Owens’ pre-hosting career, ask a dozen people who were born in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s who Buck Owens is and see how many of them say that he used to be on Hee Haw. It’s damned depressing how few of them realize that he even had a recording career. In fact, he was hugely successful, and Seals can be heard on this track, which was one of his many #1 hits.

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3. The Monkees, “Don’t Listen to Linda” (1967): It would be a few years before this track actually saw the light of day – it ultimately ended up on the group’s Instant Replay album – but it was initially recorded during the sessions for More of the Monkees, and when it was, Seals played on it.

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4. England Dan and John Ford Coley, “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” (1976): Brace yourself, because if you didn’t already know this factoid, it could well blow your mind: Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts fame is the brother of Dan Seals of England Dan and John Ford Coley fame. Not only that, but he also plays guitar on their signature hit.

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5. Alessi Brothers, “I Don’t Wanna Lose You” g(1978): If you were enough of a Ghostbusters fan back in the ‘80s to actually own a copy of the movie’s soundtrack, then you may remember Alessi, who graced the album with the classic track “Savin’ the Day.” These brothers – Billy and Bobby – actually started their career in 1976 and had a hit in ’77 with their single “Oh, Lori,” but this track – which features Jim Seals on saxophone – is actually from their 1978 album, Driftin’.

6. Tanya Tucker, “Texas (When I Die)” (1978): Tucker’s 1978 album TNT was, as its name implies, highly explosive, and her country fans weren’t entirely in love with it, owing to her decision to go in more of a rock direction than she had in the past, but in addition to Seals and Crofts both being in the mix as vocalists, the album also provided considerable titillation to Tucker’s fans with its poster.