Dan Fogelberg

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Will Dan Fogelberg be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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The fact that Dan Fogelberg is not in the Hall of Fame makes the institution itself entirely insignificant. Running through the list of inductees, there are countless artists who haven't come close to influencing the number of lives that Dan Fogelberg has. No offense to James Taylor, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, or any of the other significant pop/rock artists of Fogelberg's time, all of whom deserve the recognition they've gained, but Fogelberg was every bit the equal in his songwriting and performing capabilities. Just because he never stooped to the level of self-promotion that many other artists have doesn't make him any less deserving.

If you don't believe he hasn't affected the lives of those his music touched, just check out the condolences section of his website now, at the time of his passing. Something tells me most of the artists who are already in the Hall wouldn't have anywhere close to as many devastated fans at their time of death...

Posted by ed snyder on Wednesday, 12.19.07 @ 08:08am


"Just because he never stooped to the level of self-promotion that many other artists have.."

No disrespect to the late Mr. Fogelbeg, but.....HUH?
James Taylor, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne all owe their respective successes to having "stooped" to some debasing self-promotion?
HUH?

Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 12.19.07 @ 12:45pm


I could probably find many people currently in the rock hall of fame who didn't sell as many records or affect as many people. Besides, it's not "cool" to express your appreciation of Dan's music and it takes listening to ALL the music to fully appreciate it. Most critics probably listen to Longer and throw him in the "too mellow" for the Rock Hall of Fame. He did a lot of top rate material that is not soft. And, as many obits have said, "he helped DEFINE the soft rock, sensitive troubador era". What more do you need to be inducted? I don't think it really mattered to Dan anyway, based on his low key approach to publicity and he made records that he wanted to make and sold well over 20 million - seems to me he made his own self satisfaction Hall of Fame, which matters most.

Posted by Richard on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 19:06pm


Some people don't need the recognition of being in the Hall of Fame...or any other trendy accolade. Dan Fogelberg received the honors he wanted throughout his life and trappings of fame was just not what he cared about . The people Dan loved and cherished and his fans will continue to keep Dan in the place he would most want to be: in our hearts. I believe Dan would much rather have his songs as our traveling companions for the rest of our lives than to have his name and likeness decorate a wall in some hollow sounding hall. Let us all cherish Dan's memory by keeping his music alive and sharing his wonderful songs with our children and friends for many years to come! God Bless Dan & may he continue to make music in the life beyond!!!

Posted by Eleanor on Monday, 12.31.07 @ 23:12pm


Dan was an incredible artist. I own all of his albums (yes albums) and am continually amazed at his work. At 34 years old and a listener of all music types, I cannot believe how many people have heard of him. Looking at contributing artists to his work should be proof of his talant too. People like Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, and Graham Nash are sprinkled throughout many of his albums from the 70's. His was respected!

Posted by Derek on Friday, 02.22.08 @ 21:25pm


Leonard Cohen, Bill Monroe, The Young Rascals, Syd Nathan, The Animals, Sly and the Family Stone, Dion, Ricky Nelson, etc. Huh? Don't denegrate Dan's work by including him now. He's very conspicuous by his absence.

Posted by John on Tuesday, 06.3.08 @ 02:21am


I am from the same hometown as Dan Fogelberg.
Dan not only defined "soft rock", he was also an
environmentalist. He was a long time member of the Wilderness Society. Several years ago, Dan teamed up with Actor Larenzo Lamas in a cross-country competition for Autism, in Banff. Here in Peoria, Dan played baseball with a local radio station to raise money for a Cardio wing at Methodist Medical Center. Dan was and still is a musical inspiration to his fans. You need to check out how much has been donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Dan's name. It has been posted on his website. Dan Fogelberg was such an accomplished musician that Martin Guitars designed an acoustic guitar and named it after him, (a Martin D-41DF). Any rock artist who has a guitar designed and named after them needs to be inducted into the Rock -N- Roll Hall of Fame. INDUCT Peoria's beloved local legend. Let It Shine until next time people!!!!!!!!! Ever on!!

Posted by Tamara on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 20:39pm


I'm not sure of the criteria used to inducted an artist into the "Hall"..But if it includes being an artist who can masterfully write different genre of music such as rock, ballads, smooth jazz, bluegrass, country rock, blues and orchestrial pieces. If that artist can sing with a voice that moves the very soul with emotion, play just about any stringed or keyboard instrument and has undying loyal fans devastated by his passing and said fans have followed and been awed by the talent gifted to their fav artist for over 30 some odd years--then Mr Dan Fogelberg should be inducted!! Because he didnt actively pursue the limelight does not diminish any aspect of his eligibility!! Perhaps making the music he was born to gift us with was reward enough for him, but staying true to himself was more important--he never sold out like so many artists do...

Posted by Lin on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 16:57pm


I've seen fogelberg in concert several times, and have every one of his releases. why? because dan had amazing talent. an old musician friend once told me, "the truely great ones write their own music and lyrics, and then play and sing in a way that captivates the listener". fogelberg met that criteria his entire life. if you look beyond the commercial releases, you'll find that he could rock with the best of them. no nonsense, just pure talent. rock and roll hall of fame? you bet!!! although, i think that if dan had a choice between induction into the hall of fame, or playing for a crowd of 50 people in a colorado bar, he would choose the latter.

Posted by don on Wednesday, 12.3.08 @ 13:33pm


Ok, tomorrow is the 1 year mark of Dan's time here. Hall of Fame? I'd like to see his name there, those before him probably wont admit it, but sit wondering how he isn't there. It should leave a bitter taste in the mouth of any artist inducted already to see his talent over-looked.
Most people go to concerts to see an artist or group with a new hit, or a line of 1 hit CD's in a few year span. Dan fans went to see Dan for so much more. Nothing he played solo on stage was exactly like the record, and each song was done in a unique Dan way to make the song and music be more than you dreamed possible. No One, EVER has done a finer re-do of a recorded song live, than Dan Fogelberg playing Nexus. Someone his equal does not walk the face of this Earth, and never has. Had you seen him play it, you would understand, if you never had the pleasure, it is something priceless you'll never have accurately described in words. Don't put him in or put him in, I don't listen to nor rarely purchased much of what has been put there to date anyways..it matters not to me.

Posted by Rick on Monday, 12.15.08 @ 19:52pm


If it doesn't matter to you then why did you make a comment about it.

By the way he doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame, who did he actually influence.

Posted by Brian on Monday, 12.15.08 @ 20:41pm


It's pointless to argue about these things. They are pointless. Madonna is in the Hall of Fame for goodness sakes. True musicians understand the legacy of Fogelberg and obviously anyone who saw him concert does to. He composed and performed music that has influenced many artists that I've read about. If you were standed on an island for the rest of your life and said you could take one entertainer with one instrument to entertain you, Fogelberg would be a quick choice for those in the know. When you listen to Ray LaMontagne, or Amos Lee you can feel Fogelberg's influence.

Posted by Richard on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 18:40pm


Hall of Fame, or no Hall of Fame, the man could sing!!!!

Posted by ric on Saturday, 01.24.09 @ 14:50pm


Some don't think Dan is a Rocker. Have you seen him in concert? Have you seen him play one of the 15 instruments he can play? Have you heard "The Power of Gold??" or any of his songs where he says "OK, love ballads over and it's time TO RAISE THE ROOF OFF THIS PLACE!!!!!!" AND HE DOES...I was there about 6 concerts worth. He is a musical genius and can do any kind of genre of music and did. He had one of the most gorgeous voices and souls that EVER walked this earth. His songs ROCKED us OUT, made us conscious of the Earth, and made us laugh and made us cry, and he wrote every word of music and the melodys. I was number 3737 on Jean Fogelberg's Petition to get Dan inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame, and Dan's Legacy MUST be recognized. There will never be another
Daniel Grayling Fogelberg. We lost him way too soon. Just listen to anything by him. Just because he played ballads about love does not mean he couldn't Rock with the best of them.
Vote for him if you can at The Living Legacy.
Carol Pauls Marshall

Posted by Carol Pauls Marshall on Wednesday, 04.7.10 @ 15:35pm


Some don't think Dan is a Rocker. Have you seen him in concert? Have you seen him play one of the 15 instruments he can play? Have you heard "The Power of Gold??" or any of his songs where he says "OK, love ballads over and it's time TO RAISE THE ROOF OFF THIS PLACE!!!!!!" AND HE DOES...I was there about 6 concerts worth. He is a musical genius and can do any kind of genre of music and did. He had one of the most gorgeous voices and souls that EVER walked this earth. His songs ROCKED us OUT, made us conscious of the Earth, and made us laugh and made us cry, and he wrote every word of music and the melodys. I was number 3737 on Jean Fogelberg's Petition to get Dan inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame, and Dan's Legacy MUST be recognized. There will never be another
Daniel Grayling Fogelberg. We lost him way too soon. Just listen to anything by him. Just because he played ballads about love does not mean he couldn't Rock with the best of them.
Vote for him if you can at The Living Legacy.
Carol Pauls Marshall

Posted by Carol Pauls Marshall on Wednesday, 04.7.10 @ 15:35pm


Those who don't believe he belongs in the Hall simply do not know his music. I have to say though, that in many ways he may not belong. He played so much more than just rock. He had a depth that noone else has. Rock, ballads, classical, bluegrass, ballet and even bossa nova. In fact, perhaps they should start a new musical hall of fame for those who contributed more than just rock. But then again, if they did, Dan might well be the only inductee.

Posted by Terry on Monday, 11.8.10 @ 19:29pm


162 songs he wrote every one a hit i seen dan in 25 concerts since 1979 this man should be walking rite into the hall of fame he is a legend and his music will be around forever

Posted by mike on Saturday, 02.12.11 @ 23:39pm


I was at the hall of fame last spring but didn't have time to go in while it was open as I was working, but the thing is about the size of a drug store.

I saw Dan first in 76 at the Cap Center, DC; concert for Jerry Brown with Eagles, Jackson, Linda, what a show. Didn't know him at the time, just the one hit Part of the Plan, but he was so talented and such a fine singer I was hooked. People's biggest fear is to be embaressed, so those afraid to associate with someone that wrote beautiful songs will never know the breadth and depth of Dan's fantastic body of work. Too bad for them. Claptop's Tears in Heaven is one of the most beautiful, moving songs ever written, but no one would nor should disassociate themselves from Eric. How many fabulous ballads by the Beatles? Everyone has a few. Extreeme?
Just learn what you are talking about before you judge. I've been a musician for over 40 years so I know a little, and I believe Dan was Clearly the most gifted and accomplished musician of the rock era.

Posted by Alan Slawter on Saturday, 10.15.11 @ 20:58pm


The fact that neither Dan Fogelberg or Kenny Loggins is not in the Hall of Fame shows that they are under appreciated.Fogelberg and Loggins both are talented.They defined the 70s,80s and 90s.To me they shape all three decades.Fogelberg influenced Garth Brooks.Goodness they probably influenced many more including myself.

Posted by James on Monday, 11.21.11 @ 12:36pm


You tell them how it is Alan.No one wrote like Fogelberg and his first five album were all wrote by Dan Fogelberg himself and many of his albums were produced him and he even did his own art work.Fogelberg and Loggins should be in the Hall of Fame.Kenny Loggins wrote songs for other artists besides himself and people even covered his stuff.They both deserve to be in that Hall of Fame.If people do not indict him then the Halll of Fame is bogus.No one was even close to Dans league.Loggins was good,yet Fogelberg hardly ever co-wrote his stuff and never did till the 80s.

Posted by James on Monday, 11.21.11 @ 12:44pm


I agree with all of you. My cousin's aunt was a record producer at the Caribou Ranch Recording Studio in Nederlands, Colorado. We would go up there and watch all of this musicans really just play around. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall, Pure Prairie League, Sugarloaf, Emily Lou Harris, even Joe Walsh when he was still with the James Gang! But Mr. Fogelberg was just a marvelous gentleman and if we all look back very closely and learn he was a very young man while all of these people who surrounded him were quite a bit older than he was but everyone of them including Bernie Leadon who was once a member of the Eagles and the members of America will tell you that Dan Fogelberg was a great influence on their music. He should have been not only nominated into the Music Hall of Fame but he should have been inducted in to the Music Hall of Fame while he was still alive. How sad that he wasn't!

Posted by Don on Saturday, 03.31.12 @ 00:12am


I agree with don 12/03/08 comment. Yes, Dan Fogelberg would have much rather have performed in a Colorado bar perferably up in the Nederlands than being inducted in the Music Hall of Fame. One of his albums was titled "Nederlands" because he loved the town and the Caribou Ranch Recording Studio. We all miss him up here in Boulder and the Nederlands. He wasn't just a legend but he was what Colorado is and always will be. If John Denver is in or will be than you can't keep Mr. Fogleberg out. But whatever may come it was, "Part of the Plan".

Posted by Don on Saturday, 03.31.12 @ 00:22am


Gone but not forgotten....I would be nice if he was in!
Lets hope they do!

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 03.31.12 @ 00:42am


I feel politics plays heavily in induction rights; That it's a snobbish affair. In my opinion, Dan Fogelberg is "on par" with a musical luminaries such as Paul Simon, a virtual icon, as John Lennon is iconic and of the ages. Dan gave us stunningly introspective & savvy lyrics, and musical eloquence FEW can claim to have achieved. It's not because Dan is "known-for-Longer", or total dollars sold, his body of work (e.g. "Souvenirs")speaks for itself. There are behind-the-scenes agendas, attitudes, and bureaucracies uninterested in those "DESERVING".

As a kid I loved Paul Revere and the Raiders music, the turtles as well. Well loved, well sold, and iconic in my opinion, but seemingly not,cool enough, too commercial,or some other bullshit. The Dave Clark Five - should not be in the Hall? Seriously?

R&RHOF discredits itself and becomes a "clubbable" party with zero credibility. Dan fans, feel less poorly our guy hasn't been "honored". We are honored by the grace of his music for the time we had him, and as we listen to his viscerally technicolour offerings for the rest of our lives. My daughter of Twenty, my son of Seventeen are now Dan Fan's and will Likely pass his passionate tracks to their children as well.

Posted by Ron Kolman on Monday, 04.2.12 @ 17:29pm


Previous comment was rushed and sloppy. Sorry. Here you go:

I feel politics plays heavily in induction rights; That it's a snobbish affair. In my opinion, Dan Fogelberg is "on par" with a musical luminaries such as Paul Simon, a virtual icon, as John Lennon is iconic and of the ages. Dan gave us stunningly introspective & savvy lyrics, and musical eloquence FEW can claim to have achieved. It's not because Dan is "known-for-Longer", or total dollars sold, his body of work (e.g. "Souvenirs")speaks for itself. There are behind-the-scenes agendas, attitudes, and bureaucracies uninterested in those "DESERVING".

As a kid I loved Paul Revere and the Raiders music, the turtles as well. Well loved, well sold, and iconic in my opinion, but seemingly not,cool enough, too commercial,or some other bullshit. The Dave Clark Five - should not be in the Hall? Seriously?

R&RHOF discredits itself and becomes a "clubbable" party with zero credibility. Dan fans, feel less poorly our guy hasn't been "honored". We are honored by the grace of his music for the time we had him, and as we listen to his viscerally technicolour offerings for the rest of our lives. My daughter of Twenty, my son of Seventeen are now Dan Fan's and will Likely pass his passionate tracks to their children as well.

Posted by Ron Kolman on Monday, 04.2.12 @ 17:29pm

Posted by Ron Kolman on Monday, 04.2.12 @ 18:12pm


Look, I have been a fan of fogleberg since "Souvenirs" and "Captured Angeles" - his two best albums in my estimation by far. But the fact is, the body of his work does not measure up to most of the performers mentioned on this blog. I am sorry, but the Eagles? James Taylor? Really?

He was a good artist who made a significant contribution. But he isn't quire HOF caliber.

Posted by Ed on Friday, 02.15.13 @ 12:27pm


As good as Dan Fogelberg was (and, put simply, he was the absolute best musician to ever have walked the planet) his inclusion in the R&R Hall of Fame is of no importance to me.
Even at the peak of his commercial success in 1980 he remained a complete unknown here in Australia. What else would you expect from descendants of convicts!
Personally, I'll happily continue to appreciate his unmatched body of work without the need for cheap, glitzy (posthumous) accolades from an unqualified bunch of try-hards.

Posted by Dave Little on Tuesday, 05.14.13 @ 06:55am


Truly one of the greatest singer/writer/musician/human-who needs the hall of fame?

Posted by Timothy McBride on Sunday, 06.2.13 @ 14:32pm


i'm french and i've been listening dan fogelberg music for more than three decades and.....when i heard who was going to be the inductees this year , i don' t get it. someone is missing....maybe Ricky Martin or Justin Bieber. So just not to be ashamed more than you are already....do what's right and fair gents of the rock and roll hall of fame.

Posted by azedine on Friday, 10.11.13 @ 09:51am


Um, seriously? Hall of Fame material? Um, yeah, no. Longer pretty much tanked THAT. Hence, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Aleena on Friday, 12.20.13 @ 23:42pm


If you are interested you can visit our Facebook Page and sign the petition: Put Dan Fogelberg in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
So far thousands have....
Garth Brooks just promoted Dan's Music big time this week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as his major influence.
http://www.jsonline.com/…/nine-highlights-from-garth-brooks…



Posted by Azurine on Monday, 09.28.15 @ 20:51pm


Totally agree with Ed, above. Good musician who worked well in a genre. Not an innovator, not influential.

Posted by BornBandCreature on Tuesday, 05.17.16 @ 16:14pm


I read the previous comments and I would say the one word that is missing on why Dan Fogelberg is overlooked for now the past 19 years is jealousy. I think plain and simple some artists or industry 'insiders' are jealous as hell that Dan Fogelberg had a large following all his life . That he had a certain amount of independence in his career, wrote 162 of the 175 songs he recorded and called the shots on what music he wanted to do, not following but leading. What other top-selling American musician in the past 40 years has has kept a loyal fan base while doing folk. rock, pop, country, bluegrass and jazz with some bossa nova thrown in for fun? That he played so many instruments proficiently and well, so much so he recorded his last posthumous album by himself in his own recording studio in his home. That at the peak of his career he was breaking into the top 100 or top 40 of radio hits like clockwork. Not to mention he was good-looking and women adored him. Yep, that green-eyed monster jealousy is hiding in this R&R HoF travesty somewhere. That's my opinion. Oh and Ed, Brian and BornBandCreature, you don't know enough of his music to understand the level of influence and innovation Dan Fogelberg brought to recorded music. 'Worked well in A (single) genre'...try 7.

Posted by Em on Saturday, 08.27.16 @ 00:30am


Make that 8 genres. He wrote and performed some excellent blues...like 'Nature of the Game', 'Over and Over' and especially 'Road Beneath My Wheels'. He also knew and was trained in classical music. He could do it all extremely well. But just because he wasn't a R&R purist should not disqualify him from being recognized for the excellent work he did in that genre.

Posted by Em on Saturday, 08.27.16 @ 09:14am


People who haven't followed Fogelberg's remarkable career have no idea how multi-talented he actually was. Thousands of people had "Longer" played at their weddings throughout the country. He wrote "Power of Gold", an anthem that was used as the theme during the 1980 Olympic games and his song "Run for the Roses" was played during numerous Kenducky Derby races throughout the years. "Same ole Lang Syne".which some say is his most popular song, has been forever identified with Christmas and lost loves. The New York times just recently wrote an article regarding this. He wrote nearly all of his songs, was a fantastic musician, playing as many as 15 instruments. Listen to the album "Twin Sons of Different Mothers" he composed with Tim Weisburg to see how multi-talented he really was, which is mostly an instrumental album. His voice was also unique in the fact that he could sing the soft rock songs, but also was could change his tone to whatever the song called for. He could be bluesy and then rock out when it was needed in his songs. Dan wasn't about himself, and was more comfortable playing in a low-key environment just as much as he could in front of 50,000 fans. For god sakes, the man played at Carnegie Hall when he was in his twenties. He did not want to be stereotyped in his music style and snubbed his nose to the establishment in that manner. He needs to be given his due. Hopefully the people who run this "organization" will someday come to their senses and put him in.

Posted by James on Wednesday, 12.28.16 @ 10:33am


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