Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Dan Fogelberg
Birth: Aug. 13, 1951
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 2007
Deer Isle
Hancock County
Maine, USA

Musician, Songwriter. He will be best remembered for his late 1970s early 1980s soft-rock hits "Longer" (1980) and "Leader of the Band" (1981). Born Daniel Grayling Fogelberg into a musically-inclined family, his father was a bandleader, his mother a Scottish immigrant was a classically-trained pianist. During his youth, he taught himself how to play the guitar, in addition to taking piano lessons and started his first band while a teenager, under the influence of The Beatles. By his senior year in high school, he focused on art and theater and following graduation, he attended the University of Illinois where he majored in Theater. Dan gravitated back to music after dropping out of college in 1971 and performed in local cafes. He landed a record contract and released his debut effort "Home Free" (1972) while also during this time period he worked as a session musician for numerous artists among them Jackson Browne and Joe Walsh. His second album "Souvenirs" (1974) included his first pop-chart placing with "Part of the Plan" (reaching number 31 in 1975) and after his initial pairing with flutist Tim Weisberg the result was the Top-30 single "The Power of Gold" (1978). The tear jerker "Longer" from the album "Phoenix" (1979) earned him a number 2 spot on the pop charts in early 1980 and "Same Old Lang Syne" from the album "Innocent Age" (1980) peaked at number 9 in lateof that year. The 1981 album "Times Like These" featured the hit "Leader of the Band" which was a sentimental tribute to his father and that same year "Run For the Roses" was released as a single from the "Innocent Age" album. Dan's last chart placing was the 1985 hit "The Language of Love" which reached number 13. He remained active over the last two decades recording and touring until he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2004. He succumbed from the disease in 2007 at the age of 56 leaving behind more than 30 years of heartfelt recordings. (bio by: C.S.) 

Cause of death: Prostate cancer
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered off the coast of Maine
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Dec 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23428022
Dan Fogelberg
Added by: Erik Lander
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Just finished listening to Leader of the band. Great lyrics and music. Bless you Dan.
- David Nelson
 Added: Jan. 7, 2017

- Virginia Lee Young
 Added: Dec. 30, 2016
Eternally loved & missed. Til we meet again I will cherish your time here & the many beautiful ways you touched lives my dear friend. I will always & forever love you.
- Raven Hair
 Added: Dec. 24, 2016
There are 1,770 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.6 after 467 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service