Seals, along with musical companion Darrell “Dash” Crofts, was finest identified for hits reminiscent of “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl” and “Get Closer.”

Announcing his loss of life on social media, Seals’ relative Brady Seals — himself a singer-songwriter — wrote: “I simply realized that James ‘Jimmy’ Seals has handed. My coronary heart simply breaks for his spouse Ruby and their kids. Please maintain them in your prayers. What an unimaginable legacy he leaves behind.”

The musical duo — who met in their native Texas as their teenagers — obtained collectively within the late Nineteen Sixties, in keeping with the UK’s PA Media information company. They ranked amongst a wave of soft-rock teams of the period, together with Hall & Oates, America and Bread, in addition to England Dan & John Ford Coley.

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The pair cut up in 1980 however reunited in 1991 and then once more in 2004, once they launched their closing album, “Traces.”

Coley additionally took to social media to pay tribute to Seals, whose youthful brother Dan was his musical companion.  a prolonged piece posted to Facebook on Tuesday, he wrote: “Jimmy Seals handed away as we speak. I spent a big portion of my musical life with this man. We toured collectively, he and Dash invited us to sing on Seals and Crofts information, and we performed with him for years.”

Describing Seals as a “dyed within the wool musical genius,” Coley added: “He belonged to a bunch that was one of a form. I’m very unhappy over this however I’ve some of the very best recollections of all of us collectively.”

Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band tweeted: “RIP Jim Seals So lengthy pal, thanks for all the attractive music. – Steve.”

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