|August 13, 2022|
Jim Seals departs on a “Summer Breeze”
Jim Seals, who as part of the duo Seals and Crofts and crafted memorably wistful 1970s hits like “Summer Breeze” and “Diamond Girl,” died Monday at age 80 after a long illness. No cause of death was immediately given.
The duo stirred controversy in 1974 by recording an anti-abortion song, “Unborn Child,” as their album’s track in 1974 in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision. The belief that abortion was wrong came out of their shared Baha’i beliefs, and they released it over the objections of their label, Warner Bros.
The divisive song “was really just asking a question: What about the child?” Seals told the L.A. Times years later. “We were trying to say, ‘This is an important issue,’ that life is precious and that we don’t know enough about these things yet to make a judgment.
The duo broke up in 1980, followed by a couple of very fleeting reunions in the early ’90s and early 2000s, which generated only one album after their original run, the little-noticed “Traces” in 2004, They never reembarked together on the kind of nostalgia-stoking package tours that would have seemed a natural for an act with so many well-remembered hits. But neither member showed a particularly heavy interest in chasing the limelight after the 1970s, Variety reported.
Seals died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on June 6th after a long illness.
Story Date: June 12, 2022