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It’s been eight years since we lost Dan, but his legacy is still going strong, thanks to all of you. Now we have some very exciting news to share with you: after five and a half years, the last vocal for the tribute CD has finally been recorded!

It’s been a long time coming, and you’ve been very patient, but now it’s all happening, and we’ll be sharing more details soon.

An article by Steve Cowan

"For several months I tried to figure out a way to approach Dan. I wanted to talk with him about music--and his music in particular. I wanted to find out what drove him, why he had written his songs. He lived on the north side of the University of Illinois campus, in a small basement apartment, so I showed up one night and knocked on his door. When the door opened, he looked at me and I asked, "Can we talk?" He said only, "Come on in." I first noticed a copy of James Joyce's Dubliners lying open on the linoleum floor of the entryway; maybe he had been reading. But when he invited me to sit down with him on the living room floor, I noticed his guitar out of the case. He'd been working on a song." Read more...

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The Prostate Cancer Foundation sold out of this year's holiday cards - twice! Thank you so much for your support, all proceeds go toward research in Dan's name.

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Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend Re-cap

It's hard to believe it's been over a month since our event. Time has flown by! The weekend was absolutely fabulous and we had a lot of our regular attendees tell us that it was the best celebration yet! The weather was absolutely perfect the whole weekend. It was so much fun to celebrate Dan Fogelberg Day by watching Greetings From The West on the giant screen at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Thursday night. We always thought of Dan as "bigger than life" and having Dan on the giant screen, well, that was a sight to see. We loved it so much that we look forward to doing it again!

We had a lovely, sacred dedication ceremoney for the "Let It Shine" plaque at the Peoria Heights Observation Tower Friday morning. Mary and Bob Ritter sang "Gambler" after the blessing and then the attendees each came up to view the plaque and then reflected their gratitude for Dan and the gifts he left us by scattering rose petals on the wind. It was a touching event. Thank you again to those of you who contributed to make this a reality.

Friday evening's concert at the Gateway Building with Steve Rodman and Rodman Rail was full of high energy, a lot of love and comradery! We had a lot of new DanFans at our event this year and we believe they felt well embraced and welcomed! Everyone was up on their feet, singing, dancing and hugging all night! The venue was the perfect place for the concert. One of the many highlights of the evening was the performance of the song "A Voice For Peace" and everyone was signing along with all their hearts. It was beautiful!


The Saturday afternoon picnic was fun as always. The blessing was very uplifting and Mary and Bob Ritter sang "The Higher You Climb." This year we had food catered and served by Connie Randall with A Matter of Taste Catering. It was a huge hit and we look forward to working with Connie again in the future. Everyone always enjoys taking photos of the memorial, paying their respects and gathering to sing some of Dan's songs.

Thanks to all of you who attended this year's event. It is always so rewarding to witness a demonstration of the love fans have for Dan and the love they have for each other as kindred spirits who understand the depth of the gifts he shared with us. Since Dan didn't have any children, we know each DanFan takes their role of being a living legacy to his music very sacredly, as we do, and we so enjoy having the opportunity to bring everyone together to celebrate Dan. We look forward to expanding our vision farther in the near future.

Ever On...
Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria
Hugh Higgins, Deb Jelinek and Eric Mills, co-founders

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Wishing Dan a happy birthday, wishing he were here to celebrate with us, but grateful he was born and that we will always have his music.

"Now there’s a meal on the table and a fire in the stove
And a candle burning brightly by the stairway
And a lamp in the window that shines out to sea
And I wish so much tonight that you were here with me

Now the moon is in danger of running aground
As she sweeps the tattered clouds above the island
And the stars lay like diamonds on the breast of the sea
And I wonder where you are and if you’re thinking of me" ~ Reach Haven Postcard

Photo ©Henry Diltz, all rights reserved.

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Shot during the filming of the "Rhythm Of The Rain" video. That's The Waters in the background, ready to lay down their background vocals. Don't know who the pretty Native American ladies are, but Dan doesn't seem to be minding the interruption.

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If you're going to be in Dublin, Ireland on April 16th, stop in to The Sugar Club at 7:00pm to catch "The Reach", the Irish tribute band, playing Dan's music.Their set list includes:

The Spirit Trail
Rhythm Of The Rain
Over and Over
The Reach
Sand and the Foam
The Wild Places
Make Love Stay
Statesboro Blues
Missing You
Same Old Lang Syne
The Leader of the Band

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The Illinois House State Government Administration Committee has approved a resolution designating Dan's birthday, August 13th, as "Dan Fogelberg Day". The resolution was spearheaded by Danville, IL musician and tribute artist Steven Rodman and sponsored by state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, Micheal Unes, David Leitch and Jehan Gordon-Booth.

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A note from Jean Fogelberg

So many emotions tonight. Dan’s oasis in the Colorado Rockies, his amazing ranch, has sold. Read more...

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Every few years I give the website a new design to keep it fresh and engaging. I hope you like it - there are new photos of Dan, new drawings, paintings, photography, and a previously unreleased live recording of "Same Old Lang Syne" on the homepage. The background image is a Henry Diltz photo of you, the fans, because you were always out there, attending the concerts, buying the music and,when the unimaginable happened, writing letters and emails to encourage Dan and let him know what his music meant to you.

When Dan and I first created danfogelberg.com together in 2003, we wanted to create a website where you could get the latest news and information. We posted the 2003 tour schedule and photos from the road and, a year later, we announced the cancellation of the 2004 Fall tour because of the cancer diagnosis. On his birthday in 2005 Dan was able to thank you for your love and support and then, on December 16th, 2007, I wrote to let you know that Dan had cast off the earthly bonds that, really, had barely held him here for most of his life. On the day before Dan's birthday in 2008 I was able to let you know ahead of time to play The Reach and think of Dan on the 13th, so when it dawned a perfect, calm day on Eggemoggin Reach, we were all connected and sending a powerful message into the universe as I scattered his ashes while "The Reach" played.

It's been seven years since he left us, but his legacy endures through his amazing body of work. As I continue on with the website, my goal is to keep you informed about projects, articles, and events honoring Dan. Even more than this, though, I hope the interviews, photos, and artwork will give you a deeper glimpse into the amazing man he was and the full spectrum of his creative talents.

Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year,
Jean Fogelberg

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Norbet Putnam, Florence Warner, and Dan during the recording of Home Free.

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Dear Jean,
My name is Rosalie Hodgson and I live in Colorado Springs. This was meant to be a “thank you” to your husband back in 1982 but I could never find the right time or the right words under the circumstances. So, please forgive the intrusion but it is now time that I finally thanked him - through you. In 1982 I was a student at Colorado State University. I, along with three friends, drove to Boulder on January 26, 1982 to attend a Dan Fogelberg concert (he was scheduled to play in November of the previous year but got sick).

Another friend by the name of Diane, drove up from Colorado Springs to meet us. She was crazy about Dan’s music, as we all were, but she was truly a die hard fan. She wrote beautiful poetry and felt a connection to Dan's lyrics. Diane had also been a student at CSU and we all lived on the same floor our freshman year, but she dropped out and moved back home as she hadn’t been happy. She knew all the lyrics to his songs and “The Leader of the Band” was a personal favorite as it reminded her of her father. We were all so excited for the show and especially to see Diane again. It was so wonderful to see her smile and come alive with his music.

For nearly two hours (maybe more) we sang, laughed, and even shed a tear or two. One of Dan’s last songs was “Leader of the Band”. During the song, Diane leaned over to us and said, “I hope I never die before I tell all those people how much I love them - I love you guys!!!” to which we all replied, “ We love you too Di!” As we walked back to the car after the concert, a drunk driver swerved into our group as we were crossing a side street. Our friend died that night at Boulder Community Hospital - she was just 19 years old. Our lives were forever changed.

I wanted to write to Dan and tell him how so incredibly happy he made her that night and how happy we all were together listening to his amazing voice, which was a gift that he seemed always so gracious to share with the world. However, I wasn’t able to express all my emotions then and didn’t even know where I’d send the letter and then, he too died an untimely death. So, please forgive my awkward email but I needed to bring this full circle. I have been writing this for almost 33 years and the time seemed right to send this. The rest of us have remained friends and always keep Diane in our hearts. Dan Fogelberg was a rare soul in this world - thank you Dan for making a difference.


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October 16, 2006

Dear Dan: Though you never knew, for many years before you recorded my song, YOU were my idol. Your sensitive lyrics and wildly, grand arrangements spoke to me in a way that always sent a thrill through me. The first time I heard "Leader of the Band", I was awash in tears. Having had a not so great relationship with my own Dad, it touched me in ways that I can't even really explain. So, there really is no way that I can put into words the feelings that went through me when my good friend, Len Green called me and he said, quote: "John, you won't believe me when I tell you this but Dan Fogelberg has recorded your song and from the looks of the full page ad in Billboard, it looks like the push cut/single from the album.” I was floored, stunned. I told Len, "You must be kidding, he never records other peoples songs". Well, I have the chart on my wall from Billboard, week ending November 17th, 1990 and there sits my song at #1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart. To this day, hundreds of people have recorded "Rhythm of the Rain" but none have ever, and I mean NO ONE has ever done it better than you. I always felt my own recording of it, huge as it was, was weird as it's really a sad song about lost love and here we are doing it spritely and uptempo. Back to your music though. Seems in all the music you write, nature plays a great role. Also, your style, the chord changes you use; there is so much spirituality and power in what you do. Netherlands just blew me away, I even have Twin Sons of Different Mothers. It would take me way too long to make a list of my favorites. I've tried in vain to emulate what you do or even come close, but I've resigned myself at the ripe old age of 68, that I probably never will.

To finish: You have no idea what a thrill it was for me to chat with you for a few minutes back stage at the Greek. I was so in awe to be in your presence and was so nervous I never really got to say all that I wanted to, so hope this email makes up for it. I'm so saddened to hear of your plight and all I can say is "Keep up the Good Fight”. The world needs more of you and more of what you do. Get well and get back in the studio again. From the deepest part of me, Thank you so much for YOUR wonderful music and thanks for doing such a great job with MINE.


John Claude Gummoe
Composer of "Rhythm of the Rain", lead singer with The Cascades

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"Part of the Plan, a new musical featuring the music of late songwriter Dan Fogelberg, will receive a New York City staged reading under the direction of two-time Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, according to an Equity casting notice." Read the rest of the article.

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The Colorado Music Hall of Fame has decided to wait for the tribute CD to be completed before inducting Dan. We have one very busy, but important, group that needs to finish their vocals before that can happen. All we can do is wait - we all, Sony included, feel they are worth waiting for. The CMHF will then find out when Joe Walsh will be able to attend. Right now, they are hoping for @March/April 2015. Inductees will include Dan, Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, and Caribou Ranch.

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You can get all the news and chat with other DanFans on our Facebook page.

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Dan at piano

From one of Dan's old contact sheets. Sometimes contact sheets with photographs of other people will have a shot or two of Dan - the photographer relinquishing the camera. The results are mixed and always interesteing, capturing a moment in time.

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In 2006, Service Department Manager Eric Ferguson handed Dan a letter his 10-year-old daughter, Grace, had written to Dan, asking about the lyrics to "Same Old Lang Syne".

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dan clan

Thanks to John Mabee and Alison Daley for this photo of 15 year old Dan performing with "The Clan" in 1966 at the Illinois State Fair Battle of the Bands in Springfield. Here they're performing a song after they won first place, you can see the other bands in the background packing up. A nice blast from the past!

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"Today Dan would have turned 61 years old, and I thought a good way to celebrate would be to go back to that conversation I had with him 18 years ago and share a few of his thoughts on his early albums - including The Innocent Age which, unbelievably, turned 30 last year." Read the article...

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"Yet music kept calling, this time in the form of a kindred soul, musician Peter Berkow, who ran a little folk music club called The Red Herring. Berkow invited him to perform, and before long Fogelberg was a cherished part of the burgeoning coffee house scene. 'I started meeting like-minded people, musicians who were bright and well read, and I realized that I was finally free of the provincialism of high school' He started playing his own songs, and the spirit of the scene shifted from politics to music:'The Red Herring went from being a hide-out for pinko leftists who were plotting the overthrow of the government to a really creative musical scene. And it started packing people in.'"

Photo courtesy Jean Fogelberg - Dan revisiting The Red Herring in April of 2003.

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Is it in their DNA? Possibly a “creative genius” gene that science has yet to discover? Or is it an otherwordly gift – one that is physically untraceable? Perhaps it’s just an excellent work ethic. How best do we explain these iconic songwriter/musicians who seem to have enough talent left over to create masterful work in an entirely different medium? Apparently there is something tying the audio and visual arts together – a place in the universe where sight and sound inspirations collide.

In celebration of this mystery, Rock Cellar Magazine presents our second photo essay in a series: 8 MORE musicians who also happen to be darn good visual artists. Read the rest of the article...

backpage magazine

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Michael McDonald


A tribute CD featuring legendary and soon-to-be-legendary recording artists is underway to honor Dan. Each artist will record the Dan Fogelberg song of their choosing. Produced by Dan's long-time associates and friends Norbert Putnam, Irving Azoff, Chuck Morris, and Dan's wife Jean Fogelberg, the CD will be distributed and promoted by Sony Legacy Recordings. All profits will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to develop new, more precise testing. No date of completion yet, there are many artist schedules to work around, but it's coming together!

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Dan Petition

Thanks to everyone who has recommended, liked, posted, tweeted, emailed, and shared. We currently have over 42,000 signatures! We'll keep you informed about our progress as we continue to navigate through the proper channels at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the meantime, we'll leave the petition up and continue submitting it until the powers that be finally acknowledge Dan's talent and contribution to popular music.

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Lydia Hutchinson of "Performing Songwriter" wrote a beautiful and heartfelt tribute in memory of Dan.

Give it a listen: http://performingsongwriter.com/dan-fogelberg-tribute/

Lydia and Dan

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August 27-28, 2010
Peoria, Illinois

Art & Society Magazine

The Family of Dan
What a magical weekend! It felt more like a family reunion than a memorial. On Friday night we took over the Hotel Pere Marquette’s Ballroom and celebrated Dan’s life and music and met new friends. Deb and I had originally come up with the idea of the Welcome Party because Hugh told us that there wasn’t time for all of the musicians who wanted to be in the tribute concert to play at it. So we thought, “Let’s have a little party the night before where those musicians can play, and it will give everyone coming from out-of-town another event to go to”. Dan and I always stayed at the Pere Marquette, so that seemed like a logical choice. When the catering manager asked how many people we thought we’d have, we said, “Oh, a hundred, maybe as many as two hundred....?”! Read the rest of the article.
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The April 2010 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine editorial on Dan's love of Maine: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/2010/03/wild-child/

pmm magazine


(For those of you who only just found out that we lost Dan in December of 2007). Go to the bottom of the page to start at the beginning.

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December 16, 2007

Dear friends,

Dan left us this morning at 6:00am . He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity, and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.

A message from Jean

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August 13, 2005
A personal letter from D.F.

I cannot adequately express my gratitude to all of the thousands of wonderful people who have sent us such incredibly moving and supportive e-mails via the Living Legacy web site. I am quite certain that the love and prayers that have been directed to us from all over the world have had a tangible and potent healing effect. It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years. Each one of you who have taken the time and effort to reach out to Jean and I have helped immeasurably to uplift our spirits and keep us looking strongly forward during some very rough moments.

I currently have no plans to return to the concert stage or the recording studio in the foreseeable future, but who knows? At least for now, I prefer to keep my options open.

Again my deepest thanks and love to all,


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Dan received over 10,000 good wishes, prayers, & stories from people telling him how his music had touched, enriched, and even saved their lives.

August 15, 2004

"DanFogelberg.com regrets to announce the cancellation of the Fall 2004 Solo Acoustic Tour. Dan has been recently diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and has entered treatment. He apologizes for any inconvenience the cancellation of the concerts may cause his fans. Dan is confident he will be able to fight this illness. Your prayers, good wishes and positive thoughts will be very much appreciated."

This page updated on
January 24th, 2016


Red Rocks
Performers Hall of Fame

Dan Fogelberg was voted into the Red Rocks Performers Hall of Fame as one of the ten initial inductees. Other inductees include Sting, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Lily Pons, The Grateful Dead, U-2, Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

"It's a genuine honor to be recognized by both the fans and by Red Rocks Amphitheater as a Hall of Fame inductee. What makes this tribute special is that the fans take enormous pride and ownership in 'their' Red Rocks. To be part of this select group of initial inductees is to be part of the legend that personifies Red Rocks."


Pete Huttlinger DVD


C.F. Martin's book Martin Guitar Masterpieces features the D-41DF Dan Fogelberg Signature Edition model Martin Guitar honoring Dan Fogelberg.

Others who have been honored with Martin custom-designed instruments include: Eric Clapton, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Stephen Stills, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Don McLean, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Hank Williams, Mark Knopfler, Arlo Guthrie and Woody Guthrie.

The Fogelberg Signature guitar features a mahogany neck, an ebony fingerboard, accents of abalone pearl and gold-plated tuning knobs. Dan Fogelberg's signature is inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets and his autograph appears on a card affixed inside the body. At Dan's request, a portion of the proceeds have been donated to the World Wildlife Fund, an international conservation organization.






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