Diamond Girl is the fifth studio album by pop/folk duo Seals and Crofts. It was released in April 1973 on Warner Bros. Records. The album contains a number of different musical styles and themes. “Nine Houses” is one of two intimate, religious songs, which the band would often reserve for after concert performances. “Ruby Jean and Billie Lee” is another, written for their spouses, Ruby Jean Anderson (Seals) and Billie Lee Day (Crofts). The first verse is sung by Seals, and the second by Crofts, with both singing the chorus. Their children (Lua Crofts and Joshua Seals) are mentioned in the chorus.
Diamond Girl peaked at #4 on the U.S. album charts. Its title track “Diamond Girl” reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer and #13 in Canada. The follow-up single “We May Never Pass This Way (Again)” attained the #21 position late in the year (#33 in Canada).
“Diamond Girl” – 4:12 “Ruby Jean and Billie Lee” – 4:09 “Intone My Servant” – 3:04 “We May Never Pass This Way (Again)” – 4:17 “Nine Houses” – 7:00 “Standin’ on a Mountain Top” – 3:05 “It’s Gonna Come Down on You” – 4:40 “Jessica” – 2:56 “Dust on My Saddle” – 3:16 “Wisdom” – 4:26
Jim Seals – guitar, alto saxophone, vocals Dash Crofts – mandolins, vocals, Fender Rhodes electric piano Louie Shelton – guitar, producer David Paich – organ, piano Bobby Lichtig – bass, flute Wilton Felder – bass Jim Gordon – drums John Guerin – drums Harvey Mason – drums Jeff Porcaro – drums Bobbye Hall – percussion England Dan & John Ford Coley – backing vocals David Hassinger – engineer Steve Waldman – 2nd engineer Joseph Bogan – assistant engineer
James Eugene “Jim” Seals (October 17, 1941 – June 6, 2022) of the 1970’s soft rock duo Seals & Crofts has died at the age of 80. No details surrounding his death have been released.
Seals was born in Sidney, TX, in 1941. In the 1950s, he teamed up with fellow Texan Darrell “Dash” Crofts. They moved to California, where they wrote songs for other artists before striking gold with their music. They are best known for their Hot 100 #6 hits “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” and “Get Closer.”
Seals and Crofts signed a contract with Warner Bros. Records in August 1971. Their first album with their new label did not break into the charts, but their second album, Summer Breeze, charted at #7 in 1972. It sold over a million copies. The duo disbanded in 1980.
Seals has long been a public advocate of the Bahá’í Faith. Seals is the brother of “England” Dan Seals, of England Dan & John Ford Coley.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruby Jean and three children, Joshua, Juliette, and Sutherland.
This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.
We continue with the completion of letter I and J and start the K list and feature music from: David Bowie, Queen, Seals and Crofts, Allman Brothers Band, Argent, Spinners, Baby Washington, Jim Croce, Bruce Springsteen, Electric Light Orchestra, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Chicago and many more.
Unborn Child is the sixth studio album by American pop/folk duo Seals and Crofts. It included two low-charting singles, the title track (which reached #66) and “The King of Nothing”, which reached #60.
The project originated when Lana Bogan, wife of recording engineer Joseph Bogan, watched a TV documentary on abortion and she was inspired to write a poem from the perspective of the terminated fetus.
According to Dash Crofts, Warner Bros. tried to warn them not to release the album, because the subject of abortion was highly controversial, but neither Seals nor Crofts cared about the money, because they were doing the record to save lives while Warners was in the business to make money. Furthermore, the duo insisted that the song’s message was to not take life too lightly, but rather to consider it before even carrying out the procedure of abortion.
Despite Warners’ warnings, the album was released in February 1974 and the label’s worst fears came true: the title track was deemed controversial at the time because of its pro-life stance and as a result, Unborn Child hurt the duo’s popularity and it was criticized by music critics. According to Bill de Young, the duo crossed the thin line that separated their music from the Baha’i faith, a religion that disapproves of abortion, and abortion-rights advocates boycotted the album and the duo’s concerts. – Wikipedia
‘ll Play For You is Seals & Crofts’ seventh studio album. The title cut reached #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary charts in the summer of 1975. It was equally successful in Canada (Pop #28, AC #2). It also charted in New Zealand (#30). “Castles in the Sand” also charted in both nations, peaking at #21 U.S. AC. – Wikipedia