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December 17, 2007



Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died of prostate cancer yesterday at his home in Maine.

Mr. Fogelberg discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004.

His music was in the vein of fellow sensitive singer-songwriters James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and was powerful in its simplicity.

He didn't rely on the volume of his voice to convey his emotions; instead, they came through in the soft, tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Songs like "Same Old Lang Syne" - in which a man reminisces after meeting an old girlfriend by chance during the holidays - became classics not only because of his performance, but for the engaging story line, as well.

Mr. Fogelberg's heyday was in the 1970s and early 1980s, when he scored several platinum and multiplatinum records, fueled by such hits as "The Power of Gold" and "Leader of the Band," a touching tribute he wrote to his father, a bandleader. Mr. Fogelberg put out his first album in 1972.

Among his more popular albums were Nether Lands, which included the song "Dancing Shoes," and Phoenix, which had one of his biggest hits, "Longer."

Later in his career, he wrote material that focused on the state of the environment, an issue close to his heart. His last album was 2003's Full Circle, his first album of original material in a decade.

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