NEW YORK – Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits “Leader of the Band” and “Same Old Lang Syne” helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.
His death was announced in a statement released by his family through the firm Scoop Marketing, and it was posted on the singer’s Web site.
Fogelberg discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. In a statement then, he thanked fans for their support.
Fogelberg’s music was in the vein of fellow sensitive singer-songwriters James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and was powerful in its simplicity.
Fogelberg’s heyday was in the 1970s and early ‘80s, when he scored several platinum and multiplatinum records, fueled by such hits as “The Power of Gold” and “Leader of the Band,” a tribute to his father, a bandleader.
Among his more popular albums were “Nether Lands,” which included the song “Dancing Shoes,” and “Phoenix,” which had one of his biggest hits, “Longer,” a song about enduring love.
Later in his career, he wrote material that focused on the state of the environment. His last album was 2003’s “Full Circle,” his first album of original material in a decade.