DT: APRIL 11, 2023



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Photo Credit: Gwendolen Cates

“Warmest congratulations to Bob McDill on receiving this great honor as one of the 2023 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. We also extend our congratulations to Bob’s co-inductees, Patty Loveless and Tanya Tucker.”

The Dan Seals Estate- immediate family: widow Andrea, children: Jim, Holley & Jesse.

“Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold),” a song co-written by Dan Seals and Bob McDill, is described as having been Dan’s personal anthem and probably the most important song they wrote together. Seals was once quoted as saying: “Working with McDill is like sitting at the master’s feet. He’s incredible.” (Deseret News, Mar 15,1991)

Watch this live performance HERE of Dan Seals singing “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold),” as part of the “Ryman Country Homecoming” show.

Producer Kyle Lehning says: “Every time Danny would come back from writing with you, Bob, we knew it would be special. ‘Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold,’ among many others, being the proof. Congratulations on your induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Well done and well-deserved.”

Tony Gottlieb, Dan’s longtime manager, recalls that “Dan would often say ‘writing with Bob was so easy, that it felt like God finished the songs for them.’ But often, I couldn’t figure out what Dan and Bob liked better, writing songs or going fly-fishing together.”

Additional songs co-written with McDill and recorded by Seals are:

  • “My Baby’s Got Good Timing – (1984, Capitol Records, Album: San Antone – Peaked at #2 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) and in #2 Canada)
  • “She’s Leavin” – (1984, Capitol Records, Album: San Antone)
  • “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)” – (1985, Capitol Records, Album: “Won’t Be Blue Anymore”- Single Charted at #1 in the US and Canada)
  • “Long Long Island Nights” – (1988, Capitol Records, Album: Rage On)
  • “Big Wheels In The Moonlight” – (1988, Capitol Records, Album: “Rage On” – #1, US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)
  • “They Rage On” – (1989, Capitol Records, Album: Rage On – Peaked at #5 on the Billboard Country Chart)
  • “Bordertown” – (1990, Capitol Records, Album: On Arrival)

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About Dan Seals:

Dan Seals was a Country & Pop/Rock musician. He was known initially as “England Dan“, in the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, which he formed with his childhood friend John Coley. As a duo, they charted nine singles on the Billboard Top 40 chart between 1976 and 1980, including the iconic hit “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight“.

In 1980, Dan pursued a solo career after signing with Capitol Records & moving to Nashville to return to his Country roots. Starting with his debut album on Capitol, “Rebel Heart“, Dan achieved a string of 20+ consecutive Top 10’s across 16 albums including 11 of which went to number one. Some of the notable singles include his CMA award winning duet with Marie Osmond Meet Me in Montana,” Grammy nominated “Addicted,” his cover of Sam Cooke’s Good Times” three weeks at #1 and the CMA Award winning, Pop crossover, Number 2 most played Country song of the 1980s hit “Bop” Following the release of his charting 1991 album Walking The Wire he continued recording solo, later touring with his brother Jim (Seals and Crofts) as Seals & Seals.

In 2009, Dan unfortunately passed away from mantle cell Lymphoma but his legacy lives on as is clearly being recognized through Bob McDill’s wonderful achievement.