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Leader Of The Band


Dan Fogelberg

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This is one of Fogelberg's most personal songs. It's a tribute to his father, who was a high school band director. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
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On February 28th 1982, "Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg peaked at #9 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 22nd, 1981 at position #81 and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
And on January 31st it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (also peaked at #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart)...
Was his third in a string of three straight records to make the Top 10; started with "Same Old Lang Syne" (#9), then "Hard To Say" (#7), and finally his one...
R.I.P Mr. Fogelberg (1951 - 2007).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
This song reminds me of my dad. He used to always play this song when I was young. He played it over and over when his dad passed away. I get very emotional when I hear this song for a lot of reasons. Great song.
- Brett, Piketon, OH
As I choke back the tears I think of my dad, a musician who taught me to play. He died last June 1st, I played the guitar softly as he slipped further. He gained enough strength to play a song with me and died two days later. He was always the leader of the band, I guess because they practiced at the house, he did most of the singing, front man, supplied most of the equipment, hauled it, set it up, tore it down. I helped, later played drums in his band. He taught me bass, then guitar. I'm 60, he died at 83. Dad I didn't say "I love you" enough. GOD I MISS HIM! What a GREAT song, thank you.
- Smiley, Harrisonburg, VA
"My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man." What a wonderful lyric.
- Jeff, Beverly hills, MA
I am the only child my Father had. Even though I am a female this songs fits both my Father and I. He was also a Cabinet maker and the last vacation he ever took was to come to Colorado. He tried to raise me like a boy, showing me how to make wooden hammer handles and doing carpentry work.
- Nancy Hopper, Crothersville, IN
This is probably the greatest love song of all time that isn't about sexual love. I think a lot of men especially can relate to the feeling that we struggle to be half the man our father is. When you add the fact that fathers and sons often have difficulty expressing their feelings for each other, a song like this has an amazing ability to evoke those emotions.
- Jeff, Boston, MA
I haven't almost been a fan...I have been a fan for YEARS. Dan was one of the major musicians of my college years. There isn't a song more poignant to me than Leader of the Band. Dan was sheer brilliance.
- Melanie, Martin, TN
I've almost been a fan of Dan Fogelberg. But I noticed he wasn't all that popular until after his death. This site had two of his songs on, now there are several. It's a shame a great artist isn't recognized until he's gone.
We love you Dan!
- Mary, Yuma, AZ
Fogelberg was great in the songs that he did
- mixermatt, Bloomington, MN
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