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The seeds of one of classic rock’s most pleasant sounding duos were sown when Dan Seals and John Colley first met in high school in Dallas, Texas during the early 1960s.

Dan Seals was born February 8, 1950, in McCamey, Texas. To say that he came from a musical family would be an understatement. He was the son of E. W. “Waylon” Seals, a pipe fitter and repairman for Shell Oil who also played guitar and bass, and was a member of bands led by Ernest Tubb and Bob Wills. By the time he was four, Dan had learned to play upright bass and soon after he was playing in the family band. His older brother, Jim Seals recorded a hit single called “Tequilla”, as a member of the Champs from 1958 thru the mid-1960s, then as one half of the duo “Seals And Croft”. His other brothers included successful country musicians Eddie Seals (of Eddie and Joe), while his cousins included composers Chuck Seals (author of “Crazy Arms”) and Troy Seals, Brady Seals (of Little Texas), and country singer Johnny Duncan.

John Colley, born October 13th 1951, was a classically trained pianist. The two began working together as members of local cover bands, including Playboys Five and Theze Few. They recorded a series of demos in Nashville as The Shimmerers, but their prospects ended with the death of their producer, before he could secure a recording deal for them.

It was as members of a group called Southwest F.O.B. (Freight On Board) that the two first paired off as a formal duo.

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