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Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the band (1981)

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“Leader of the Band” is a song written by Dan Fogelberg from his 1981 album The Innocent Age. The song was ...

“Leader of the Band” is a song written by Dan Fogelberg from his 1981 album The Innocent Age. The song was written as a tribute to his father, Lawrence Fogelberg, a musician and the leader of a band, who was still alive at the time the song was released. Lawrence died in August 1982, but not before this hit song made him a celebrity with numerous media interviews interested in him as its inspiration.

Released as a single at the end of 1981, the tribute peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1982. It became Fogelberg’s second #1 song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, following his 1980 hit “Longer”.

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