Ballad of Dan Fogelberg
Dan Fogelberg success began just as the initial early 70's singer-songwriter boom was coming to an end. He held on through the mid-80's and then became a concert draw, occasionally making albums but living off the stage. As the year's went by, he became a whipping boy for the music crit-elite, often showing up on worst lists-either as a lyricist or for "Longer". To them he epitomized the worst of the wimpy 70's singer-songwriters. But I never cared. I find his Very Best of to be as listenable as any of the crit-elite's fave singer-songwriters. He was a guilty pleasure for sure. Love songs and sentimental odes aren't going to win you accolades. But they can win you long-term fans, and until the day he died Fogelberg kept his.