With six platinum records and a slew of hit singles to his name, Dan Fogelberg was one of the most prominent singer/songwriters of the 1970s and 1980s. He was born in Peoria, Illinois, where he grew up in a musically-inclined family. After college, Fogelberg bounced around the country, honing his songwriting chops in Los Angeles and then performing as a session musician around Nashville. A debut album flew under the radar, but with the release of the Joe Walsh-produced Souvenirs in 1974, Fogelberg's custom mix of singer/songwriter folk and sweeping soft rock had become a sensation throughout the US. Chart-topping singles such as "Longer" and "Leader of the Band" would later go on to become some of the biggest in a long line of successes. Fogelberg remained active right up until his long fight with prostate cancer, which ultimately took his life in 2007.