Leader of the Band
|"Leader of the Band"|
|Single by Dan Fogelberg|
|from the album The Innocent Age|
|B-side||"Times Like These"|
|Producer(s)||Dan Fogelberg, Marty Lewis|
|Dan Fogelberg singles chronology|
"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".
Zac Brown recorded this song in 2017 as part of a tribute album to Dan Fogelberg. He also dedicated it to his father.
|US Billboard Hot 100||9|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
- "Dan Fogelberg Official Website Frequently Asked Questions (As answered in 2003)". 2003. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
"Leader of the Band" was written for my father Lawrence Fogelberg who was a musician, educator, and band leader. I was so gratified that I was able to give him that song before he passed on.
- Fogelberg, Dan. "FAQ's". danfogelberg.com. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
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- "Dan Fogelberg Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
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