Dan Fogelberg’s 1973 Martin Guitar on Temporary Exhibit

For anyone growing up in American between the 1970s and 90s, Dan Fogelberg’s music would have been on your play list.  Some of his most recognized hits include “Longer” (1979), “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Leader of the Band” (both in 1981), and “Rhythm of the Rain” (1990).

Fogelberg was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois to musician parents.  After graduating from high school in 1969, he attended the University of Illinois, majoring in theater arts and painting.  He began performing as a solo acoustic player at “The Red Herring” in 1971 and was discovered by Irving Azoff, who became his promoter.  Fogelberg’s first solo recordings were made at the Red Herring as part of the University’s folk festival in 1971.

Fogelberg’s favorite guitar, named “Buck” and temporarily loaned to the Sousa Archives for its Spaces Speak exhibition, was used almost exclusively for composing and recording purposes. Fogelberg likely played this “Dreadnought” guitar during his 1976 performance at the Virginia Theater and his 1981 and 1993 performances at the Assembly Hall.  The guitar’s top is made of cedar, its sides and back are Indian rosewood, and its neck is mahogany with an ebony fingerboard and abalone inlays.

For further information about this exciting addition to the Center’s exhibit about Champaign-Urbana’s extraordinary music scene or to schedule a tour email schwrtzs@illinois.edu or call 217-333-4577.

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