Jim Seals, Co-Founder of “Summer Breeze” Dead at 80

The "Summer Breeze" co-founder of Seals and Crofts has died at the age of 80

Seals and Crofts' primary singer, Jim Seals, died at the age of 80

He pioneered the summery soft rock sound that came to define easy listening in the 1970s

Variety reports that his passing was confirmed by multiple people, including his cousin Brady Seals

The news that Jimmy Seals has passed just reached me," he said

He leaves behind an incredible legacy." The cause of death has not yet been released.

Seals' musical training began when, at the age of six, his father ordered a fiddle from a Sears 

In 1955, when he was 13 years old, he joined a rock and roll band called Crew Cats

Besides playing with The Dawnbreakers and backing Glen Campbell, Seals and Crofts converted to the Baha'i faith in 1967