Daniel Grayling Fogelberg (born in Peoria, Illinois on August 13, 1951) is an American singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose music has been inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, classical, jazz, and bluegrass music.
Fogelberg, the youngest of Lawrence and Margaret (Young) Fogelberg's three sons, learned to play piano as a child. His father was a high school band director who spent most of his career at Peoria Woodruff High School and Pekin High School (and would later be the inspiration for "Leader of the Band") and his mother was a pianist. Using a Mel Bay course book, he taught himself to play a Hawaiian slide guitar his grandfather gave to him. He started his music career at age 14, when he joined his first band, the Clan, which paid homage to The Beatles. His second band was another cover combo, the Coachmen, which, in 1967, released two singles on Ledger Records: "Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget" and "Autumn Leaves."