Troy Harold Seals (born November 16, 1938 in Bighill, Madison County, Kentucky) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is a member of the prominent Seals family of musicians that includes, Jim Seals (of Seals and Crofts) and Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) and Brady Seals (Little Texas and Hot Apple Pie).
Troy learned guitar in his teens and after his family moved to Hamilton, Ohio, he began performing on a country radio show. During the late 50’s Troy Seals & The Earthquakes played rock & roll and backed headliners such as Conway Twitty who became their mentor.
In 1964 Troy wed Jo Ann Campbell, to whom he is still married today. As Jo-Ann and Troy, they made a stunning debut single for Atlantic, "I Found A Love Oh What A Love" c/w "Who Do You Love" (the Bo Diddley song), which went to # 67 on the Hot 100 around the turn of the year 1964/65.They recorded over a dozen tracks for Atlantic in an R&B/soul style. Who Do You Love was successful enough that the duo became regulars on ‘Where the Action is’ in 1965. They also recorded a fantastic version of the Ashford/Simpson/Armstead tune, ‘Same Old Feeling’.
A few years later, Seals went on to play guitar in the Dapps, recording with none other than James Brown.
During the '70s, Seals recorded with Lonnie Mack and Doug Kershaw and although he made two albums of his own, he is best known as a songwriter. His compositions have been recorded by artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr., Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," that Troy co-wrote with Max D. Barnes.
His hit compositions include "Rattle the Windows" (Shenandoah), "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always & Forever)" (Randy Travis), "Don't Take It Away" (Conway Twitty), "From Seven Till Ten" (Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn), "Two Old Cats Like Us" (Hank Williams, Jr.), "Pieces of My Life" (Elvis Presley), and "Boogie Woogie Country Man" (Jerry Lee Lewis).
Seals has played guitar on numerous sessions for recording stars and has collaborated on compositions with Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Will Jennings and others. He has had three co-written compositions nominated for the Country Music Association "Song of the Year" award: "Seven Spanish Angels" (1985), "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" (1986), and "If You Ever Have Forever In Mind" (1999).
(Photo of Connie Brady, Troy Seals and John Briggs)
In recognition of his successful career, Seals was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
(Info edited mainly from Wikipedia & All Music)