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Loggins, Kenny

Kenny Loggins

Pop vocalist

Loggins and Messina

Flying Solo

Television and Movies

The Rest of Your Life

Selected discography

Sources

Michael Jackson may be the king of pop but the media often crown Kenny Loggins the king of the movie soundtrack. It would be difficult to remember the Tom Cruise smash hit Top Gun without humming Danger Zone at the same time. The truth is that Logginss movie music career accounts for a small portion of his pop-rock past. Beginning with a $100 per week job writing music for others, and peaking with platinum albums and Grammy Awards, Loggins continues to write and perform music that people like to hum.

Loggins was born January 7, 1948, in Everett, Washington. His love of music became evident when he began playing the guitar at age twelve. His father was a salesman so the family also lived in Seattle and Detroit before moving to California. He grew up in California and learned to appreciate the outdoors. Loggins knew by the time he was in high school that he wanted a career in music. He even had trouble studying for final exams in his senior year because he was busy writing the song House at Pooh Corner. Twenty eight years later, Return to Pooh CornerachWdrens albumbecame one of his best-selling records.

Loggins and Messina

When Loggins was attending Pasadena City College, he was a member of a folk group. He later joined a rock group called Gator Creek. Gator Creek did some recording for Mercury, but Loggins later joined another band called Second Helping. By 1969, when Loggins was 21, he quit Second Helping to take a steady job in Los Angeles, writing music for a publishing company called Milk Money. Milk money was all he earned at $100 a week, but the job proved to be a launching pad for his very successful career. While working as a writer, he toured with members of the Electric Prunes, and then met the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Later a family friend, who was an employee of Columbia, thought that Loggins might be good enough to record a solo album. That friend, Don Ellis, introduced Loggins to Jim Messina. Loggins pop-rock career success began after that introduction.

Jim Messina was a guitarist for the band Poco and then the band Buffalo Springfield. He never intended to become a part of a musical duo; he just wanted to produce a few acts for Columbia. He liked the songs Loggins wrote for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and in 1971, decided to take on Loggins as his first project. After Loggins signed for Columbia, Messina began working with himon a new album. The two decided that the songs sounded best when they played together, and they decided to record the album as a duo. Reluctantly, Loggins and Messina was born.

For the Record

Born Kenneth Clarke Loggins, January 7, 1948, in Everett, WA; son of Robert George (in sales) and Lina (Massie) Loggins; married Eva Ein (marriage ended); married Julia Cooper, 1992; children Crosby, Cody, Isabella, Lukas, Hana. Education: Attended Pasadena City College.

Started playing guitar and writing songs in seventh grade; joined folk group while attending Pasadena City College; joined Gator Creek and Second Helping rock bands, 1969; quit Second Helping to write music for Milk Money Publishing, 1969; met Jim Messina after writing several Nitty Gritty Dirt Band songs, 1970; formed duo group called Loggins and Messina, 1972; went solo, 1976; solo albums yielded hits like Whenever I Call You Friend, This Is It; composed Disney Channel Special This Island Earth, 1993; wrote book and album with wife Julia called The Unimaginable Life, 1997.

Awards: Rock n Roll Sports Classic Gold Medal; Grammy award, Song of the Year, for What a Fool Believes (which he cowrote with The Doobie Brothers), 1980; Grammy award, Best Pop Vocal, for This Is It, 1981; Cable Ace Award and Emmy awards for Outstanding Original Song and Outstanding Achievement in Writing for This Island Earth, a Disney Channel Special and theme song, 1993. Several gold and platinum albums.

Addresses: Home Santa Barbara, CA. Record company Columbia Media Department, 2100 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90404. Officec/o William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA, 90212-2704.

Their first album in 1972was appropriately called Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina SittinIn what Messina assumed he was doing. They didnt break up until 1976, seven albums later. Three of the albums went platinum, the other four were gold. The duo produced several hits. The first album went platinum with hits like Dannys Song and Vahevala. The platinum follow-up album, Loggins and Messina, (no more sittin in), yielded the song Your Mama Dont Dance, which reached number four on the pop charts. Thinking of You reached the top 20. The next album, fullSail, also went platinum in 1973.

The next four albums went gold, but were discouraging. After they broke up in 1976, two more albums were released, a greatest hits, called Best of Friends, and a live album, called Finale.

Flying Solo

Loggins did not wait long to release his first solo effort, Celebrate Me Home. The album sold over a million copies in 1977, as did the follow-up album Nightwatch. The popular song from Nightwatch was Whenever I Call You Friend, sung with Stevie Nicks. That song reached number five on the pop charts and sealed Logginss reputation for being optimistic, even cheerful, in his songwriting. Keep the Fire went platinum in 1979 and included a favorite sports anthem, This Is It. In 1981, Loggins won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal for This Is It. Loggins had already won his first Grammy in 1980 for cowriting the Song of the Year, What a Fool Believes, with the Doobie Brothers.

In 1985, Loggins tried his hand at producing his own album, Vox Humana .Ralph Novak of People commented, Loggins is as polished as they come in the pop-rock business, with a precision and versatility that save him from ever being bad. Logginss wife at the time, Eva Ein, helped to write some of the songs on the album. Vox Humana sold poorly and Loggins waited three years before releasing Back to Avalon in 1988. A Rolling Stone writer noted, Back to Avalon is so bland that it makes one nostalgic for Jim Messina. David Hiltbrand of Peoplecommented, Loggins still wields an enormously limber and rangy voice.

Logginss next album, Leap of Faith, was released in 1991. About this time, Loggins music had shifted from Pop-Rock to New Age to Adult Contemporary. A Stereo Review critic remarked, [W]ith little more than his positive, spiritual attitude and supple falsetto to lead the way, it may take a leap of faith, indeed, for his audience, New Age or otherwise, to follow. Leap of Faithwas a very personal album for Loggins, with songs about his children and about his divorce with wife Eva. It also contained a song about the planet, Conviction of the Heart, which marked the beginning of Logginss public concern for the environment.

Television and Movies

Loggins followed Leap of Faith with a live album called Outside: From the Redwoods. David Thigpen of Entertainment Weekly remarked, On this live album, Log-gins smart acoustic guitar work revitalizes Angry Eyes and many of his other old hits. That album yielded a concert video tape with the same name that the Public Broadcast Station (PBS) showed in 1993. Loggins was not new to television. The previous year he had a TV special called This Island Earth for the Disney Channel. That special earned him a Cable Ace Award and two Emmy awards for Outstanding Original Song (This Island Earth) and Outstanding Achievement in Writing. In 1994 Loggins released Return to Pooh Corner with a concert video tape that included interview segments. Loggins explained to Billboard why he made the childrens record. He said, I wanted to create an atmosphere for bedtime that was also listenable to me as a dad. A Publishers Weekly reviewer called the album pretty.

Loggins started making songs for movie soundtracks in the early 1980s. The first, Im Alright, was for the movie Caddyshack, and Loggins said, This one was strictly for fun. Im Alright made it to number seven on the pop charts. Next came songs for the Footloose soundtrack: Im Free (Heaven Help the Man), which made it to the top 30, and Footloose, which topped the pop chart in 1984. Forever from Vox Humana was written for a short film called Access All Areas. His next big movie hit was Danger Zone from Top Gun. Danger Zone made it to number two in 1986. The movie Over the Top, with Sylvester Stallone, yielded the top twenty hit Meet Me Halfway. Nobodys Fool from the movie Caddyshack II reached the top ten in 1988. In 1996, Loggins earned rave reviews, an Oscar nomination, and a live appearance on the Academy Award show for his song For the First Time from the One Fine Day soundtrack. Billboard hinted, Hopefully, this is the prelude to a new Loggins album.

The Rest of Your Life

In March of 1997 Loggins released Yesterday, Today, TomorrowThe Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins. Along with all of Logginss chart topping hits, there was a new song on the album called The Rest of Your Life. In the liner notes, Loggins wrote, This song is a centerpiece from the upcoming album The Unimaginable Life. I consider this project to be the most ambitious, artistic undertaking of my career. Ambitious it is. Loggins and his second wife Julia wrote a book called The Unimaginable Life and the album The Unimaginable Life, is a soundtrack for the book, to quote Logginss words. Both tell the story of the couples relationship. The book and the album were released simultaneously in July of 1997. Loggins was paid a hefty sum, in the mid-six figures, by Avon Books said Judy Quinn of Publishers Weekly.

Loggins recorded the album at his home studio in Santa Barbara, California so he could be with his wife and four children. He is well known for his environmental efforts and applauds the environmental groups who try to make a difference. Loggins lectures informally on the joy of spiritual growth and relationships. One line from The Rest of Your Life is Oh I believe theres a god watching over me. He must believe that someone up there likes him, but his success proves that he also appeals to many down here. Loggins continues to inspire a large audience and he created enough music to please them all.

Selected discography

Albums; with Jim Messina; on Columbia Records

Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin In (includes Dannys Song and Vahevala), 1972.

Loggins and Messina (includes Your Mama Dont Dance and Thinking of You), 1972.

Full Sail, 1973.

On Stage (Live), 1974.

Mother Lode, 1974.

So Fine, 1975.

Native Sons, 1976.

Best of Friends (Collection), 1977.

Finale (Live), 1977.

Solo albums; on Columbia Records, except where noted

Celebrate Me Home, 1977.

Nightwatch (includes Whenever I Call You Friend), 1978.

Keep the Fire (includes This Is It), 1979.

Kenny Loggins Alive (Live), 1980.

High Adventure, 1982.

Vox Humana (includes Forever), 1985.

Back to Avalon, 1988.

Leap of Faith (includes Conviction of the Heart), 1991.

Outside: From the Redwoods (includes Angry Eyes), 1993.

Return to Pooh Corner, Sony Wonder, 1994.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow-The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins, Sony, 1997.

The Unimaginable Life (includes The Rest of Your Life), Sony, 1997.

Soundtracks

Caddyshack (includes Im Alright), 1980.

Footloose (includes Footloose and Im Free [Heaven Help the Man]), 1984.

Top Gun (includes Danger Zone and Playing With the Boys), CBS, 1986.

Over the Top (includes Meet Me Halfway), 1987.

Caddyshack II (includes Nobodys Fool), 1988.

One Fine Day (includes For the First Time), 1996.

Albums with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Make a Little Magic, 1980.

Jealousy, 1981.

Lets Go, 1982.

Others

Gator Creek, Mercury, 1970.

(With Sanford &Townsend) Sanford & Townsend Band, 1976.

(With Sanford & Townsend) Smoke from a Distant Fire, 1976.

(With Phoebe Snow) Never Letting Go, 1977.

(With Pages) Future Street, 1979.

(With Max Gronenthal) Whistling in the Dark, 1979.

(With Bill Champlin) Runaway, 1981.

(With Michael McDonald) If Thats What It Takes, 1982.

(With Donna Summer) Donna Summer, 1982.

(With Don Felder) Airborne, 1983.

(With Graham Nash) Innocent Eyes, 1986.

Childs Celebration of Song, 1992.

(With the Winans) All Out, 1993.

(With Benoit Freeman Project) Benoit Freeman Project, 1994.

Sources

Books

The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, edited by Patricia Romanowski, Fireside, 1995.

Periodicals

Billboard, December 21, 1996; February 22, 1997.

Entertainment Weekly, August 20, 1993.

People, May 6, 1985; September 26, 1988.

Publishers Weekly, May 16, 1994; July 15, 1996.

Rolling Stone, November 3, 1988.

Stereo Review, January, 1992.

Additional information for this profile was obtained from Columbia Media Department press material, 1997, and liner notes by Kenny Loggins to Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow-The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins, 1997.

Information for this profile was also provided by the Internet website www.kennyloggins.com and the All-Music Guide-A Complete Online Database of Recorded Music by Matrix Software, copyright 1991-1997.

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Loggins, Kenny

Kenny Loggins

Pop singer, songwriter

Michael Jackson may be the king of pop, but the media have often crowned Kenny Loggins the king of the movie soundtrack. It would be difficult to remember the Tom Cruise smash hit Top Gun without humming "Danger Zone" at the same time. However, Loggins's movie music career actually accounts for only a small portion of his pop-rock past. Beginning with a $100 per week job writing music for others, and peaking with platinum albums and Grammy Awards, Loggins has continued to write and perform music that people like to hum.

Loggins was born January 7, 1948, in Everett, Washington. His love of music became evident when he began playing the guitar at age 12. His father was a salesman, and the family also lived in Seattle and Detroit before moving to California. Loggins knew by the time he was in high school that he wanted a career in music. He even had trouble studying for final exams in his senior year because he was busy writing the song "House at Pooh Corner." Twenty-eight years later, Return to Pooh Corner—a children's album—became one of his best-selling records.

When Loggins was attending Pasadena City College, he was a member of a folk group, and later joined a rock group called Gator Creek. Gator Creek did some recording for Mercury, but Loggins later joined another band called Second Helping. By 1969, when Loggins was 21, he quit Second Helping to take a steady job in Los Angeles, writing music for a publishing company called Milk Money. The job proved to be a launching pad for his very successful career. While working as a writer, he toured with members of the Electric Prunes, and then met the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Later, a family friend who was an employee of Columbia thought that Loggins might be good enough to record a solo album. That friend, Don Ellis, introduced Loggins to Jim Messina. Loggins's pop-rock career success began after that introduction.

Jim Messina was a guitarist for the band Poco and then the band Buffalo Springfield. He never intended to become a part of a musical duo; he just wanted to produce a few acts for Columbia. He liked the songs Loggins wrote for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and in 1971, decided to take on Loggins as his first project. After Loggins signed for Columbia, Messina began working with him on a new album. The two decided that the songs sounded best when they played together, and they decided to record the album as a duo. Thus, "Loggins and Messina" was born.

Their first album in 1972 was appropriately called Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In-what Messina assumed he was doing. They didn't break up until 1976, seven albums later. Three of the albums went platinum, the other four were gold. The duo produced several hits. The first album went platinum with hits like "Danny's Song" and "Vahevala." The platinum follow-up album, Loggins and Messina, (no more "sittin' in"), yielded the songs "Your Mama Don't Dance" and "Thinking of You." The next album, Full Sail, also went platinum in 1973. The next four albums went gold, but were discouraging. After they broke up in 1976, two more albums were released, a greatest hits, called Best of Friends, and a live album, called Finale.

Loggins did not wait long to release his first solo effort, Celebrate Me Home. The album sold over a million copies in 1977, as did the follow-up album Nightwatch. The popular song from Nightwatch was "Whenever I Call You Friend," sung with Stevie Nicks. That song reached number five on the pop charts and sealed Loggins's reputation for being optimistic, even cheerful, in his songwriting. Keep the Fire went platinum in 1979 and included a favorite sports anthem, "This Is It." In 1981 Loggins won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal for "This Is It." Loggins had already won his first Grammy in 1980 for cowriting the Song of the Year, "What a Fool Believes," with the Doobie Brothers.

In 1985 Loggins tried his hand at producing his own album, Vox Humana. Ralph Novak of People commented, "Loggins is as polished as they come in the pop-rock business, with a precision and versatility that save him from ever being bad." Loggins's wife at the time, Eva Ein, helped to write some of the songs on the album. Vox Humana sold poorly and Loggins waited three years before releasing Back to Avalon in 1988.

Loggins's next album, Leap of Faith, was released in 1991. About this time, his music had shifted from Pop-Rock to New Age to Adult Contemporary. A Stereo Review critic remarked, "With little more than his positive, spiritual attitude and supple falsetto to lead the way, it may take a leap of faith, indeed, for his audience, New Age or otherwise, to follow." Leap of Faith was a very personal album for Loggins, with songs about his children and about his divorce with wife Eva. It also contained a song about the planet, "Conviction of the Heart," which marked the beginning of Loggins's public concern for the environment.

For the Record …

Born Kenneth Clarke Loggins, January 7, 1948, in Everett, WA; son of Robert George (in sales) and Lina (Massie) Loggins; married Eva Ein (marriage ended); married Julia Cooper, 1992; children: Crosby, Cody, Isabella, Lukas, Hana. Education: Attended Pasadena City College.

Started playing guitar and writing songs in seventh grade; joined folk group while attending Pasadena City College; joined Gator Creek and Second Helping rock bands, 1969; quit Second Helping to write music for Milk Money Publishing, 1969; met Jim Messina after writing several Nitty Gritty Dirt Band songs, 1970; formed duo group called Loggins and Messina, 1972; Loggins and Messina yielded seven albums—three platinum, four gold—including songs "Vahevala," "Danny's Song," and "Your Mama Don't Dance," 1972–76; went solo, 1976; eleven solo albums yielded hits like "Whenever I Call You Friend," "This Is It," "Celebrate Me Home," and "Return to Pooh Corner," 1976– solo hit singles on several movie soundtracks including "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack, 1980, "Footloose," 1984, "Danger Zone" from Top Gun, 1986, "For the First Time" from One Fine Day, 1996; composed Disney Channel Special "This Island Earth," 1993; wrote book and album with wife Julia called The Unimaginable Life, 1997; released December, 1998, More Songs From Pooh Corner, 2000, and It's About Time, 2003; reunion with Jim Messina, 2005; issued Live: Sittin' in Again at Santa Barbara Bowl with Messina, 2005; initiated Christmas tour, 2006.

Awards: Rock 'n Roll Sports Classic Gold Medal; Grammy Award, Song of the Year, for "What a Fool Believes" (cowritten with the Doobie Brothers), 1980; Grammy Award, Best Pop Vocal, for "This Is It," 1981; Cable Ace Award and Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Song and Outstanding Achievement in Writing, for "This Island Earth," 1993.

Addresses: Record company—Columbia Records, 550 Madison Ave., 24th Fl., New York, NY, 10022, phone: (212)-833-4000, website: www.columbiarecords.com. Office—c/o William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA, 90212-2704.

Loggins followed Leap of Faith with a live album called Outside: From the Redwoods. That album yielded a concert video tape with the same name, aired by the Public Broadcast Network in 1993. Loggins was not new to television. The previous year he had a TV special called "This Island Earth" for the Disney Channel. That special earned him a Cable Ace Award and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Song and Outstanding Achievement in Writing. In 1994 Loggins released Return to Pooh Corner with a concert videotape that included interview segments. Loggins explained to Billboard why he made the children's record. He said, "I wanted to create an atmosphere for bedtime that was also listenable to me as a dad."

Loggins started making songs for movie soundtracks in the early 1980s. The first, "I'm Alright," was for the movie Caddyshack. "I'm Alright" made it to number seven on the pop charts. Next came songs for the Footloose soundtrack: "I'm Free (Heaven Help the Man)" and "Footloose," which topped the pop chart in 1984. "Forever" from Vox Humana was written for a short film called Access All Areas. His next big movie hit was "Danger Zone" from Top Gun. "Danger Zone" made it to number two in 1986. The movie Over the Top, with Sylvester Stallone, yielded the top 20 hit "Meet Me Halfway." "Nobody's Fool" from the movie Caddyshack II reached the top ten in 1988. In 1996 Loggins earned rave reviews, an Oscar nomination, and a live appearance on the Academy Award show for his song "For the First Time" from the One Fine Day soundtrack.

In March of 1997 Loggins released Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow—The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins. Along with all of Loggins's chart topping hits, there was a new song on the album called "The Rest of Your Life." In the liner notes, Loggins wrote, "This song is a centerpiece from the upcoming album The Unimaginable Life. I consider this project to be the most ambitious, artistic undertaking of my career." Loggins and his second wife Julia wrote a book called The Unimaginable Life, and the album The Unimaginable Life is "a soundtrack for the book," to quote Loggins's words. The book and the album were released simultaneously in July of 1997. Loggins recorded the album at his home studio in Santa Barbara, California, so he could be with his wife and four children.

Loggins released December in 1998, a holiday album covering classics like Irvin Berlin's "White Christmas" and originals like the title cut. He was joined by David Crosby and Graham Nash on the traditional "Coventry Carol." Next, Loggins issued More Songs From Pooh Corner, a children's album. The album's eclectic selection featured Randy Newman's "That'll Do" from Babe, Pig in the City, and Paul McCartney and John Lennon's "Good Night." In 2001 Columbia Records issued The Essential Kenny Loggins, a career retrospective featuring over 35 songs, including his best-known hits, followed in 2003 by It's About Time, an album that included a collaboration between Loggins and country music singer Clint Black on "Alive 'N' Kickin'."

Following the release of the compilation The Best of Loggins and Messina: Sittin' In Again in 2005, Loggins re-teamed with ex-partner Jim Messina for a number of concert dates. The same year, the duo released Live: Sittin' in Again at Santa Barbara Bowl, documenting one of the early shows. "It's a warm, friendly show, with just the right amount of slickness," wrote Stephen Thomas Erlewine in All Music Guide. While Loggins enjoyed the shows and a chance to revisit old material, he soon felt constricted by the format. "I found myself playing 30-year-old music night after night," he told Gary Budzak in the Columbus Dispatch, "and was dying to put new material into the show."

In 2006 Loggins added a fresh element to his songs, performing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. "It's a nice change of pace," he told Budzak, "and the audience loves it. And I've got so much material that lends itself to the symphonic approach that it's really fun to do."

Loggins is well known for his environmental efforts and applauds the environmental groups who try to make a difference. Loggins lectures informally on the joy of spiritual growth and relationships. One line from "The Rest of Your Life" is "Oh I believe there's a god watching over me." He must believe that someone up there likes him, but his success has proved that he also appeals to many down here. Loggins continues to inspire a large audience and he created enough music to please them all.

Selected discography

With Jim Messina on Columbia Records

Loggins and Messina, 1972.
Full Sail, 1973.
On Stage (Live), 1974.
Mother Lode 1974.
So Fine, 1975.
Native Sons, 1976.
Best of Friends (Collection), 1977.
Finale (Live), 1977.
The Best of Loggins and Messina: Sittin' In Again, Rhino, 2005.

Solo albums; on Columbia Records, except where noted

Celebrate Me Home, 1977.
Nightwatch, 1978.
Keep the Fire, 1979.
Kenny Loggins Alive (Live), 1980.
High Adventure, 1982.
Vox Humana, 1985.
Back to Avalon, 1988.
Leap of Faith, 1991.
Outside: From the Redwoods, 1993.
Return to Pooh Corner, Sony Wonder, 1994.
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow—The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins, Sony, 1997.
The Unimaginable Life, Sony, 1997.
December, Sony, 1998.
More Songs From Pooh Corner, Columbia, 2000.
It's About Time, All the Best, 2003.

Soundtracks

Caddyshack (includes "I'm Alright"), 1980.
Footloose, 1984.
Top Gun, CBS, 1986.
Over the Top, 1987.
Caddyshack II, 1988.
One Fine Day, 1996.

Albums with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Make a Little Magic, 1980.
Jealousy, 1981.
Let's Go, 1982.

With Others

Gator Creek, Mercury, 1970.
(With Sanford & Townsend) Sanford & Townsend Band, 1976.
(With Sanford & Townsend) Smoke from a Distant Fire, 1976.
(With Phoebe Snow) Never Letting Go, 1977.
(With Pages) Future Street, 1979.
(With Max Gronenthal) Whistling in the Dark, 1979.
(With Bill Champlin) Runaway, 1981.
(With Michael McDonald) If That's What It Takes, 1982.
(With Donna Summer) Donna Summer, 1982.
(With Don Felder) Airborne, 1983.
(With Graham Nash) Innocent Eyes, 1986.
Child's Celebration of Song, 1992.
(With the Winans) All Out, 1993.
(With Benoit Freeman Project) Benoit Freeman Project, 1994.

Sources

Books

The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, edited by Patricia Romanowski, Fireside, 1995.

Periodicals

Billboard, December 21, 1996; February 22, 1997.

Columbus Dispatch, July 22, 2006.

Entertainment Weekly, August 20, 1993.

People, May 6, 1985; September 26, 1988.

Publishers Weekly, May 16, 1994; July 15, 1996.

Rolling Stone, November 3, 1988.

Stereo Review, January, 1992.

Online

"Kenny Loggins," All Music Guide, http://www.allmusic.com/ (November 9, 2006).

Additional information for this profile was obtained from Columbia Media Department press material, 1997, and liner notes by Kenny Loggins to Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow—The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins, 1997. Information for this profile was also provided by the Internet website www.kennyloggins.com.

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Loggins, Kenny

Kenny Loggins

Singer, songwriter

For the Record

Selected discography

Sources

Kenny Loggins has made a name for himself in several areas of the music industry: first as a songwriter, then as a partner to Jim Messina in the duo Loggins and Messina, and finally as a solo artist. His first involvement with music was in a parochial school in Alhambra, California, where he learned to play the guitar. He joined afolkgroup while in college, but by the late 1960s he had gravitated to rock.

Loggins spent time in two groups, Gator Creek and Second Helping, which were under contract to Mercury and Viva records, respectively, but neither gained much notice. In 1969, Loggins left Viva to work for one hundred dollars a week as a songwriter for ABC Wingate, the publishing division of ABC records. Some of his most notable work there was recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Their album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy contained four of Logginss songs, including the very popular House at Pooh Corner.

In 1971, Loggins was offered an artists contract with Columbia Records, and Jim Messina was chosen to be his producer. Messina had formerly played bass for Buffalo Springfield and lead guitar for Poco, but had grown tired of touring and planned to concentrate his energies on studio work and production. To produce Logginss solo album, Messina recruited ex-Sunshine Company rhythm players Larry Sims and Merel Bregante, keyboardist Mike Ornartian, and hornmen Al Garth and Jon Clark.

During the recording sessions, Messina realized that Logginss musical style and his own were very complementary, and he ended up playing on the record as well as producing it. The completed album, Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin In, climbed the charts slowly but steadily. Thanks to Vahevala, an FM hit with a Caribbean feel, and Dannys Song, which became popular after Anne Murray covered it, Sittin In eventually went gold.

Encouraged by their popularity, Loggins and Messina began touring with all the members of their studio band except Ornartian. The Kenny Loggins Band with Jim Messina, as they were billed, was received so enthusiastically by audiences that they soon cut another album, entitled Loggins and Messina.One of its country-rock songs, Your Mama Dont Dance, became a major hit, and the album quickly went gold. Loggins and Messina cut five more albums during the 1970s and, although some music critics felt that they lacked the intensity of the first two albums, nearly all sold over a million copies. The exception was So Fine, which featured reworkings of classic songs of the 1950s. Fans didnt appreciate the departure from good-time country-rock,

For the Record

Full name, Kenneth Loggins; born January 7, 1948, in Everett, Washington; son of a traveling salesman. Member of rock groups Gator Creek and Second Helping during the late 1960s; songwriter for ABC Wingate, 196971; performed with Jim Messina as Loggins and Messina, 197166; solo artist, 1976.

Addresses: Record Company CBS Inc., 51 West Fifty-second Street, New York, NY 10019.

and the duo returned to their usual sound on their 1976 offering, Native Sons.In November 1976, Loggins and Messina announced that they would no longer be performing together. Despite the success of their partnership, they had maintained separate contracts and had never expected to make so many albums together.

Jim Messina returned almost exclusively to production work, and Loggins finally became the solo performer hed set out to be earlier in the decade. His first solo album, Celebrate Me Home, was an extension of the country-tinged pop-rock sound of Loggins and Messina. Its follow-up, Nightwatch, was a platinum seller, as was 1979s Keep the Fire.Despite becoming an album-oriented rock superstar in his own right, Loggins has continued to write for other performers. In recent years he has also devoted considerable time to writing songs for movie sound tracks, including Footloose, from the film of the same title, Im Alright, from Caddyshack, Danger Zone, from Top Gun, and Meet Me Half Way, from Over the Top.

Selected discography

LPs with Jim Messina; all for Columbia

Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittiri In, 1972.

Loggins and Messina, 1972.

Full Sail, 1973.

On Stage, 1974.

Mother Lode, 1975.

So Fine, 1975.

Native Sons, 1976.

Best of Friends, 1977.

Finale, 1977.

Solo LPs; all for Columbia

Celebrate Me Home, 1977.

Nightwatch, 1978.

Keep the Fire, 1979.

Alive, 1980.

High Adventure, 1982.

Vox Humana, 1985.

Back to Avalon, 1988.

Sources

Books

Hardy, Phil, and Dave Laing, Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll, McDonald, 1987.

Jahn, Mike, Rock: From Elvis Presley to Rock and Roll, Rolling Stone Press, 1976.

Nite, Norm N.. Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock n Roll, Crowell, 1978.

Periodicals

People, September 26, 1988.

Stereo Review, November 1988.

Joan Goldsworthy

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