Kenny Loggins …… Still Lovin’ His Music !
By Don Graham
Very seldom does a duo split and one of the two parts go on to larger success than they had. Even Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as individuals didn’t reach the level of prominence of Simon and Garfunkel. Although each achieved some level of success the best known songs are still S&G songs, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Mrs. Robinson and Sounds of Silence. Don Everly sans Phil was not a household name. And the list goes on.
Kenny Loggins is the exception to that rule! As half of the hugely successful pop duo Loggins and Messina with Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield and Poco fame, they had phenomenal hits with ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’, ‘Danny’s Song’ and ‘House at Pooh Corner’ to name few. Formed in 1972 this group was a mainstay on the pop charts until 1976 when they disbanded to pursue solo careers.
During 1977 Loggins produced his first solo album, ‘Celebrate Me Home’ that included the song ‘I Believe In Love’. In 1978 he then released ‘Nightwatch’ which was home to the hit, ‘Whenever I Call You Friend’, a duet with Stevie Nicks, followed by ‘Keep The Fire.’ Next for Loggins was a song co-written with Michael MacDonald, ‘What A Fool Believes.’ Both artists recorded the song, with MacDonald’s version (as part of The Doobie Brothers) reaching number one on the charts. The result of this was a Grammy for the two songwriters in 1980. There was the hit ‘This Is It’ which also earned Loggins a Grammy as male vocalist of the year. For the next decade Loggins had songs in numerous big Hollywood movies including Caddyshack, Top Gun and the hugely successful Footloose that included the infectious hit, ‘Footloose’! In 2007 Kenny Loggins was inducted into the Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard Rock Walk.
On September 4th, 2010, the world famous Boston Pops Orchestra will be teaming up with the legendary Kenny Loggins for a celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Orchestra. The event will take place at McCoy Field in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the home of minor league baseball’s Pawtucket Red Sox. What better marriage of America’s favourite pastime and America’s Orchestra with one of America’s favourite sons, than baseball, The Boston Pops and Kenny Loggins. And tickets are reasonably priced at $35 for grandstand seats. This gives The Boston Pops Orchestra and Kenny Loggins to a much wider audience than usual, so if you’re going to be in the area on Saturday, September 4th, you can order tickets at www.pawsox.com.
So, well into his fourth decade of entertaining, Kenny Loggins is ‘still loving his music!’