Kenny Loggins was a singer and guitar player who formed his own band in California when he graduated from high school. The Second Helping released a few singles beginning in 1966 that Kenny wrote, including the single Let Me In.
Kenny played guitar in the New Electric Prunes in 1969. IN 1970, four songs that he wrote were recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on the album that included their hit, Mr. Bojangles. He joined Gator Creek briefly as well. While it wasn’t a hit, Kenny wrote Danny’s Song and Gator Creek recorded the first version of the song.
Jim Messina was a musician and record producer who had been a member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. He began working with Kenny on a few songs in 1970, and the pair eventually worked as a duo and recorded a half-dozen albums over the next six years.
Kenny recorded his first solo album in 1977.
His second album, Nightwatch, was released in 1978. The album included a duet with Stevie Nicks, Whenever I Call You Friend, a song that Kenny co-wrote with Melissa Manchester. Kenny had also begun writing songs with Michael McDonald, who at that time was a member of the Doobie Brothers. Kenny included his own version of What A Fool Believes on the album. Michael’s single with the Doobie Brothers came out the next year, hit #1 on the Hot 100, and won Grammy awards for Song of the Year (a songwriter award that they both shared) and Record of the Year.
Kenny and Michael wrote other songs together as well. They had been working on This Is It as a love song when Kenny’s ill father visited him. His father had suffered multiple small strokes and was facing the possibility of more strokes with little hope for the future. The visit changed Kenny’s idea about the song and he recast it as a song for his ill father – try listening to the lyrics with that in mind. Kenny recorded the song on his next album with backing vocals from Michael and it was released as the lead single from the album in 1979. The song won Kenny his second Grammy award, this time for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.
In 1983 Kenny recorded another hit record with Michael’s help on vocals and keyboards. Kenny, Michael, and David Foster wrote Heart To Heart. Kenny’s single peaked at #15 in 1983.
The pair have worked and appeared together and most recently worked together on the song and video Show You the Way by Thundercat in 2017.
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