1973 Loggins and Messina – Thinking Of You
Jim Messina had been a member of Buffalo Springfield and later Poco before stepping back from performing. He was working as a producer for Columbia Records in 1970 when he met Kenny Loggins, a young singer/songwriter. They recorded a few songs in Jim’s living room and then began recording for real in the studio. The album was meant to be a solo album for Kenny, but Jim became such a big part of the production that the album became Kenny Loggins With Jim Messina Sitting In.
The pair toured in college campuses and other small venues to promote the album before recording a second album in 1972. That album included the hit single Your Mama Don’t Dance, which peaked at #4 on the Hot 100. They co-wrote and co-produced that song.
The second single started out as a mellow album cut. Jim wrote and produced the song, Thinking Of You.
They created a completely new remix of the song that was much faster (and less folky or country).
The single reached #16 on the Hot 100 in 1973 and became a top ten record on the Adult Contemporary chart. CDs (and a lot of oldies stations) tend to use the original album cut rather than the single version of the song, so it’s likely you haven’t heard the single version very often.
Jim and Kenny worked together for about a half-dozen years before separating to pursue solo careers.
Jim released a few unsuccessful albums before rejoining Poco when it reformed in 1989. Kenny, of course, had a career that bloomed nicely in the eighties.
The duo rejoined in 2005 and again in 2009 and toured together both times.
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