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Kenny Loggins Biography

7 January 1948, Everett, Washington, USA. Loggins, who began his career as a staff writer for Wingate Music, came to prominence as a member of Loggins And Messina from 1971-77. After separating from Jim Messina, he set out on a solo recording career, specialising in rock ballads such as ‘Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’’, a 1978 US Top 5 hit which was co-written by Melissa Manchester and had harmony vocals by Stevie Nicks. In 1979, Loggins enjoyed a Top 20 hit with ‘This Is It’ and co-wrote the Doobie Brothers’ million-selling US chart-topper ‘What A Fool Believes’ with the band’s singer, Michael McDonald. The US Top 20 hit ‘Don’t Fight It’, meanwhile, was a collaboration with Journey singer Steve Perry. During the 80s, Loggins came to prominence as a writer and performer of theme songs for the new breed of Hollywood action movies. Beginning with 1980’s Top 10 hit ‘I’m Alright’ (from Caddyshack) and 1984’s chart-topping title song from Footloose (also a UK Top 10 hit), he reached his commercial peak with the soundtrack of Top Gun in 1986. As well as co-writing several of the songs used in the movie, Loggins recorded the US number 2 hit, ‘Danger Zone’. This was followed by music for 1988’s Caddyshack II, including another US Top 10 hit, ‘Nobody’s Fool’. He had a minor hit with ‘Conviction Of The Heart’ in 1991, taken from his ‘divorce’ album, Leap Of Faith. Six years later he concurrently released an album and book detailing his remarriage. His most successful recordings in recent years have been two children’s albums named after his first ever hit song, ‘House At Pooh Corner’, which the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took into the US charts in 1971. He reunited with Jim Messina in 2005.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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