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 bands singer, Michael McDonald. The US Top 20 hit Dont 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 1980s Top 10 hit Im Alright (from Caddyshack) and 1984s 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 1988s Caddyshack II, including another US Top 10 hit, Nobodys 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 childrens 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.