Singer/songwriter/musician Kenny Loggins was born in Washington state but actually spent some of his childhood right here in Detroit.
In 1970, while working on his first album, Jim Messina, formerly of Poco and Buffalo Springfield, was brought in to produce the album. The two recorded a number of Loggins’s compositions in Messina’s home living room. When Columbia signed Loggins to a six-album contract (with the assistance of Messina), recording began in earnest for Loggins’s debut album, with Messina as producer. Messina originally intended to lend his name to the Loggins project only to help introduce the unknown Loggins to Messina’s well-established Buffalo Springfield and Poco audiences. But by the time the album was completed, Messina had contributed so much to the album – in terms of songwriting, arrangement, instrumentation, and vocals – that an “accidental” duo was born.
Loggins and Messina remained together until an amicable split in 1976.
During 1977, Loggins produced his first solo album, “Celebrate Me Home”. “Nightwatch”, a popular album released during 1978, included the hit song “Whenever I Call You Friend,” a duet with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, co-written with Melisa Manchester.
Loggins also co-wrote the Doobie Brothers song “What a Fool Believes” with Michael McDonald for which both received a Grammy in 1980
Kenny Loggins also created hit songs for the movies “Top Gun” (“Danger Zone”) “Lead the Way” and “Make the Move” (“Caddyshack”) and of course “Footloose” from the movie of the same name.
Loggins brings his latest project, “Blue Sky Riders” to the “Macomb Music Theater” this Sunday.
I got the chance to chat with Kenny earlier today: