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Kenny Loggins

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Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kenny Loggins has enjoyed more than three decades of success in the music business, as a songwriter and performer, mostly in a soft rock vein. He was born Kenneth Clarke Loggins in Everett, WA in early 1948, and the family later moved to Detroit, and finally to Alhambra, CA when he was in his teens. He initially turned to music as a way of compensating for his extreme shyness, and found that he was, indeed, a talented guitarist and had a voice. For a time in the late '60s he was based in Pasadena, studying at Pasadena City College. At the end of the decade, Loggins passed through the lineup of a band called Gator Creek, who were good enough to get signed to Mercury Records. The group recorded one self-titled album, which was issued in 1970 and included an early version of "Danny's Song," a track that he later recorded again as part of Loggins & Messina. He also spent time with a short-lived group called Second Helping, and was a member of the stage incarnation of the Electric Prunes during a later phase of that group's history. Loggins was proficient on the guitar and piano, but it was his songwriting that allowed him to make his first lasting impression on the music industry. He took a job as a staff writer for Wingate Music, for $100.00 a week, and later that year four of his songs ended up on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy. This event was particularly fortuitous, as that album was the first release by the newly reconstituted version of the group, and included what proved to be their biggest hit, "Mr. Bojangles." The presence of the latter helped make Uncle Charlie one of the group's biggest selling long-players; and the exposure generated a second hit in the form of Loggins' own "House at Pooh Corner." The success of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's recordings brought Loggins to the attention of former Poco member Jim Messina, who was working as a staff producer at CBS. It was Messina's intention to produce Loggins' debut album, but he also ended up playing and singing on the record, and it worked out so well that the two ended up in a duo. Loggins & Messina were among the most popular folk-based soft rock acts of the first half of the '70s and enjoyed a four-year string of successful albums. Loggins & Messina broke up in 1976, and Loggins retained a strong following in the years immediately after. He went on to solo stardom with such million-selling albums as Celebrate Me Home, Nightwatch (which included the hit "Whenever I Call You Friend"), and Keep the Fire, all in the cheerful, sensitive style he had displayed in Loggins & Messina. Loggins also became known as the king of the movie soundtrack song, scoring Top Ten hits with "I'm Alright" (from Caddyshack), "Footloose" (from Footloose), "Danger Zone" (from Top Gun), and "Nobody's Fool" (from Caddyshack II). During this period, he was also one of the participants in USA for Africa on the benefit recording "We Are the World." His own albums sold less well (and came less frequently) throughout the '80s, with later efforts like 1991's Leap of Faith, 1997's The Unimaginable Life, and 1998's December finding favor primarily in adult contemporary circles; in 1994, he also issued a children's album, Return to Pooh Corner, and released its sequel, More Songs from Pooh Corner, in early 2000. He reunited with Messina in 2005 for a successful tour, album, and concert video, and in 2007, Loggins released How About Now, his first new solo album in four years. It was followed by All Join In in 2009. ~ William Ruhlmann & Bruce Eder
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Albums by
Kenny Loggins

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    11 songs

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    December

    11 songs

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    More Songs from Pooh Corner

    14 songs

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    The Unimaginable Life

    10 songs

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    Return to Pooh Corner

    12 songs

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    Leap of Faith

    11 songs

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    Back to Avalon

    10 songs

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    Celebrate Me Home

    3 songs

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    Frosty the Snowman

    9 songs

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    High Adventure

    9 songs

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    Keep the Fire

    9 songs

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    Nightwatch

    9 songs

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    Vox Humana

    9 songs

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    High Adventure

    2 songs

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    Two of Us/There Is a Mountain

    1 song

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    There Is a Mountain

    35 songs

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    The Essential Kenny Loggins

    15 songs

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    Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Greatest Hits

    13 songs

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    Outside: From the Redwoods

    18 songs

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    Kenny Loggins Alive

    12 songs

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    How About Now

    10 songs

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    It's About Time

    4 songs

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    4 Hits: Kenny Loggins

    28 songs

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    Celebrate Me Home/Nightwatch/Keep the Fire

    12 songs

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    Playlist: Kenny Loggins: The Rock 'N' Roll Years, 1979-1988

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Top Songs by
Kenny Loggins

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  2.   Danger Zone
  3.   Footloose
  4.   This Is It
  5.   Whenever I Call You "Friend"
  6.   I'm Alright
  7.   Meet Me Half Way
  8.   Celebrate Me Home
  9.   Heart to Heart
  10.   I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
  11.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  12.   Danny's Song
  13.   Nobody's Fool
  14.   Forever
  15.   House at Pooh Corner
  16.   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  17.   For the First Time
  18.   Baby Mine
  19.   To-Ra-Loo-Ra
  20.   Beauty and the Beast
  21.   A Love Song
  22.   Playing With the Boys
  23.   Your Mama Don't Dance
  24.   Return to Pooh Corner
  25.   The Real Thing
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Kenny Loggins

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    Archer: I Am The DJ

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    Soothing Lullabies

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    Yacht Rock

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    Singing In The Shower

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    Sing-A-Long Songs

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    66 Best Songs from Movies and TV

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    '80s Hits

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    Fleetwood Mac: DNA

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    Euphoric Hits

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    Classic Hits

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Fired Up Hits

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    Motivation Hits

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    Grand Theft Radio

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    '80s #1 Hits

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    All-Time Hits

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    '80s Rock

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    Sweating to the Oldies

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Rock The Halls

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    '70s Hits

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    Frontline Radio

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