Tuesday, June 23, 2009

൬ KENNY LOGGINS, This Is It|Foot Loose|I'm Free|Meet Me Halfway|Danger Zone|Playing With The Boys|For The First Time|

Kenneth Clark "Kenny" Loggins (born January 7, 1948, in Everett, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter best known for a number of soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles beginning in the 1970s. Originally a part of the duo Loggins and Messina, he has also recorded as a solo artist and written hit songs for other artists. Loggins was raised in Alhambra, California, where he formed a band called The Second Helping. This band released three singles in 1968 and 1969 on Viva. Greg Shaw described the efforts as "excellent punky folk-pop records" that were written by Loggins who was likely to be the band leader and singer as well; Shaw included "Let Me In" on both Highs in the Mid-Sixties, Volume 2 and the Pebbles, Volume 9 CD. His early 20s found him in the band Gator Creek with Mike Deasy. An early version of "Danny's Song" (later recorded by Loggins and Messina) was included on an effort on Mercury Records.

In 1980, Loggins and McDonald received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year for "What a Fool Believes". In 1979, Loggins and McDonald wrote "This Is It" for Loggins's ailing father, who had to choose between life and death. The song earned Loggins a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal. NBC Sports used the song to end its 1980 Coverage of The NCAA Tournament, in which Louisville defeated UCLA 59-54.

Over the next decade, Loggins recorded many hit songs for movie soundtracks. This began with "I'm All right" (peaked at #7 in the U.S.), "Mr. Night" and "Lead the Way" from Caddyshack. Hits followed with "Footloose" and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" from Footloose, "Meet Me Halfway" from Over the Top, "Danger Zone" and "Playing With the Boys" from Top Gun. Loggins also performed "Nobody's Fool" from the unsuccessful movie Caddyshack II. He also performed as a member of USA for Africa on the famine-relief fundraising single "We Are the World".

In recent years Loggins has continued to record and produce within the Adult Contemporary genre and scored a No. 1 single on the Billboard AC chart in 1997 with "For The First Time" (the Oscar-nominated song from One Fine Day). His last movie song to date was The Tigger Movie song "Your Heart Will Lead You Home", which he co-wrote with Richard and Robert Sherman. [wikipedia]

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