Kenny Loggins

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Singer • Musician

Birth Date: January 7, 1948

Age: 76 years old

Birth Place: Everett, Washington

Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins had two largely different careers, solo and duo. As a '70s member of Loggins & Messina, he embodied the laid-back, hippie-esque country-rock movement. Going solo in the '80s with a different look and a decidedly slicker sound, he became identified with the upscale pop affectionately remembered as "Yacht Rock." A Washington state native, Loggins was briefly a member of the psychedelic band the Electric Prunes, but was never on an album with them. His first real claim to fame was writing the nostalgic "House at Pooh Corner," which became a minor hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970. Signed to Columbia the next year as a solo artist, he was paired with producer Jim Messina, the ex-Poco and Buffalo Springfield member, who wound up sharing the vocals and songwriting. Initially planned as a Kenny Loggins album with Jim Messina sitting in, it became Sittin' In by Loggins and Messina, now an official duo. Over the next five years they'd be known for some cheerful hit singles ("Your Mama Don't Dance," "Danny's Song") and for the easygoing good vibes they radiated. They bowed out in 1976 with a greatest-hits album, characteristically called The Best of Friends. Though Messina was by far the bigger name when L&M were formed, it was Loggins who had the solo success afterward. Now with a more fashionable haircut and a new musical direction-less country, more pop-he became a fixture on the charts and on movie soundtracks. Between 1976-78 he scored a trifecta, landing the song "I Believe in Love" in Barbra Streisand's hit movie "A Star is Born" (1976) (for which he nearly grabbed the Kris Kristofferson role), co-writing (with Michael McDonald) the Doobie Brothers smash "What a Fool Believes," and scoring a chart-topper of his own with his Stevie Nicks duet, "Whenever I Call You Friend." In 1979 he teamed with McDonald to write another biggie, "This is It," this time cutting the hit version himself. Written to bolster his ailing father's spirits, the song became a late-'70s sports anthem and won him a Grammy for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. Further soundtrack hits came with the themes to "Caddyshack" (1980) and "Footloose" (1984), as well as the "Top Gun" (1986) hit "Danger Zone." In 1985 Loggins was part of the all-star chorus on "We Are the World" and also helped perform it at Live Aid. Though his profile lessened in the '90s he continued to score hits, including "For the First Time" (another movie song, from 1997's "One Fine Day.") He branched out to children's albums and reunited with Messina for a tour dubbed "Sittin' In Again" in 2005 and again in 2009. Later he turned up in some surprising places, guesting on the animated series "Archer" (FX 2009- ) and writing the theme song for Funny or Die's parody "Donald Trump's Art of the Deal: The Movie" (2016). A further left-field hit came in 2017 when he and McDonald both guested on Thundercat's "Show You the Way."

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The Greatest Night in PopStream

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Sometimes When We TouchStream

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Chansons à offrir

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PickledStream

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The Best Film Songs Of All Time

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Back To The Movies

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2021

80s New Year's Eve Party

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Mr. X

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2020

The Song

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2020

Retro: Spring Break Sizzle

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Retro: Yacht Rock Classics

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Retro: '80s @ the Movies

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Retro: Get Physical

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Saved by the '80s New Years

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Find Your Groove

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Retro: Popcorn Time

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Spring Break in the '80s

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80s Back to School

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NYE Party: Saved by the '80s

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Retro: Nite at the Movies

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Mr. X

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Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

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Back to the Movies

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The Great Songwriters

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A Capitol Fourth

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Greatest Hits

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Richard Marx and Friends

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Grace and FrankieStream

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Kenny Loggins: Easy Driver

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Kenny Loggins: Keep the Fire

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Kenny Loggins: This Is It

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Documentary Now!Stream

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Penn Zero: Part-Time HeroStream

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Playing HouseStream

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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The Big Interview With Dan RatherStream

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Kenny Loggins: I'm Alright

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Oprah: Where Are They Now?Stream

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2012

Bagman

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The 45th Annual CMA Awards

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The Greatest Duets: It Takes Two

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Raising HopeStream

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Raising HopeStream

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ArcherStream

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Let's Make a DealStream

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Let's Make a DealStream

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2009

Kenny Loggins: There Is a Mountain

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Don't Forget the Lyrics!Stream

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The Better Show

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The Better Show

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2004

Kenny Loggins: Danger Zone (Official Video - Top Gun)

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Method & Red

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2004

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Kenny Loggins: Always, In All Ways

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Kenny Loggins: Forever

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Kenny Loggins: I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man )

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Kenny Loggins: Meet Me Half Way

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Kenny Loggins: Vox Humana

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Soundstage

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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Family GuyStream

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1999

Dharma & Greg

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1997

Access Hollywood

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1996

Kenny Loggins: For The First Time

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Kenny Loggins: Conviction Of The Heart

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1991

Kenny Loggins: Nobody's Fool

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1988

Kenny Loggins: Nobody's Fool (From Caddyshack II)

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Kenny Loggins: Danger Zone

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Kenny Loggins: Footloose

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FridaysStream

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1980

CaddyshackStream

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CBS News Sunday Morning

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Saturday Night LiveStream

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Today

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