Bearded, dark-eyed troubadour Kenny Loggins was one of the most popular of the folk-tinged soft-rock performers of the ’70s, first with Loggins & Messina and then on his own. After the popularity faded, he found new life as a pioneer of children’s and family-oriented music.
Loggins, whose family had moved to Alhambra when he was a teenager, was a staff writer for Wingate Music when he placed four songs on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970 album “Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy,” including the hit “House on Pooh Corner.”
Former Buffalo Springfield and Poco member Jim Messina set to work producing Loggins’ 1972 debut album, and the collaboration led to a partnership that endured for four years, yielding a string of hit albums that included “Full Sail” and “Mother Lode.”
After splitting in 1996 (the duo reunited for a 2005 tour), Loggins became a solo success with such albums as “Celebrate Me Home,” “Nightwatch” and “Keep the Fire,” and he cornered the market on movie soundtrack hits, scoring with “I’m Alright” (from “Caddyshack”), the title hit from “Footloose,” “Danger Zone” (from “Top Gun”) and “Nobody’s Fool” (“Caddyshack II”).
With the 1994 album “Return to Pooh Corner,” Loggins found a new specialty, and he returned to children’s music in “More Songs From Pooh Corner” in 2000 and in 2009’s “All Join In,” which featured contributions from all five of his children.
|1984||Best Song||"Footloose" from Footloose||Nomination*|