Kenneth Clark “Kenny” Loggins is an American singer and songwriter known best for “soft rock” and “adult contemporary” music beginning during the 1970s. Originally a part of the duo Loggins and Messina, he became a solo artist and has written songs for other artists.
Loggins was born in Everett, Washington and raised in Alhambra, California, where he formed a band called The Second Helping. This band released three singles during 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 bandleader and singer as well; Shaw included “Let Me In” on both Highs in the Mid-Sixties, Volume 2 and the Pebbles, Volume 9 CD.
During his early twenties, he was part of the band Gator Creek with Mike Deasy. An early version of “Danny’s Song” was included in a record on Mercury Records.
Loggins continued his career during the 1970s. After attracting the attention of fellow singer-songwriter Jim Messina, the two began a duo career as Loggins and Messina, which lasted until 1976. During 1977, Loggins produced his first solo album, Celebrate Me Home, which included the successful song “I Believe In Love,” sung originally by Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born. Nightwatch, a popular album released during 1978, included the success “Whenever I Call You Friend”, a duet with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, though co-written with Melissa Manchester. He followed this during 1979 with Keep the Fire.