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Loggins & Messina

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(1971 – 1976, 2005 – present)

Loggins & Messina are an American music duo consisting of Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. They are noted for popularizing the subgenre of Yacht rock (the form of “soft rock” that was the subject of the video series with that title), which soon became prominent in the 1970s.

In late 1970 Jim Messina, formerly of Poco and Buffalo Springfield, was working as an independent contract record producer for Columbia Records. It was then that he met a little-known studio artist who had written a few songs of his own, Kenny Loggins. Loggins was working as contract songwriter for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Messina decided to produce Loggins’ debut album. By the time all was said and done, Messina had contributed so much to the album, both instrumentally and vocally, that the effort was more of a Kenny Loggins album with Jim Messina sitting in. Thus an accidental duo was born. Their harmonies meshed so well that what was begun as a one-off album became an entity unto itself. So rather than simply producing Kenny Loggins as a solo act, in 1971 they both decided to form a duo, Loggins and Messina.

Over the course of the next four to five years they produced five original material albums, one album of covers of other artists’ material and two live albums. One compilation album, a “best of”, would be released after the duo had separated.

As is natural in most mentor type relationships, Loggins outgrew the duo over time. Within a few years he would feel the need to spread his wings and fly by his own right, and by 1976 the pair separated and pursued successful solo careers, with Loggins soon achieving the super-star status that he sought.

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  • aka-rico

    I too saw them at the amphitheater 1972-1974 cant remember or find anything online about them but I remember it was one of the best shows Ive seen ever...Do you remember the one one with Winter Bros?Or any others?

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Akatsuki_Dei

    Man, check out that mustache O_O

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    I love this piece of music (*_*)

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • BWoolmore

    not only "yacht rock", but a perfect example of the sub-sub-genre, "sloop groove".

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Harfang

    why do people write things like this [2] This is a quality band fronted by two main guys, one of whom has a less than stellar musical reputation. That does not mean this project isn't valid. It's more than valid; the arrangements and instrumentation often bordered on genius.

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • beefandrootbeer

    "popularizing yacht rock"... why do people write things like this

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • vishal8492

    Danny's Song superb!!!

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • placidian

    Angry eyes kicks ass [2.] And so does Pathway To Glory!

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • squiggins

    Yacht rock? Seriously? Is that really a thing that people say?

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • TimmyDoyle

    Saw these 2 at the Andrews outdoor amphitheater in Hawaii back in the early 70's. Great music then, great music now. Their early stuff, unbelievably, can be found on youtube. House at Pooh Corner is exactly as I remember seeing it back then.

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Toddcraft

    This is the best band ever.

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • JXMBrennan

    Kenny Loggins performs "I'm Alright" on SIRIUS XM's Artist Confidential. Watch it now! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVhtuaIjHlU

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • teraevlyn

    A Chicago favorite for skating and stepping!!!

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • osmark

    chill stuff >D. and to think this man brought us footloose haha

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • MADDIEMADOO

    this song is sooooooooooo cute!!! LOL!

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • wonder_al

    \o/

    13 Apr 2007 Reply
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