Loggins & Messina Biography

US duo comprising Kenny Loggins (7 January 1948, Everett, Washington, USA) and Jim Messina (b. 5 December 1947, Maywood, California, USA). Following his premature departure from Poco, Messina intended to resume his career as a record producer, a role he had previously carried out by producing the final Buffalo Springfield album, 1968’s Last Time Around. Songwriter Loggins, who had recently experienced success when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took his whimsical song ‘House At Pooh Corner’ into the US charts, was signed by CBS Records and was introduced to Messina who was now a staff producer. This started a partnership that lasted five years (1971-1976) and produced numerous gold albums. By combining country rock with hints of Latin, Mexican and R&B, the duo hit upon a strong formula. All nine albums reached high US chart positions and spawned a number of hit singles including ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’ (number 4 in 1972), ‘Thinking Of You’ (number 18 in 1973) and ‘My Music’ (number 16 in 1973). As seasoned performers, their regular tours of North America made them a major attraction during the first half of the 70s.

Following an amicable split in 1976, Loggins embarked on a solo career that reached a commercial peak in the mid-80s with the massive hits ‘Footloose’ and ‘Danger Zone’. Messina, following three moderately successful solo albums, instigated the re-formation of the much-loved Poco in 1989 to considerable acclaim and a successful album Legacy. A surprisingly fresh album (Watching The River Run) was issued in 1996 covering Messina’s entire career. Reworkings and new recordings of his back catalogue demonstrated a relaxed and mature voice, which has clearly improved with age. In early 2005, Loggins and Messina announced they were reuniting for a full-blown US tour.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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