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‘Forever’ by Kenny Loggins – Classic Hit or Miss

When Columbia signed Loggins to a six-album contract (with the assistance of Messina), recording began in earnest for Loggins’ debut album, with Messina as producer. Messina originally intended to lend his name to the Loggins project only to help introduce the unknown Loggins to Messina’s well-established Buffalo Springfield and Poco audiences. But by the time the album was completed, Messina had contributed so much to the album – in terms of songwriting, arrangement, instrumentation, and vocals – that an “accidental” duo was born. Thus, the full name of their first album was Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In.

Although the album went unnoticed by radio upon release, it eventually found success by autumn 1972, particularly on college campuses where the pair toured heavily. Loggins’ and Messina’s harmonies meshed so well that what was begun as a one-off album became an entity unto itself. Audiences regarded the pair as a genuine duo rather than as a solo act with a well-known producer. Instead of continuing to produce Loggins as a sole performer, they decided to record as a duo – Loggins & Messina.

“When our first album, ‘Sittin’ In’, came out, we started receiving a lot of excitement about the music and good sales,” Messina recalled in 2005. “We had a choice. It was either I now go on and continue to produce him and we do the solo career or we stay together and let this work. For me, I did not desire to go back out on the road. I had had enough of that, and I wanted to produce records. But Clive Davis (then president of the record company) intervened and said, ‘You know, I think you’d be making a mistake if you guys didn’t take this opportunity. Things like this only happen once in a lifetime. It may merit you sleeping on it overnight and making a decision that will be in your best interest.’ He was absolutely correct. Kenny made the decision as well. It delayed his solo career, but it gave him an opportunity, I think, to have one.”

The pair had by early 1976 quietly but amicably parted to pursue solo careers, following the release of Native Sons.

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 hit song, “Whenever I Call You Friend”, a duet with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, though co-written with Melissa Manchester. He followed it in 1979 with Keep the Fire.

This hit #40 in 1985, and #3 on the Soft Rock Charts, how about today?

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