Kenny Loggins

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Loggins in 1995

Kenneth Clark Loggins (born January 7, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Loggins was born in Everett, Washington.

Career[change | change source]

He first became well-known in the 1970s as one half of the rock-pop duo Loggins and Messina with Jim Messina.[1] In the 1980s, Loggins became known for his songs, many of which were hits, for movie soundtracks. He famously sung "Danger Zone" (peaked at #2 in the U.S.) and "Playing with the Boys" from Top Gun (1986) and "Footloose" (#1 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa) and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" from Footloose (1984). For "Footloose", he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.[2] He also performed the songs "I'm Alright" (peaked at #7 in the U.S.), "Mr. Night" and "Lead the Way" from Caddyshack (1980), and "Meet Me Half Way" from Over the Top (1987).[3]

Loggins wrote the song "What a Fool Believes" with Michael McDonald. The single was performed by the Doobie Brothers, reaching #1 in the U.S. and Canada in 1979. In 1981, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his song "This Is It". He was also a member of USA for Africa, singing on the 1985 fundraising single "We Are the World".

Loggins voiced himself, the host of Los Santos Rock Radio, in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V.[4] He has also had guest appearances in the animated series Archer and Family Guy.[5]

Personal life[change | change source]

He was married to Eva Ein from 1978 to 1990. The couple had three children, Crosby (born 1980), Cody (born 1983) and Isabella (born 1988). He was married to Julia Cooper from 1992 to 2004. They have two children, Lukas (born 1993) and Hana (born 1997).[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ruhlmann, William. "Loggins & Messina". AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  2. "The 57th Academy Awards – 1985". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  3. "Kenny Loggins talks about why he is 'the soundtrack king'". Big 95. September 26, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  4. Lifton, Dave (September 19, 2013). "'Grand Theft Auto V' Classic Rock Station Features Bob Seger, Robert Plant + More". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  5. Raftery, Liz (March 3, 2014). "Kenny Loggins Brings Archer Into the "Danger Zone"". TV Guide. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  6. Brown, Joe (March 12, 2009). "Heart in hand, Kenny Loggins rides into danger zone". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 3, 2019.

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