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Kenny Loggins Biography

Last updated: 02/28/2012 11:00:00 AM

Kenny was born in January 7, 1948 as Kenneth Clark Loggins in Everett, Washington, as the youngest of three boys. His father was a traveling salesman, which caused him as a kid to move to several different cities throughout the country before his family finally settled in a suburb of Los Angeles, California.

Kenny grew up in Catholic school, and learned to play guitar. As a teen he started playing clubs in areas of California. At eighteen, Kenny was hired as a staff writer for a publishing firm, payed $100 a week. Four years later, he met Jim Messina, who was impressed with several songs he had written for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, particularly the song this site is named after - "House at Pooh Corner", which he had written in high school as a good-bye to childhood. Although Jimmy had originally wanted to be Kenny's producer if he became a solo artist, when the album "Sittin' In" featuring Messina became popular, the pair decided to form a band called Loggins & Messina.

Over the next five years, Kenny and Jim went from obscurity to possessing international fame, amassing seven albums - selling over 4.5 million copies in total - and countless hit singles, including "Your Mama Don't Dance", "Watching the River Run", "Danny's Song", "Love Song", and many others. However, due to creative differences, the pair "split" in 1976 and Kenny began his solo career.

Kenny Loggins' first three albums - Celebrate Me Home, Keep the Fire and Nightwatch all went platinum on singles like "Celebrate Me Home", "This Is It", "What A Fool Believes", "Whenever I Call You Friend" featuring Stevie Nicks, and many more. Additionally, Kenny received two Grammy's for "What A Fool Believes" and "This Is It." High Adventure also produced several hits, including "Heart to Heart" and "Don't Fight It."

Kenny became phenomenally popular during the 1980's, doing movie soundtrack themes such as "Footloose" from the movie starring Kevin Bacon of the same name, "Danger Zone" from the Tom Cruise film Top Gun, and "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack, among others. Unfortunately, because Vox Humana became Kenny's first solo album not to make platinum status, and the following album Back to Avalon was labeled a "commercial fluke" by critics, much of the market left Kenny labeled an "80's soundtrack artist." Kenny managed to silence the critics in 1991 with his insightful album Leap of Faith, which in turn ended up producing four chart-topping Adult Contemporary singles. The following album, Return to Pooh Corner, Kenny's first children's album, which he describes as "music to ... enjoy children by", has already gone double platinum and was nominated for a Grammy in 1995.

Kenny recorded "For the First Time" from the movie One Fine Day in 1997, which in turn was nominated for an Academy Award. In this same year, he released Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, a compilation of 14 of his greatest hits as a solo artist, and The Unimaginable Life, an album sharing the same title as a book he wrote and published simultaneously with his wife Julia. Additionally, Kenny released December, his Christmas album, in 1998. Kenny lives with his wife and his five children (one of which is now in college) - Crosby, Cody, Isabella, Luke, and Hana.