Kenny Loggins’ remarkable four-decade-plus career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children’s hearts while bringing his soulful, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it’s been a part of his life as long as he can remember.
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina release their acclaimed album, “Sittin’ In,” in 1971, featuring Loggins’ own version of “Pooh Corner” and the beautiful ballad “Danny’s Song.” The prolific recording and touring duo released a studio album every year from 1971 to 1976, wrapping with Native Sons. The time had come for Loggins to cast off on his own.
“When I recorded “Celebrate Me Home,” I was very excited, I was like an arrow pulled back in a bow. I’d waited 7 years to finally make my solo album,” Loggins says. His 1977 Phil Ramone-produced solo debut went platinum and included “I Believe in Love,” the song he’d written for Barbra Streisand to perform in the film “A Star Is Born.” The album came out just in time for Loggins to score a gig opening for Fleetwood Mac on the Rumours tour, and he went from playing large rooms to arenas overnight. He struck up a friendship with Stevie Nicks, who generously offered to sing one of his songs. Loggins wrote the perfect tune with his friend, Melissa Manchester – “Whenever I Call You Friend” from his 1978 album, “Nightwatch.”
The hits just kept on coming. Loggins pulled up for a songwriting session at Michael McDonald’s house and heard the opening melody of “What a Fool Believes” coming out of the door. “He stopped playing after 8 bars, but my imagination kept going. The pair won a Best Song Grammy – Loggins’ first – for the tune in 1979. The following year, the pair picked up a second Grammy for “This Is It,” off Loggins’ third consecutive platinum solo album, “Keep the Fire.”
In the 1980s, Loggins also earned a new title: king of the movie soundtrack. Film producer Jon Peters called him in to see a rough cut of “Caddyshack,” and Loggins provided the cult classic’s smash “I’m Alright.” When a pal asked Loggins to write a few songs for an as-yet-unmade picture called “Footloose,” he whipped up a No. 1 blockbuster: “I had a little up-tempo thing I’d been messing with that I probably wouldn’t have written if it hadn’t have been for the movie,” Loggins says. He scored a track on Tom Cruise’s Top Gun (“Playing with the Boys”) and performed that movie’s indelible hit “Danger Zone.”
Now, Long Island Cares, Inc. has a special block of 20 tickets to see Kenny Loggins at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury for one night only on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM. Like all of the concerts at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, all of the seats are great, and August 10 will be no different for a special evening with Kenny Loggins. Our block of tickets are in the 16 and 17 rows. In addition to your tickets you have an opportunity to meet many of Long Island Cares’ donors and friends, and support the work of Long Island’s regional food bank. Our special block of tickets are $75.00 each and a portion of the ticket sales will support the Long Island Cares’ Endowment Fund.
To reserve your tickets please email Claire Fratello at: [email protected].