Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Keep the Fire" by Kenny Loggins

Song#:  0066
Date:  02/23/1980
Debut:  82
Peak:  36
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock



Pop Bits:  Although he had intentions on a solo career earlier in the 70s, he and Jim Messina formed an unexpected duo that proved successful. The association ended in 1976 and Loggins finally got started on his solo career. His first Top 10 hit was the duet with Stevie Nicks "Whenever I Call You Friend" and a year later just missed the Top 10 with "This Is It" (#11). This song was the follow-up single.

ReduxReview:  I like the song, but I've heard it several times and it just isn't sticking with me. It definitely has that late 70s smooth rock sound and it is a solid tune. I think its final chart position basically tells the tale - good and radio friendly, but nothing special or real memorable.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Loggins and Michael McDonald had several collaborations, the most famous being "What a Fool Believes," which they co-wrote. Both recorded the song - Loggins as a solo song and McDonald with the Doobie Brothers. Loggins' version came out first on his album "Nightwatch," but it was the single by the Doobies that became the big hit and earned them both Grammys. McDonald also co-wrote and sang backup vocals on Loggins' "This Is It."

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