Saturday, May 23, 2015

"Heart to Heart" by Kenny Loggins

Song#:  1266
Date:  11/27/1982
Debut:  59
Peak:  15
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  This second single from Loggins' "High Adventure" album did just slightly better than the first. His duet with Steve Perry "Don't Fight It" reached #17. For this song Loggins got an assist from his friend Michael McDonald, who co-wrote the tune and sings backup. It was nearly as successful as their earlier pairing on Loggins' Grammy-winning "This Is It" (#11, 1979). The song did better at AC where it reached #3.

ReduxReview:  McDonald's footprint is certainly all over this, but Loggins' contribution keeps it from sounding like a lost Doobie Brothers track. It's a nice song and I'm sure its success at AC helped it climb the pop chart, but I don't think it is one of Loggins' most memorable hits. If fact, when this song appeared next in my queue I was really hard pressed to remember what the song sounded like. Even the chorus escaped my memory. Of course, on first listen it came back to me. It's pleasant enough, but just nothing where I'd hit the repeat button.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Loggins began as a songwriter and was on staff at ABC/Wingate. One of his first successes was the song "House at Pooh Corner," which got recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970. It was issued as a single and reached #53 on the pop chart. Loggins would record the song with Jim Messina for their 1971 album "Sittin' In." Years later in 1994, Loggins revisited the song and reworked it into "Return to Pooh Corner." Featuring vocals by Amy Grant, it became the title track to a children's album he created. It was issued as a single and reached #25 at AC. The album eventually went platinum.


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