Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ooh-wee! You're Comin' With Me!

Tired of the grind of touring, Jim Messina had retired from Poco and was working as a producer for Columbia Records in 1972. One of his first assignments was with a singer-songwriter named Kenny Loggins, who at the time was writing songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Messina had a grand time working with Loggins on his first album, singing along on the songs. They decided to ask Columbia if they could cut an album together as a duo; Columbia agreed as long as Messina was willing to go back on the road. Messina said yes; Columbia said, fine, go make your duo album. Loggins and Messina said, "We already did - it's called Kenny Loggins With Jim Messina Sittin' In."

The above story comes to you courtesy of Casey Kasem, whose old American Top 40s are being rerun in their entirety on the XM Radio station The 70s on 7. (Casey used this tale as an introduction to the Loggins and Messina hit "My Music," which reached the Top Twenty towards the end of 1973 and was, sadly, their last Top Forty hit; I would be remiss not to tell you that Bryan Adams played guitar on it.) You can't imagine what a boon this is to bloggers who traffic in '70s music trivia.

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