February 6

“Danny’s Song”: A Gift of Kenny Loggins to His Brother


"Danny's Song": A Gift of Kenny Loggins to His Brother 1

Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina

What’s the best gift you can ever give to your sibling? Aside from love, well, a meaningful music is. A music that digs deep into the heart, more than your relationship, more than the blood that runs through your veins…

Well, take this Danny’s Song by Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina as an example.

People smile and tell me I’m the lucky one
And we’ve only just begun
Think I’m gonna have a son
He will be like she and me, as free as a dove
Conceived in love
Sun is gonna shine above

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright…

Watch Loggins & Messina’s Danny’s Song.

A gift to a brother…

Danny’s Song is Kenny Loggins’ “gift” to his brother, Danny, who had a son, Colin while Kenny was still in high school. Recorded in 1971, it appeared on their first album, Sittin’ In.

It’s the ultimate love song that is not focused on a relationship of a girl and a boy. It is mutual admiration, looking forward to being together and having a first child.

The song is told by Kenny Loggins’ brother to his wife. In addition, many people recognize the song by this line, not knowing the “real” name, Danny’s Song. Having or not having money should not be a reason to love or not to love. The bottom line is that he loves her, and that’s what counts.

Anne Murray’s Version: A Hit…

Canadian country-pop music singer Anne Murray was a fan of the original recording and recorded a cover version in 1972. However, the version she recorded of the song omitted two of the lyric verses and is in a different key than the original version by Loggins & Messina.

Included on her album of the same name, Murray’s version of “Danny’s Song” was a hit, reaching the Top 10 on three major Billboard music charts in early 1973.

On the pop chart, the song reached number seven; on the country chart, it peaked at number ten; and on the easy listening chart, it spent two weeks at number one in March of that year. Also, Murray’s version earned her a Grammy Award nomination in the category Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1974, losing out to “Killing Me Softly with His Song” by Roberta Flack.

Moreover, Murray stated that she loved the original version, but the song took on a deeper meaning for her after the birth of her first child a few years later. In an interview, she stated that

“Whenever I was singing that song, it was very meaningful.”

Watch Anne Murray perform Danny’s Song live.

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