Yes, this is about Kenny Loggins.
Did I mention I have OTHER Kenny Loggins articles on this site?
I started to write this in the middle of listening to a triple threat of Kenny Loggins songs – “Playing with the Boys,” “Heart to Heart” (my personal favorite Kenny Loggins song), and the song that serves as this article’s title (ok, this is a play on the song’s title), which was the song that set off the whole triple threat. And this article.
Who says you can’t find inspiration in the strangest of places? Though if you ask me, iHeart Radio is a perfectly fine place to draw inspiration from!
“Whenever I Call You ‘Friend'” is a single from Loggins’ 1978 album Nightwatch. The single was releasd in July 1978, and reached #5 in the fall of that same year. It was co-penned by Loggins and singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, and was inspired by their chance meetings in various places and pairings at televised awards shows. They managed to keep running into each other, and Loggins asked Manchester to write a song with him.
And so they did. The result of that collaboration (and a salute to their chance meetings) was Whenever I Call You “Friend.”
But they never actually sang it together.
No really, they wrote it, but they apparently never had a chance meeting to record it together.
The actual story behind why this never happened all comes down to record labels – Loggins was signed to Columbia Records (still is), and Manchester was signed to Arista Records. So if they wanted to collaborate, their labels would never have allowed it to happen.
So Loggins found a “friend” who could record with him – Fleetwood Mac’s own, Stevie Nicks.
This is their version.
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Oh, and he did this version with his band. And it doesn’t sound bromance-like at all.
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Meanwhile, Melissa Manchester recorded a separate version with Arnold McCuller.
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I don’t know, this version just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe it is the Kenny Loggins bias, but I really like the version everyone seems more familiar. Manchester chose not to include it on her 2012 retrospective, Playlist, citing that she doesn’t feel like her version is satisfactory as compared to Loggins’ version. However, her version was more critically acclaimed, with AllMusic saying Manchester’s version is a far more “elegant and supple song.”
Which version is forever doing it for you?
Go on, give her a reason to carry on…with her writing!