Have You Heard This Duet Version of “What A Fool Believes”?

Kenny Loggins. Fangirl love. Frequent topic of articles. Blah, blah, blah. What a fool believes is that I’ve never written a Kenny Loggins-themed article for the Retroist.

Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald

A Kenny Loggins/Michael McDonald collaboration is not new or novel. Their association dates back to 1978, when the two wrote “What A Fool Believes,” each recording their own version (Loggins as a solo artist, McDonald with The Doobie Brothers for their 1978 album Minute By Minute). The song debuted on the charts on January 20, 1979 at #73, reaching #1 on April 14, 1979, and remaining there for one week. For Loggins, the song appeared on his 1978 album Nightwatch. I should note that Loggins’ version is the first recorded version.

The pair first recorded together beginning with 1979’s Keep the Fire (if you’ve heard “This Is It,” then you’ve heard Michael McDonald’s backing vocals). The duo still make concert appearances together, and even co-collaborated with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner for his 2017 album Drunk.

Surely you’ve heard this amazing song, “Show You The Way”? It definitely calls back to the days of Loggins and McDonald in the 1970s and 1980s.

I blame my friend/fellow friend of Retroist (and Michael McDonald fan) Claire for introducing me to this song:

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If you can get past the “mad man surfacing from beneath the dark waters” album cover, Thundercat really knows how to collaborate!

Outside: From The Redwoods

Outside: From The Redwoods is a 1992 concert filmed for PBS (it aired in 1993), shot in an outdoor venue among giant redwood trees. The concert features reworked versions of Loggins’ songs, as well as appearances by R&B singer Shanice, and yes, the co-subject of this article, Michael McDonald.

Second only to the beauty of the Redwoods is Kenny Loggins hair.

I haven’t had hair envy this bad since I saw Chicago at the Greek Theatre. Chicago Circa 1993 was a hair party, but Kenny Loggins clearly has them beat.

And seriously. Michael McDonald. Has he changed in the last 25 years…or ever?

I promise, this screenshot is not from a concert filmed last week. It’s from 1992.

What A Fool Believes When He Is In the Redwoods

Shocker of all shockers: I had no idea this version of “What A Fool Believes” existed. I like listening to random Kenny Loggins shuffling on my Amazon Echo Dot while I’m writing or playing Nintendo Switch. This version happened to come up one night last month while I was listening out of excitement of buying Kenny Loggins concert tickets.

Shocker of all shockers #2: I have yet to see this concert. I’ve been trying to watch newer live performances to get an idea of what to expect from a Kenny Loggins concert. This one is on my short list, so never you worry, I will watch it!

Anyway, this version of “What A Fool Believes.” It’s beautiful, moving, and Kenny Loggins has pretty hair.

Have a listen!

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The use of Xylophone is amazing. How did this one fly under my radar?!

Whenever I Call You (My Other) Friend

Yes, this is about Kenny Loggins.

Did I mention I have OTHER Kenny Loggins articles on this site?

Kenny Loggins (And Michael McDonald)…on PBS!

Kenny Loggins and David Foster Brag, Then Perform “Forever”

And the Only Way to Start Your Set at a David Foster Concert? Heart to Heart!

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.

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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.

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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?

You’ve never seen such a beautiful site, until you’ve seen Allison’s blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can also follow her blog on Facebook, and call her “friend” on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut. 

Go on, give her a reason to carry on…with her writing!

Kenny Loggins (And Michael McDonald)…on PBS!

So…did I ever talk about how much I love Kenny Loggins’ music?

Kenny Loggins and David Foster Brag, Then Perform Forever

And the Only Way to Start Your Set at a David Foster Concert? Heart to Heart!

Oh.

Well then.

Ok, so I love Kenny Loggins music – I know, I know, tell you something you don’t already know – but this was shared on my Facebook timeline the other day (thanks to Claire M. for making sure I saw this).

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And it was accompanied by this explanation, as written by Michael McDonald…

“Yacht rock smooth” takes “Other Worldly Funk” prisoner back stage at PBS taping of Kenny Loggins Soundstage performance!… Lol! Kenny, Steve ( aka Thunderkat!), and me. This young guy is ridiculously talented! A real inspiration! Had a blast doing the taping in Chicago! The performance chronicles the amazing career of my old friend, recording artist, performer, and composer extraordinaire, Kenny Loggins.

After I picked my jaw up the floor and stopped screaming (within, since I was at work) like the untamed fangirl I tend to be in these situations, I tried to find some information about when this will air. I’m not a fan of PBS (I only watch the David Foster concerts that originally aired there), but you best bet my TV will be tuned in that night!

I haven’t found any information yet, but I promise as soon as I do find out, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops!

And another thing you best bet?

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#WhitePeopleGrooving

Allison loves her music. She especially loves anything that has to do with Kenny Loggins. For some reason, he is her current music addiction (besides Chicago, of course). She’s never seen Loggins in concert, but she has seen Chicago perform. She brags about that AND has plenty to offer on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can also follow her blog on Facebook, and she’s on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

Allison is capable of #WhitePeopleGrooving.

And the Only Way to Start Your Set at a David Foster Concert? Heart to Heart!

So, you probably read that article/fawning I wrote about the time Kenny Loggins and David Foster bragged about their songwriting prowess when it came to Loggins’ 1985 single “Forever.” And if you’re like me, you watched the source material video at least twice.

Don’t judge me!

If you haven’t seen this concert, there’s actually a song Loggins sang prior to bringing down the house with that incredible high note, and yes, it’s an equally good song to “Forever.”

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Loggins performed his 1982 song “Heart to Heart” as the first part of his set during Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends.I won’t bore you with the details of the song itself (I wrote about it last year over on my blog – feel free to take a look at that post), but I will show you Loggins nailing it almost thirty years later…and live!

For the uninitiated/Non-Kenny Loggins fans among us, “Heart to Heart” is from his 1982 album “High Adventure,” where it was cool to look like Indiana Jones crossed with Dennis Miller.

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And while the live version isn’t as great as the studio version, I only blame the lack of Michael McDonald backup vocals.

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But what it has is plenty of Loggins proving he still has it. He takes the song and totally feels the music. I expect conviction with nothing less than what any great artist can give,

You know what else this clip has? This husband and wife.

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Conviction. Catch the excitement!

And you know who else is feeling it?

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Kenny G and his sax. And the guy sitting behind Kenny G…and his sax.

Conviction!

Loggins also sang this song live with another famous face – and the guy behind the backup vocals on the original version – Doobie Brother himself, Michael McDonald!

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This one is amazing and funny at the same time – they sound and look terrific together on stage, and it’s worth sticking around to watch Michael McDonald forget the words and acknowledge it, while Loggins just laughs.

I’ll admit, this is one of my favorite (or damn close to it) Kenny Loggins song, and no matter who is on backing vocals, it’s a great song. I love the peppiness and meaning of the song, and let’s face it, white people jamming in the audience at a concert make it…even more white.

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Once more, with conviction!

Allison enjoys crafting these pieces with all the conviction of a white couple jamming in the audience at a David Foster concert. If you want to see more of that conviction, you can head on over to her blog, Allison’s Written Words, and you can also follow her blog on Facebook, and give her a tweet @AllisonGeeksOut.

She wrote this with conviction.