Loggins & Messina
Tired of touring, as a member of the legendary Buffalo Springfield, and later with his band Poco, Jim Messina launched a new career as an independent producer for Columbia Records. In '70, Messina met the up and coming Kenny Loggins and was instrumental in getting Loggins a deal with Columbia.
Over the course of recording Loggins debut album, Messina made substantial contributions - from songwriting and arrangements to playing and singing. So it was decided to call the '71 album "Kenny Loggins With Jim Messina Sittin' In."
Though "Sittin' In" hardly set the world on fire, Columbia president Clive Davis convinced Loggins and Messina to continue as a duo.
From their '72 set, simply titled "Loggins & Messina" came the novelty hit "Your Mama Don't Dance." The song reached #4 on the Billboard pop chart. Over fifteen years later it was covered by the Hair Metal band Poison who had a #10 hit with it.
The duo also released soft rock favorites "Danny's Song" (covered by MOR singer Anne Murray who had a hit with it) "A Love Song" and "House On Pooh Corner."
Loggins & Messina recorded four more successful albums ('73's "Full Sail; '74's "Mother Lode; '75's "So Fine"; and '76's "Native Sons") before Loggins actually pursued his long delayed solo career. Messina also embarked on a solo career but with a much lower profile.
1971 Sittin' In
1972 Loggins And Messina
1973 Full Sail
1974 Mother Lode
1975 So Fine
1976 Native Sons