Dave Loggins

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"Augusta" (The Masters Theme Song)

"Augusta" The Masters Theme Song


"I wrote the song in '82 partly while walking the course with Ken Chance. I wrote about half of it in my head and then when the head of CBS gave me the "go-ahead," I finished it out on the road in Oklahoma with Steve "T" Brantley and the band. We recorded it at the Bennett House out in Franklin, just off Main Street. Norbert Putnam owned the studio and helped me do it. We recorded it on a Tuesday, and I flew to Augusta on Wednesday to play it for the head of CBS Sports. He was thrilled. It aired Thursday night on the recap, with the vocal and lyrics, to a billion people. People from as far away as Holland, Japan, and all over, were calling in to see who did it and how to get a copy. They locked up the switchboards at the Master's offices! Fortunately, they kept playing the instrumental..."


Dave Loggins

"Please Come to Boston"

"Please Come to Boston"


"The story is almost true, except there wasn't anyone waiting {here} so I made her up. In effect, making the longing for someone stronger. It was a recap to my first trip to each of those cities and out of innocence. That was how I saw each one. The fact of having no one to come home to made the chorus easy to write. Some 40 years later, I still vividly remember that night, and it was as if someone else was writing the song."


Dave Loggins

"Morning Desire"

"Morning Desire"

"Kenny Rogers called me back in 1986 to write him a song for a new album he was doing with George Martin, who produced the Beatles. I flew down to Atlanta, and then to the Jetport where I boarded a helicopter. We landed in the front yard, right in front of Kenny's front door! We had a light dinner and then drove around the ranch in a jeep. He gave me a ranch house to stay in. At night, I would fly with Kenny and the band to places like St. Louis for shows. He and I rode in a limo but people would crawl all over it as we tried to leave. It was like the Beatles with people pushing he and I into the car! I had a session booked for Friday morning for a song I didn't have until Wednesday night.
   All the while, I was watching and listening to the set and trying to figure out what was missing tempo wise and story wise. When I heard horses running by the window and rain was pourin' down I created the line, "The thunder sounds like horses hoofs." When I got that line, the rest just fell out. I wrote "Morning Desire" in three days, and I was up most of the time.
   I flew back early, went straight to the studio, and finished it just as the musicians were coming in. I mailed it to him that night.
    He called me back Saturday, the song was cut on a Friday, and fedexed to him. He wanted to change the most important line in the song. "The thunder sounds like horses hoofs." I said "No"...and he said he would play it for George. It was the only hit single off of that album."

Dave Loggins

"Orange Memories" (100 years of Vol. Football)

"Orange Memories"


   "The Assistant Athletic Director at University of Tennessee was a friend of my neighbors, and I guess I was in the right place at the right time. The University was looking for a song to commemorate 100 years of Volunteer Football for an upcoming gala. I told him I would love to do it. They sent me two videos that covered 100 years, and they were each about 90 minutes long. I started watching the videos, and wrote the song in about 10 days. That was all the time I had, since the video still needed to be edited to the song, and then completed in time for the event. I played the acoustic guitar and sang the vocals while recording it at my house. My friend, "T" helped with the engineering and mixing and then we sent it up to Knoxville. 
   After Coach Majors heard it, he invited me to lunch in Gibbs Hall. Only athletes are normally allowed in there. I became close friends with John, which is why I got to attend 4 games that year and even sat in the skybox with my boys for the Alabama game.
   While in town for that game, I was asked to perform "Orang Memories" at the gala. It was an honor to sing to 3500 people, consisting of mostly old Volunteers' Players and Coaches. Of course, Coach Majors was there too, and sitting right up front. I performed in front of a giant screen to the edited video. I wore a tux out of respect for the Big Orange and didn't miss a lick. And for that, I received a standing ovation...2 in fact."

Dave Loggins

"Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"

"Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"

   "I was in the studio working when I got a call from Anne's producer asking me to come to Toronto.  I asked, "When do you want me there?" He replied. "Tonight!" Anne really wanted to sing with me and I had always been impressed by her voice, so I was happy to go.
   So, I dropped everything I was doing and ran down to the publishing company to get a copy of the song. I went home, got some clothes, and was on a plane late that afternoon.
   I spent the night in Detroit in some seedy motel because my connecting flight had been canceled. But it gave me time to listen to and learn the song. I flew out to Toronto the next morning and was sitting in the studio with Anne at the piano by 10am.  
   Finding the right key for the song was tricky. Luckily, I have a good range for vocals because we ended up in F#. That is about as high as I can sing! We each had a microphone and sat facing each other. It was early in the morning by the time we had started recording, but that no longer mattered. When she sang, I was mesmerized and glad that she had chosen me to sing the duet with her. I had to sing right up next to the microphone to get my voice as wide as hers, which is slightly difficult but we got it on tape.
   The song went on to be a #1 record and we won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. I think it is the only time that has ever been accomplished without a record deal! We also received a Grammy Nomination. 
   To sing with Anne Murray on the Grand Ole Opry stage is something I will never forget and it was a major highlight of my musical career."

Dave Loggins