I Know Forever Well Be Doing It: Whenever I Call You 'Friend'
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Song: Whenever I Call You 'Friend' (1978)

Artist: Kenny Loggins with Stevie Nicks

Album: Nightwatch (Columbia)

Although Kenny Loggins might be known as a movie soundtrack staple, and best remembered for Danny's Song, even if fans of the song don't quite realize its Kenny Loggins. However, Whenever I Call You 'Friend' was his first big solo hit, a duet with the great Stevie Nicks. With jazz horns (evidenced throughout the album) and an unmistakable disco beat in the fast parts, and a sax-solo, it cemented Loggins as an artist that could be not only a hit-maker, but a superstar. Although many will recognize the title line "Whenever I call You Friend" even more recognizable is the "slightly" adult "I know forever we'll be doing it."

Sweet love's showin' us a heavenly light
Never seen such a beautiful sight
See love glowing on us every night
I know forever we'll be doing it
Sweet love's showin' us a heavenly light
I've never seen such a beautiful sight
See love glowing on us every night
I know forever we'll be doing it

Nightwatch was Loggin's second solo album after Celebrate Me Home, released in 1978, his first without the support of Jim Messina as Loggins & Messina. This first album was more soft-rock and less folky than Loggins & Messina, and some may consider it a superior album to Nightwatch, but as far as the public consciousness at the time, it only scored a mid-chart hit with "I Believe in Love." The album certainly did well in its own right, but it wasn't exactly the hottest thing around. And although Celebrate Me Home was a supported by various studio musicians, Nightwatch afforded Loggins his own band.

Whenever I Call You 'Friend,' which Loggins co-wrote with Melissa Manchester, spent twenty weeks on the Billboard chart, peaking at no. 5 alongside such hits as Hot Child in the City by Nick Gilder, Kiss You All Over by the now legendary country band Exile (then a soft rock band), Double Vision by Foreigner, Reminiscing by Little River Band, and the number one hit You Needed Me by Anne Murray. Somehow most of these songs were beaten out by MacArthur Park by Donna Summer, the song about leaving a cake out in the rain.

Whenever I Call You Friend has a great melody throughout, especially the chorus hook and while its not the grittiest song on the album, it certainly is the prettiest and makes you want to sing along, although personally, I could do without the background harmonics.

The album itself is a mixture of originals and covers. The title song, 'Nightwatch' is seven and a half minutes long and just sits there, and none of the other songs are all that memorable, but one song may be of interest, since not many people will realize that the number one Doobie Brothers song What a Food Believes, sung by Michael McDonald was actually co-written by Loggins and Mcdonald, and Kenny Loggins' version appeared on Nightwatch the year before the Doobie Brothers scored a big hit (recorded in 1978) with the song. At this time, thanks to the Doobie Brothers revolving door, Michael Mcdonald who had been a session keyboard player for Steely Dan, entered the band and immediately began influencing a new musical direction, a much smoother R&B sound. What a Fool Believes ended up winning a Grammy for Record of the Year, and McDonald won his own. What a Food Believes is a great song, and many would wonder why it was not a hit on Loggins record, but if you listen to both versions, you realize the power of the right arrangement, if not the power of a mush-mouth vocal.

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