Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Kenny Loggins

What a Fool Believes

Co-written and first recorded by Kenny Loggins (1978).
Hit version by The Doobie Brothers (US #1 1978).

From the wiki: “‘What a Fool Believes’ was written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. The best-known version was recorded by The Doobie Brothers (for the album Minute by Minute), with McDonald on lead vocal, but the song was first recorded and released five months prior by Loggins on his album Nightwatch. McDonald’s original idea for the song was that of a man who is reunited with an old love interest and attempts to rekindle a romantic relationship with her before discovering that a relationship had never really existed. It was Loggins, right before meeting McDonald for the first time, who devised the bridge of the song.

Return to Pooh Corner

First recorded (as “House at Pooh Corner”) by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (US #53 1970).
Also recorded (as “House at Pooh Corner”) by Loggins & Messina (1971).
Hit version by Kenny Loggins & Amy Grant (US #25 1994).

From the wiki: “‘House at Pooh Corner’ was written by Kenny Loggins, while still in high school, based on the popular children’s book of the same name. “Pooh Corner” would be first recorded in 1970 by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for the album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy.

“Loggins would then, in 1971, cover his own song with his producer and duo partner, Jim Messina, for their debut album Sittin’ In (on which also appeared the his ‘Danny’s Song’). In 1994, after the birth of his third child, Loggins (with Amy Grant) re-recorded the song, adding an additional verse, as ‘Return to Pooh Corner’.”