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Whenever I Call You "Friend" by Kenny Loggins
Album: NightwatchReleased: 1978Charted:
Kenny Loggins co-wrote this with Melissa Manchester but sang it with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. He wanted to sing it with Manchester, but they were under different contracts. Loggins had the good fortune of being Fleetwood Mac's opening act for about a year and a half while they were touring behind their Rumours album, and this gave Kenny a lot of exposure. It's also how he got to know Stevie Nicks, who didn't get official credit on the song until the album was reissued.
The "Friend" of the title means the singer is friends with his girl, but also is in a relationship with her.
Melissa Manchester did a quiet version with Arnold McCuller singing backing vocals. The song was also covered by Michael Johnson and Alison Krauss. (thanks, Sara - Silver Spring, MD, for all above)