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Whenever I Call You "Friend"


Kenny Loggins

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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 Macs 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)
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Comments (5):

On this day in 1978 {July 23rd} "Whenever I Call You Friend" by Kenny Loggins entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on October 22nd, 1978 it peaked at #5 {for 2 weeks} and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100 {and for 7 of those 20 weeks it was on the Top 10}...
It reached #3 in Canada and #9 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
Between 1977 and 1991 he had twenty Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Footloose", for 3 weeks on March 25th, 1984...
Just missed having a 2nd #1 when "Danger Zone" peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on July 20th , 1986 {the song was from the 'Top Gun' movie soundtrack album}...
Kenneth Clark Loggins will celebrate his 67th birthday this coming January 7th, 2014...
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
What's that muttering that's going on at the beginning?
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
Ms. Manchester also did this song when she was the guest star on the Muppet Show in the early 1980's with Floyd(of the band) as her duet partner(and a lot of other muppets)
- John, Ortonville, MN
I used to misunderstand this song. I thought they said, "Sweet love showing up on Saturday night." I thought it was their way of providing countermeasures to "Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody." It actually says "every night." Consider that then 6 ways from Saturday.
- Glenn, San Jose, CA
this song is magical and really expresses a deep and lasting friendship
- rod, Gainesville, FL
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