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Although Anne Murray made it famous in 1973, taking the song to #7 in the US, this is more associated with Kenny Loggins, who wrote the song for his brother's son Colin while in high school along with "House at Pooh Corner
." Dan Loggins was his older brother - he had another brother Bobby, who passed away from a heart attack in 1992.
This was first included on an album called "Gator Creek" a funk/ pop group. After Loggins met Jimmy Messina he rewrote the song for female singers like Anne Murray and Vicki Carr. The Anne Murray version only had two verses, which is why Kenny sings it today with those verses. At his concerts he usually has audience members sing along with the chorus.
Most people recognize the song by the chorus, "Even though we ain't got money, I'm so in love with you honey," as the title does not appear in the lyrics.
Dan Loggins later wrote "Vahevala
" and "Sailin' the Wind" for Loggins & Messina. It was the B-Side for their single "Nobody But You."
Anne Murray's next single was the Loggins & Messina favorite "A Love Song," which L&M wrote in 1973 for their third album. Murray's version went to #12 in the US.
Vicki Carr, Lynn Anderson, Teresa Brewer and the Indigo Girls have all recorded this song, and Anne Murray recorded a new version on her duets CD with Martina McBride. It's unusual for so many female artists to cover a song originally performed by a man. (thanks, Sara - Silver Spring, MD, for all above)
The song was covered by The Swon Brothers on NBC's The Voice in 2013. Their version landed at #66 on the Hot 100 after they sung it in the semi-finals.
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