Dan Loggins, who inspired this song, played a big role in its success. He was managing a discount record store operated by CBS Records; when his friend Don Ellis, who was running one of the other stores, got promoted to an A&R job at CBS, Dan gave him a demo of Kenny's music, which Ellis passed on to label boss Clive Davis, earning Kenny a record deal.
Dan also contributed on the creative side - he co-wrote "Vahevala
" and "Sailin' the Wind" (the B-Side of the single "Nobody But You") for Loggins and Messina. In the '80s he became a vice president at RCA Records, in charge of A&R.
Dan's son Colin, also an inspiration on this song, was in a band called Tappan Zee, where he sang and played bass.
Dan and Kenny had another brother, Bobby, who passed away from a heart attack in 1992.
Colin also inspired the song "House at Pooh Corner
," which Kenny wrote. That one was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and then by Loggins and Messina on Sittin' In