A Love Song (Loggins and Messina song)

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"A Love Song"
German cover art
Single by Anne Murray
from the album Love Song
B-side "You Can't Go Back"
Released December 1973
Format 7-inch single
Recorded October 1973
Genre Country, pop
Length 2:50
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) D. L. George and Kenny Loggins
Producer(s) Brian Ahren
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Send a Little Love My Way"
(1973)
"A Love Song"
(1973)
"You Won't See Me"
(1974)

"A Love Song" is a song written by Kenny Loggins and Dona Lyn George, first released by the folk-rock duo Loggins & Messina in 1973 on their album Full Sail. Country artist Anne Murray covered the song later that year for her album of the same name.

Released in December 1973, Murray's version became a major crossover hit early in 1974. In her native Canada, it topped all three singles charts: the overall Top Singles chart, the Country Tracks chart and the Adult Contemporary chart. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart and just missed the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 12. The song fared even better there in the adult contemporary market — it became Murray's third chart-topper on Billboard's American Hot Adult Contemporary Singles chart.[1] (In Canada, it was her seventh No. 1 on both the country and adult contemporary charts.) This was Murray's second Loggins & Messina cover, having charted with her version of their "Danny's Song" the previous year.

Later cover versions include Dar Williams, Jonathan Rayson and Kenny Loggins.

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny Loggins – lead vocals, classical acoustic guitar
  • Jim Messina – harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo
  • Jon Clarke – bass flute, alto flute
  • Al Garth – recorder
  • Larry Sims – bass, backing vocals
  • Merel Bregante – drums, backing vocals
  • Michael Omartian – piano
  • Milt Holland – shakers, triangle, congas, chocalho

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 1
US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)[6]
5
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 176. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks: Issue 5007." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 23, 1974.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 4989." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 2, 1974.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4993a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 16, 1974.
  5. ^ "Anne Murray Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Anne Murray.
  6. ^ "Hot Country Singles". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc) 86 (7): 30. February 16, 1974. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ "Anne Murray Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Anne Murray.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Love's Theme"
by Love Unlimited Orchestra
US Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
(Anne Murray version)

February 9, 1974
Succeeded by
"Last Time I Saw Him"
by Diana Ross
Preceded by
"Seasons in the Sun"
by Terry Jacks
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary number-one single
(Anne Murray version)

February 23 - March 3, 1974 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Who's in the Strawberry Patch with Sally"
by Dawn
Preceded by
"World of Make Believe"
by Bill Anderson
Canadian RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Anne Murray version)

March 2–9, 1974 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"There Won't Be Anymore"
by Charlie Rich
Preceded by
"Spiders and Snakes"
by Jim Stafford
Canadian RPM number-one single
(Anne Murray version)

March 16, 1974
Succeeded by
"Rock On"
by David Essex