Whenever I Call You "Friend"

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"Whenever I Call You "Friend""
Single by Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks
from the album Nightwatch
B-side "Angelique"
Released 1978
Format 7"
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:57
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Kenny Loggins
Melissa Manchester
Producer(s) Bob James
Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks singles chronology
"I Believe in Love"
"Whenever I Call You 'Friend'"
"Easy Driver"

"Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" is a song written by Kenny Loggins and Melissa Manchester, which Loggins recorded for his 1978 album Nightwatch. Issued as a single, "Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" reached number 5 in the autumn of 1978.

"Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" is a duet with Stevie Nicks, who, though credited on the album track, is not credited on the single, making "Whenever I Call You 'Friend'," in effect, Loggins's first major solo hit.

Melissa Manchester recorded the song for her 1979 self-titled album. Charles Donovan of AllMusic said Manchester's version was a "far more supple, elegant song" than the Loggins-Nicks duet.[1]

Michael Johnson recorded "Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" as a duet with Alison Krauss for his 1997 album Then & Now.

In 1981 Jeane Manson recorded a French rendering of "Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" entitled "Amitie et Amour"; a substantial portion of Loggins's vocal from his 1978 recording was grafted onto the track. Credited to "Jeane Manson & Kenny Loggins," it reached number 54 on the French charts.

Chart performances[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[2] 9