Danny's Song

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"Danny's Song"
Song by Loggins and Messina
from the album Sittin' In
Released November 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Folk rock
Length 4:16
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Kenny Loggins
Producer(s) Jim Messina

"Danny's Song" is a song written by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, as a gift for his brother Danny for the birth of his son, Colin. It first appeared on an album by Gator Creek[1] and later appeared a year later on the album Sittin' In, the debut album by Loggins and Messina. The song is well remembered for both the Loggins and Messina original, as well as Anne Murray's 1972 top-ten charting cover.

Loggins and Messina version[edit]

Loggins and Jim Messina released Sittin' In in 1971, and although the album yielded no Top 40 radio hits, one song that received a significant amount of radio airplay was "Danny's Song". Loggins wrote the song for his brother, Danny Loggins, in 1970 when Danny became the father of a boy named Colin – his first son.[2]

"Danny's Song" was included as the B-side of one of their early single releases, "Nobody But You" (U.S. #86, 1972). Loggins and Messina would achieve chart success in 1973 with their song "Your Mama Don't Dance", but their version of "Danny's Song" remains one of their best-known songs through frequent airplay on rock and adult contemporary radio stations.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Anne Murray version[edit]

"Danny's Song"
Danny's Song - Anne Murray.jpg
Single by Anne Murray
from the album Danny's Song
B-side "Drown Me"
Released December 23. 1972
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Country
Length 3:03
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Kenny Loggins
Producer(s) Brian Ahern
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Robbie's Song for Jesus"
(1972)
"Danny's Song"
(1972)
"What About Me"
(1973)
"Robbie's Song for Jesus"
(1972)
"Danny's Song"
(1972)
"What About Me"
(1973)

Canadian country-pop music singer Anne Murray was a fan of the original recording and recorded a cover version in 1972. The version she recorded of the song omitted two of the lyric verses and is in a different key than the original version by Loggins & Messina. Included on her album of the same name, Murray's version of "Danny's Song" was a hit, reaching the Top 10 on three major Billboard music charts in early 1973. On the pop chart, the song reached number seven (returning Murray to that chart's top ten for the first time since 1970's "Snowbird");[3] on the country chart, it peaked at number ten;[2] and on the easy listening chart, it spent two weeks at number one in March of that year.[2] Murray's version also earned her a Grammy Award nomination in the category Best Female Pop Vocal performance at the Grammy Awards of 1974, losing out to "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack. Murray stated that she loved the original version, but the song took on a deeper meaning for her after the birth of her first child a few years later. In an interview, she stated that "Whenever I was singing that song, it was very meaningful."[2]

Murray covered the song a second time on her 2007 album Duets:Friends & Legends as a duet with Martina McBride.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1972–73) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[4] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks[5] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 7
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 10
US Billboard Easy Listening 1
US Cash Box Top 100[9] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Rank
Canada RPM Top Singles [10] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 37
US Cash Box [12] 25

Other covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recording: Danny's Song". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary for March 17, 1973". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for January 27, 1973". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary for January 20, 1973". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Anne Murray Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard.
  8. ^ "Anne Murray Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
  9. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 14, 1973
  10. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 8, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly". 
  11. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  12. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1973
  13. ^ "Me First and the Gimme Gimmes :: Have A Ball - Records: Fat Wreck Chords". Fatwreck.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  14. ^ "Facebook". Glee The Music. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  15. ^ "Danny's Song (The Voice Performance) - Single by The Swon Brothers". iTunes Store (CA). Apple Inc. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Swon Brothers Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "John Frusciante". John Frusciante. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine"
by Tom T. Hall
RPM Country Tracks number-one single (Anne Murray version)
January 27, 1973
Succeeded by
"I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me"
by Merle Haggard
Preceded by
"Last Song" by Edward Bear
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single (Anne Murray version)
March 17, 1973 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sing" by The Carpenters