Loggins serenades the fairgrounds


Rock fans took a trip into the “Danger Zone” Monday night when Kenny Loggins stepped onto the grandstand stage at the Lorain County Fair and belted out a collection of hits.

Starting the concert with “Danny’s Song,” Loggins said he could tell where he was by the aroma.

“I can tell by the smell of sugar in the air that we’re at a state fair,” he said. “I saw a sign that said, ‘We will deep fry anything.’ We’re finally here together and it’s been a heck of a ride.”

As one half of Loggins and Messina, he performed from 1972 to 1977 before branching out into a hugely successful solo career. His title song from the movie “Footloose” earned an Academy Award nomination in 1984, and the hits kept rolling with “Danger Zone” and “I’m Alright” coming on the “Top Gun” and “Caddyshack” soundtracks.

He shared a story Monday from the stage about the creation of “House at Pooh Corner,” written in the 1970s and re-worked as “Return to Pooh Corner” in 1994 as a tribute to newborn son Luke.

“I got all the way through writing it, and I get a cease and desist order from Disney lawyers,” Loggins said. “So, I chose to cease and desist. Little did I know I was dating the daughter of a Disney CEO. I told her what happened, and she said, ‘I’ll call Daddy.’ Pretty soon, the dogs were called off.”

Loggins has recorded 12 platinum albums, won two Grammy Awards, and earned the moniker of “king of the movie soundtrack” for his work on Hollywood blockbusters.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

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Singer and songwriter Kenny Loggins works his way through a set Monday night at the Lorain County Fair.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/08/web1_IMG_9996.jpgSinger and songwriter Kenny Loggins works his way through a set Monday night at the Lorain County Fair.

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Dating the daughter of a Disney CEO helped avoid trouble when writing “The House at Pooh Corner,” Loggins said.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/08/web1_IMG_0007.jpgDating the daughter of a Disney CEO helped avoid trouble when writing “The House at Pooh Corner,” Loggins said.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | AIM Media Midwest

Loggins says hello to the crowd and that he could smell fair food in the air.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/08/web1_IMG_9987.jpgLoggins says hello to the crowd and that he could smell fair food in the air.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | AIM Media Midwest

By Jonathan Delozier

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