Kenny Loggins spent the 1980s as the go-to guy for memorable movie songs, fueled largely, he says, by luck. The producers of “Top Gun,” which came out in a special 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition in late August, only asked Loggins to sing the film’s signature song, “Danger Zone,” when Bryan Adams and Toto fell through. And he only wrote and recorded “Footloose” as a favor to that film’s screenwriter because, he says, “‘Footloose’ is not ‘Gone with the Wind.'” Nowadays, Loggins tours solo and also plays with his new band, Blue Sky Riders, which will release their music without a record company because, he says, “(the record companies) just want all the money.”
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What did you do for a living in your early days?
My first job was as a box boy in a grocery store. Then I went from the first year of college to being on the road with (psychedelic ’60s band) The Electric Prunes. I came back, lived with the bass player and drummer, did session work and got a job as a songwriter for $100 a week. That allowed me to rent half a duplex in East L.A. for $65 a month. The rest of the $100 would run out, so I would collect pop bottles to get refried beans and tortillas.