Song: “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
Reached #1: March 31, 1984 (his first, 3 weeks)
This is one of the most recognizable movie themes in pop music history.
But did you know that when the song was reused for the 2011 remake of Footloose, Kenny Loggins didn’t get a penny? If you ever wonder why the RIAA, MPAA, and their member companies are considered hypocritically evil bastards, I’d like to file this as evidence. Loggins’ contract for the 1984 film states that “sequels are considered part of the original work”, and that no additional payment is required. Only the venal criminals in Hollywood would somehow equate “remake” to “sequel”, and cheat Loggins out of his royalties. These are the people who are suing grandparents and elementary-school students for millions of dollars in the name of “the artists”? Yeah, right.
I was surprised to discover this was Loggins’ only #1 – his duet with Stevie Nicks (“Whenever I Call You Friend”) went to #5; his Caddyshack single, “I’m Alright” hit #7; and Top Gun’s “Danger Zone” peaked at #2. His biggest hit with Jim Messina hit #4. I suppose that proves there’s more to music than #1 pop hits – but I’m still doing this blog…
He does have another #1 as a songwriter, though… co-writing “What A Fool Believes” with Michael McDonald. You know, Loggins probably would have fit into the Doobie Brothers perfectly… wonder why that never happened…
Tomorrow, we get into the second quarter of the blog with an ‘80s “girl group” who were better than that label… well, that’s my opinion and I’m standing by it…
Other songs that hit #1 on March 31:
1962 – “Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You” by Connie Francis (her third, 1 week)
2001 – “Angel” by Shaggy feat. Rayvon (his second, 1 week)