Jim Messina

Jim Messina had taken nearly two years off to write and record his Columbia Records debut, Oasis, released at the time of this show in the fall of 1979. Prior to this first excursion as a solo artist, Messina had been half of the platinum selling duo, Loggins & Messina. That group, which had such hits as "Danny's Song," "Your Mama Don't Dance," and "Angry Eyes," had released eight albums (as well as a greatest hits collection) between 1971 and 1977, by which time Kenny Loggins felt he had gone as far as he could as an artist with Messina. The two parted company amicably, and each decided to pursue music on their own.

Most people know what happened to Kenny Loggins. He went on to become a pop superstar with hits and movie soundtracks that included "Footloose," "Whenever I Call You Friend," "Danger Zone," and "Celebrate Me Home." But what became of Messina? Messina, although not seeing the same commercial success of his former musical partner, kept just as busy and has had a successful career post L&M. A member of both Buffalo Springfield and Poco (which he founded with Richey Furay), Messina was no stranger to hit records.

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