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Do you remember the OTHER 'Heartlight' song from the '80s



With the SIT80's March Soundtrack Madness in the books, will the conversation about Kenny Loggins come to an end or can we welcome him back with lost songs like Welcome to Heartlight?

It is fair to call Loggins the "King of the ‘80s Soundtrack" as of his thirteen Top 40 hits in the ‘80s; six of them were from movie soundtracks, including two that made it to the Excellent Eight with Danger Zone and Footloose.

Today we feature a non-soundtrack single entitled Welcome to Heartlight that made it to No. 24 on the charts in 1983. The song was originally titled just Heartlight, but was changed to Welcome to Heartlight so it wouldn't be confused with Neil Diamond's tribute to E.T., also titled Heartlight, which was a hit late in 1982.

The song was inspired by the students of the Los Angles School called Heartlight that was founded in 1979 to promote a feel-good, cross-cultural learning experience for students. When Loggins visited the school he read a story by one of the students entitled "I Like The Love" and that title would become the opening lyric for Welcome to Heartlight. The background singers you hear in the chorus near the end are actual Heartland students.

While Heartland School is now defunct, Loggins is still going strong. He appeared in the series finale of Fox's Raising Hope and this summer will be on the Night of the Proms tour with Michael McDonald, The Pointer Sisters and Chic.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:09pm]


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