The Second Helping – Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Draft

Almost two decades before he would roll up his suit sleeves and help define the sound of the 1980s, Kenny Loggins was a California teenager caught up in the psych-pop sound of the late 1960s. He formed a band called The Second Helping and penned four singles for the group, including the above track, before moving on to write four songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970 release Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, including “Prodigal’s Return.” After that record was released, he met Jim Messina, who was producing for Columbia at the time, and the two recorded a few of Loggins’ songs in Messina’s living room. Loggins signed a six-album deal with Columbia with Messina set to produce his debut, which also apparently involved encouraging Loggins to buy his first electric guitar. Music, and electricity, would never be the same. During the recording, Messina became so involved that it became 1971’s Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In, which features gems like “Same Old Wine.” The two found success touring college campuses and would release seven more albums throughout the 1970s before Loggins would go solo and, in between recording and touring, do cocaine on speedboats or something probably. His output while a part of The Second Helping has been released on numerous psych compilations. He continues to be an integral part of my father’s least favorite song of all time, “Your Momma Don’t Dance.”

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