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Where Are They Now? – Jim Messina

February 13, 2008

Jim Messina was born on December 5, 1947.

As a singer, writer, guitarist, producer and engineer, Jim Messina has performed with such rock bands as Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina, performing everything from country to pop and rock.

He began playing the guitar at the age of five. He soon became interested in the guitar playing of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. Messina’s career began at the age of 17 when a deejay heard him and asked him to produce two albums. The albums were unsuccessful but launched Messina into a producing and engineering career. He stayed with the deejay as his assistant, producing and recording albums for new Jim Messinaartists. With his new knowledge of producing, he eventually became the second engineer at Hollywood’s Sunset Sound. He produced albums for such music greats as the Doors, Lee Michaels, Herb Albert and others.

He began producing music for Buffalo Springfield, which he became a member of when he replaced bassist Bruce Palmer.

Messina and Richie Furay another Buffalo Springfield member, formed Poco after Buffalo Springfield broke up. Messina played lead guitar and supplied vocals and some songwriting to the band. After recording two albums, Messina left Poco.

After he left Poco, Jim served as an independent producer for Columbia Records when he met Kenny Loggins. Eventually, the two decided to put out the album as “Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In”.

Loggins and Messina became a hit together. They went on to publish several albums together until they split in 1976. Kenny wanted to begin a solo career and thought that he had learned as much as he could from his ‘mentor’, Jim Messina.

They both began solo careers and unfortunately Jim’s did not have the same success that Loggins enjoyed.He did keep busy by painting and as a songwriting coach. He now runs the successful Jim Messina’s Songwriters’ Performance Workshop.

His revival included singing and touring again with Poco on their 1989 reunion release, Legacy.

In 2005, Loggins and Messina reconnected and decided to hit the road as a duo again. The result was a successful nationwide tour that produced the CD and DVD “Loggins and Messina Sittin’ In Again.”

© 2008 Clifton Eastham. All Rights Reserved

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