Larry Sims (Loggins & Messina)

Courtesy of Loggins & Messina Com

 

By Thomas Semioli

Shunned by hipsters but loved by the masses who purchased millions of their platters and 45s, the collective of Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina and their top notch backing ensemble were a hit making, roots rockin’ powerhouse that, to my ears, paved the way for present day Americana and contemporary country artists.

Helming the bass chair and high harmony vocals was the late Larry Sims, a consummate pocket / melodic song-player who began his career in the 60s with The Sunshine Company – a southern California pop ensemble.  

Larry, who possessed a vocal timbre similar to Stephen Stills, was tabbed to sing lead on “Keep Me In Mind” on the Mother Lode (1974) slab. He anchored the duo’s six studio albums and their killer live twofer.

Larry Sims Sound & Vision

With Loggins & Messina

“Angry Eyes” Live https://youtu.be/NxyixktT_f0  

“Keep Me In Mind” https://youtu.be/oYjBwQRTD1w

“Vahevala” https://youtu.be/SevJD7AaOuY

“Changes” https://youtu.be/SNsIVW1L8iY

With The Sunshine Company

“Happy” https://youtu.be/HWSCUfirecI