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Who played bass on Kenny Loggins' "Footloose"?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Wheat Williams, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Wheat Williams

    Wheat Williams

    Nov 30, 2009
    I hope this is an acceptable question here and is not off-topic. Please tell me if I should take this question elsewhere.

    I just watched a cover band play this song (reasonably well) and it occurred to me what a challenging bass chart it presents over a pretty simple chord progression. I can't find any resource naming the musicians who played on that session. Anybody know?
  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Nathan East, I believe

  3. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    George Hawkins Jr. was Kenny's bassist and musical director for most of the late-70's to early 80's. Don't know if he was still around by the Footloose album. But you can hear George on the Kenny Loggins Alive DVD. Great underrated player.
  4. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
  5. bigswifty1


    Dec 8, 2011
    The answer seems like it is -always- Nathan. Wonderful wonderful player.
  6. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    It's a great bass line and 90% of the cover band bassists I've seen don't even come close to nailing it.

    The interesting thing about the recorded version is the bass line is doubled an octave higher. Not sure if it's an effect or an electric guitar but it's definitely there.
  7. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Terrific playing, but I always hated that sound he was getting. It's like it was EQd to sound exactly like a racquetball. There's a bump in some mid frequency there that gets right under my skin.
  8. Yeah, I agree.
  9. I believe that list is album credits, not song credits. He is listed among many other bassplayers on the soundtrack listing, so Footloose is in his listing.
  10. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    I remember Nathan writing about the line in a column in Guitar Player in the 80s, so he claims it.
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  11. tonybassman


    Jul 27, 2011
    I was driving home from Thanksgiving with the family today when this came on and I noticed how busy the bass line was. After all these years.

    This is good, not sure how accurate:
  12. MichalBros


    Jan 9, 2012
    Do you remember what was he writing about Footloose bassline in this magazine??
  13. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    He was taking some of the basslines he recorded, writing them out and explaining why he played what he did. It was a monthly column in Guitar Player.
  14. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    That's funny, I was listening to that song at a gig I was playing the other night and it suddenly occurred to me how good the bass playing is on it. I was wondering who the bassist was and now it seems I have the answer!
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I do, too...I think I still have this issue.

    East was specifically talking about the tune, "Footllose" (w/ a bit of it transcribed).
    Other columns had "Easy Lover" & "Forever Man".
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Hawkins is a great & underrated player...what kills me-
    He can be playing a funky figure while singing harmony. Keep The Fire is a nice album/example of his tasteful playing.
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  18. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    That link only shows in 1984, kenny rogers, not kenny loggins.........That'd be 1985
  19. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Tonybassman your version is definetely way closer, teacher guy has left out a majority of the cool things about the line, like the double stops.
    Anybody have a good Transcription or Tab of this gem?
    Note- I'm alright by KL is also another great bassline, is that Nathan East as well.
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "I'm Alright" is George Hawkins, IIRC.