Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Inspiration really does come in from the most unlikely places.
Kenny Loggins, who popularized the ’80s song “Lady,” revealed the famed track was written by Lionel Richie while he was “in the toilet.”
“I called Lionel, and I said, ‘I’d like for you to write a song for me,’” he recalled to Today show host Jenna Bush Hager on Thursday. “Lionel doesn’t write entire songs. He writes ideas.”
He then explained, “We’re in the studio recording the song, and I said, ‘Where’s the second verse?’ They said, ‘Lionel’s in the toilet writing it right now.’ I go, ‘What?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, he can’t write unless he has the pressure to write.’”
It turns out that Richie only needed some quite ambiance to write. Loggins said he did not know whether the verse was written on toilet paper or not, but he knew that his fellow musician “went in there to kinda get away from everything, to focus.”
The 75-year-old country music pioneer also revealed that he started the rumors about him and fellow singer Dolly Parton had a connection that went beyond the stage.
“Oh I started that,” Loggins joked. “I always say we just flirted with each other for 30 years.”
Meanwhile, Loggins and Parton have reunited for a collaboration last year, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”
An exhibit in his honor will be launched today at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.