On this day in music history: June 27, 1980 - “I’m Alright (Theme From “Caddyshack”)“ by Kenny Loggins is released. Written by Kenny Loggins, it is the seventh solo single release for the singer, songwriter and musician from Everett, WA. Coming off the success of three consecutive Platinum selling solo albums between 1977 and 1979, Kenny Loggins starts off new decade with yet another big hit. In the Fall of 1979, Loggins is asked by executive producer Jon Peters ("Batman”, “A Star Is Born”, “The Color Purple”) to write songs for the soundtrack of a low budgeted comedy titled “Caddyshack. The film starring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield centers around life on an upscale country club golf course, and the culture clash between the characters. In all, Loggins writes four songs for the soundtrack, including "I’m Alright” which is used as the theme for “Caddyshack”. The track is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles in late 1979 with co-producer/engineer Bruce Botnick (The Doors), backed by his touring band which include Mike Hamilton (lead guitar, backing vocals), George Hawkins (bass, backing vocals), Brian Mann (keyboards) and Tris Imboden (drums). During the sessions, singer (and label mate) Eddie Money is recording in an adjoining studio, and Kenny invites him to contribute background vocals to the song. Though Money later expresses his displeasure when he does not receive credit for his contribution. Featured over the opening title and end sequences of the film, “I’m Alright” becomes synonymous with the animatronic gopher that Bill Murray’s character, the groundskeeper Carl spends the duration of the movie trying and failing to eradicate. Though “Caddyshack” is initially only a modest box office success before later becoming a hugely popular cult classic, the theme song is an immediate success. “I’m Alright” is released as a single a month before the film arrives in theaters, taking off quickly at radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #88 on July 12, 1980, it peaks at #7 on October 11, 1980. The single also earns Loggins a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1981. A live version of the song also appears on the album “Alive!” in September of 1980. The success of the film theme not only gives Kenny Loggins his second top ten hit, but changes the course of his career for the next decade. Throughout the rest of the 80’s, Loggins scores his biggest hits with the songs he contributes to the film soundtracks for “Footloose” (title song (#1 Pop), “I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man)” (#22 Pop)), “Top Gun” (“Danger Zone” (#2 Pop), “Playing With The Boys” (#60 Pop)) and “Over The Top” (“Meet Me Half Way” (#11 Pop)). When the sequel “Caddyshack II” is made in 1988, Kenny Loggins also writes and records the films theme song “Nobody’s Fool” (#8 Pop), giving him his fifth and final top ten single in the US.