Bassist/vocalist Larry Sims, who was an original member of Loggins & Messina, has passed away of undisclosed causes. Bandleader Jim Messina broke the news on his Facebook page.
“I was awakened this morning with a phone call that Larry Sims has passed away. As most of you know Larry was the original bass player and singer in Loggins and Messina.Larry will be forever missed for he was an important and integral part of my musical success in life. We owe all those great high harmony blends on the original Loggins and Messina recordings to Larry.”
Sims was a member of the ’60s group The Sunshine Company before meeting Messina in Huntington Beach, California. Once Loggins & Messina teamed up, Sims was brought into the fold. He played on all six studio albums including the hits “Danny’s Song”, “House at Pooh Corner”, and “Your Mama Don’t Dance” before the group broke up in 1976.
“Larry was a very talented, likeable n easy-going guy; no stress, no hassle,” Kenny Loggins shared. “I think that attitude served him well as he coasted through the intensity that was L&M in the early 70s. I’ll always remember his easy way and positive attitude with fondness.He was an excellent bass player, but his voice is what set him apart. His smooth vocals were sometimes mistaken for Stephen Stills’, as on the last 32 bars of ‘Golden Ribbons.’ But my favorite performance is Larry’s lead vocal on Jim Messina’s tune, ‘Keep Me In Mind.’”
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Larry Sims.