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Dave Loggins’ (Yes, They’re Related) Masters Theme

Dave Loggins’ (Yes, They’re Related) Masters Theme

Dave Loggins’ (Yes, They’re Related) Masters Theme

Just in time for the 2014 Masters; its maestro.

Masters theme

Dave Loggins, Masters theme singer/songwriter, back in the day on an album cover.

Chances are if you’ve ever watched the Masters on TV, you are very familiar with the Masters theme music that has played during the CBS coverage since 1982.

But, did you know that the Masters theme music that magically transports you from your couch or bar stool to right inside the ropes at Augusta National is actually a song called “Augusta,” composed by award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Dave Loggins?

Loggins? Hmm, that sounds familiar…

Masters theme

Caddyshack! Dave Loggins’ cousin, Kenny, wrote the theme for that golf movie classic.

Well, it should. Loggins is the cousin of Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter Kenny Loggins who wrote and performed a little song called “I’m Alright” for the movie “Caddyshack“… (Side note: If you haven’t seen Caddyshack, stop reading now, give yourself a paper cut, pour lemon juice on it, then GO WATCH CADDYSHACK!).

Kenny Loggins also co-wrote “Nobody’s Fool,” the theme song for Caddyshack II. But don’t worry, it’s actually definitely okay if you missed that one.

As for the lesser Loggins (Sorry, Dave.) the story goes, Dave Loggins says his inspiration for Masters theme, “Augusta,” was not surprisingly a visit to Augusta National Golf Club for the event in 1981. 

According to Deadspin.com, Dave Loggins was on Hole 14 with a friend in April of that year, his first trip to the club. Then inspiration — and the lyrics — for the Masters theme hit him. Through a friend, Dave Loggins, who’d had some country recording success, was in touch with CBS Sports. Soon, he was wrapping up a session at a Victorian mansion-turned studio in Franklin, Tenn. And the song debuted successfully at the following Masters, he told the website.

Although he has toyed with the lyrics a bit over the years to include references to current stars like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, here is Dave Loggins performing the Masters theme, “Augusta,” back in 2010 so you can practice up before Thursday:

There will be a test.

Augusta

Well, it’s springtime in the valley on Magnolia Lane

It’s the Augusta National and the master of the game

Who’ll wear that green coat on Sunday afternoon?

Who’ll walk the 18th fairway singing this tune?

 

Augusta, your dogwoods and pines

They play on my mind like a song

Augusta, it’s you that I love

And it’s you that I’ll miss when I’m gone.

 

It’s Watson, Byron Nelson, Demaret, Player and Snead

It’s Amen Corner and it’s Hogan’s perfect swing

It’s Sarazen’s double eagle at the 15 in ’35

And the spirit of Clifford Roberts that keeps it alive

 

Augusta, your dogwoods and pines

They play on my mind like a song

Augusta, it’s you that I love

And it’s you that I miss when I’m gone.

 

It’s the legions of Arnie’s Army and the Golden Bear’s throngs

And the wooden-shafted legend of Bobby Jones. 

 

 


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