The Masters’ Musical Connection To Nashville
Golf fans will have their eyes glued to their TVs this weekend as the final two rounds of the Masters take place. One of the signature features of the CBS broadcast of the tournament is the calm, beautiful piano-and-guitar music that permeates every break in the action and serves as background music for Jim Nantz and the other announcers. But did you know that song was written by a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall-of-Fame?
Dave Loggins (yes, he’s Kenny’s cousin) is best known for his 1974 hit “Please Come to Boston.” He released several more singles as a solo act in the 1970s, but none of them were as successful. He briefly returned to the spotlight in 1984, when he and Anne Murray teamed up to record the #1 hit “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do.” Since then, he’s stuck to songwriting, working with the likes of Alabama (“Roll on Eighteen Wheeler”), Kenny Rogers (“Morning Desire”), and Wynonna Judd (“She Is His Only Need”), among others.
His most recognizable piece of music, however, is one that not many people know he wrote. This time every year, his composition “Augusta” is heard on during the Masters broadcasts. Loggins explained the song’s genesis in an interview with Deadspin. Loggins said he was at Augusta National in 1981 for the Masters when lyrics popped into his head. After offering his services to CBS, he wrote the song, which has been used since the 1982 event. Thirty years later, “Augusta” is still the musical trademark of the “Tradition Unlike Any Other.”
Even if you aren’t a golf fan, you will probably recognize “Augusta after hearing the first three piano notes.
And, for all you hardcore golf fans, the version with lyrics exists.