Poco was started in 1968 in L.A. when the Buffalo Springfield was
splitting up. The final Buffalo Springfield Show was on May 5, 1968.
Jim Messina and Richie Furay decided to start a new country-rock band, and
they needed a pedal steel guitar player. Rusty Young had played pedal Steel
guitar on "Kind Woman". Rusty's friend and drummer from Boenzee Cryque, his
former band, George Grantham, also joined. Randy Meisner, a bass player who
had been in "The Poor", a band from Nebraska, joined also, at Rusty's
recommendation. The new band was called Pogo, and they debuted at "The
Troubador" in L.A. in November, 1968. In April, 1969, Walt Kelly threatened
to sue them because "Pogo" was the name of his comic strip. They decided to
drop the line off the "G", and became "Poco". Meisner quit the band around
In February, 1969, Pogo signed with Epic Records, after trading Graham Nash
for Richie Furay with Atlantic Records. The first Poco album, " Pickin' Up
the Pieces", was released on May 19, 1969. It went to #63 on Billboard
charts. Timothy B. Schmidt, who had been in New Breed/Glad joined on bass.
(They later changed their name to Redwing.) The second Poco album, titled "Poco",
was released May 6, 1970. Jim Messina left Poco in October, 1970. Paul
Cotton, who had been in the "Illinois Speed Press", joined on guitar.
"Deliverin', a live album was released on January 13, 1971. On September 5,
1971, "From the Inside" was released. "A Good Feelin' to Know" was released
on November 25, 1972. On September 15, 1973, "Crazy Eyes" was released.
Richie Furay left Poco around this time, to Join the Souther, Hillman and
Furay Band. The remaining members decided to continue as a four-piece band.
On April 12, 1974, "Seven" was released. On November 1, 1974, "Cantamos" was
On April 12, 1975, Poco signed up with ABC records. "Head Over Heels" was
released in July, 1975. Epic released "The Very Best of Poco" soon after. On
April 3, 1976, Epic released "Poco Live". On May 29, 1976, ABC released
"Rose of Cimarron". In May 1977, "Indian Summer" was released. In September
1977, Timothy B. Schmidt left Poco to become the Eagles bass player,
replacing Randy Meisner, for the second time. George Grantham left Poco in
They had recorded a live album, called "The Last Roundup", which was to be
their last. Rusty and Paul were left to decide what they would do next. They
thought about starting a new band, called the Cotton/Young band, but ABC
told them they still had a contract as long as they were Poco. They had
auditions, and Steve Chapman (drums) and Charlie Harrison (bass) were hired.
ABC cancelled the release of "The Last Roundup".
"Legend" was released in November, 1978. Kim Bullard joined on keyboards in
December, 1978. This gave Poco their two biggest hits to date, "Crazy Love"
(#17) and "Heart of the Night" (#20). Also, in 1979, Poco performed "Heart
of the Night", at the "NO Nukes" concert in NYC. In July 1980, "Under the
Gun" was released, on MCA records. In July 1981,"Blue and Grey", was
released, followed by "Cowboys and Englishmen" in February, 1982. After
that, Poco signed with Atlantic Records, and on September 20, 1982, they
released "Ghost Town". A compilation album, "Backtracks" was released by MCA
in December 1982. On April 16, 1984, "Inamorata" was released. It had vocals
by George Grantham, Timothy B. Schmidt, and Richie Furay.
In November 1984, they relocated to Nashville. They disbanded in August,
1987. Rusty joined Vince Gill's backing band sometime after that.
In September 1988, Rusty organized a reunion with the original members of
Poco, Jim Messina, Randy Meisner, George Grantham, and Richie Furay. They
signed with RCA Records. George was sick and didn't play drums, but did
vocals. "Legacy" was released on September 23, 1989. "Call it Love" reached
#18. Richie had two songs on Legacy, but couldn't finish the tour because of
his church commitments. (He had since become pastor of Calvary Chapel Church
in Boulder, CO) In November 1989, MCA released a compilation CD, "Crazy
Lovin". In November 1990, a 2-CD set,"The Forgotten Trail" was released by
In 1999, Poco reformed with Rusty, Paul, George, and Jack Sundrud on bass.
Jack had previously been with Poco in 1985 -86. He is also a successful
songwriter in Nashville.
The new CD, Running Horse, is now available at the official Poco
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