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Poco
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductee

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Country-Rock pioneer band Poco rose from the ashes of Buffalo Springfield when band members Richard Furay, Rusty Young and Jim Messina decided to launch their new band with the addition of George Grantham on drums and Randy Meisner on bass.  The year was 1969 and the group truly had the ingredients for super group status.

Both Young and Grantham had been part of the Denver group The Boenzee Cryque and Meisner came through Colorado to first join up with The Poor in Denver who’s lineup included members of Denver’s Soul Survivors and The Moonrakers.  Rusty was born in California and made his way to Denver at a very young age.  George was an Oklahoma native.

Rusty Young - Rishel Jr High - Denver 1961 - 9th Grade

Rusty Young – Rishel Jr High – Denver 1961 – 9th Grade

Rusty Young established himself as one of the premier pedal steel players in the U.S.   He attended Junior High School at Rishel in West Denver and then went on to attend Denver South High School.  Rusty was a classmate of mine at Rishel and was an extremely likable and popular student leader.  Always smiling with a great sense of humor, he was a pleasure to be around.  I didn’t have any idea that Rusty had musical talents at that point.

Above Rusty is shown in 1961 – his 9th grade year at Rishel.

I had a very brief brush with drummer George Grantham in 1967.  My then girlfriend (and future wife) was returning from a trip with two of her best friends from Hawaii.  One of them, Beverly, was dating George at the time.  This was before security screenings and so both George and I were waiting for the girls to de-plane at Denver’s then airport – Stapleton.  He was a member of Boenzee Cryque at that time.  I don’t believe we spoke a word to each other, but why would we because we didn’t know each other.  Beverly briefly introduced us and that was that.  Next thing I knew he moved on to rejoin Rusty in Poco!

The group experienced so many line-up changes with past members rejoining then moving on again – that it scrambles the mind to read about it.  Two other big time members were Timothy Schmidt and Paul Cotton.  Rusty however was the constant – never departing and continuing for 45 unbroken years.  George Grantham returned often to lend his support and at one point was part of an original Poco lineup reunification.  Rusty retired in 2013.  George had earlier experienced a rather severe stroke which sidelined him for a significant amount of time.

Richard Furay has strong connections to Colorado – moving into the State after his Poco Day’s were open – living in the Boulder area.  He would eventually become a minister at Calvary Chapel in Broomfield Colorado and recorded a gospel LP on that label.  I also believe he recorded in another non-denominational church studio just two blocks from my home in Wheat Ridge, Colorado – The Crossroads Church.  He would move back and forth during his Colorado stay between gospel music, and reuniting on occasion with Buffalo Springfield, The Richard Furay Band and Poco.

Billboard Ad January 1971

Billboard Ad January 1971

Billboard Ad April, 1971

Billboard Ad April, 1971

Local Concert Posters

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Poco In San Francisco

First as “Pogo” and then “Poco”

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Poco Long Plays

LP – Epic 26460 – Pickin’ Up the Pieces – June, 1969 – #63

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LP – Epic 26460 – Poco – Charted June, 1970 – Peaked #58

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POCO - EPIC 26460 - 06-69 53 (3)a POCO - EPIC 26460 - 06-69 53 (4)a

LP – Epic 30209 – Deliverin’ – Charted February,1 971 – #26

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LP – Epic 30253 – From the Inside – Charted September, 1971 – Peaked #52

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POCO - EPIC 30753 - RAa (1) POCO - EPIC 30753 - RAa (2)

LP – Epic 31601 – A Good Feelin’ To Know – Charted November, 1972 – Peaked #69

POCO - EPIC 31602 - GOOD FEELIN - RAAB (3) POCO - EPIC 31602 - GOOD FEELIN - RAAB (4)

POCO - EPIC 31602 - GOOD FEELIN - RAAB (1) POCO - EPIC 31602 - GOOD FEELIN - RAAB (2)

LP – Epic 32354 – Crazy Eyes – Charted September, 1973 – Peaked #38

POCO - EPIC 32354 - RAA (3) POCO - EPIC 32354 - RAA (4)

POCO - EPIC 32354 - RAA (1) POCO - EPIC 32354 - RAA (2)

LP – Epic 32895 – Poco Seven – Charted May, 1974 – #76

POCO - EPIC 32895 - 05-74 76 (1) POCO - EPIC 32895 - 05-74 76 (2)

POCO - EPIC 32895 - RA POCO - EPIC 32895 - RB

LP – Epic 33192 – Cantamos – Charted November, 1974 – #76

POCO - EPIC 33192 - C1 POCO - EPIC 33192 - C2

POCO - EPIC 33192 - R1 POCO - EPIC 33192 - R2

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LP – Epic 33537 – The Very Best of Poco – Charted August, 1975 – #90

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POCO - EPIC 33538 (1) POCO - EPIC 33538 (2)

POCO - EPIC 33538 (3) POCO - EPIC 33538 (4)

LP – ABC 890 – Head Over Heels – Charted July, 1975 – #43

POCO - LP 09POCO - ABC 890 - RAM (3)

POCO - ABC 890 - RAM (4) POCO - ABC 890 - RAM (5)

LP – ABC 946 – Rose Of Cimarron – Charted May, 1976 – #89

POCO - ABC 946 - C1 POCO - ABC 946 - C2

POCO - ABC 946 - R1 POCO - ABC 946 - R2

LP – ABC 989 – Indian Summer – Charted May, 1977 – Peaked #57

POCO - ABC 989 - 05-77 57 (1) POCO - ABC 989 - 05-77 57 (2)

POCO - ABC 989 - RA POCO - ABC 989 - RB

LP – ABC 1099 – Legend – Charted November, 1978 – Peaked #14

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POCO - ABC 1099 - RAa (1) POCO - ABC 1099 - RAa (2)

LP – MCA 5132 – Under The Gun – Charted July, 1980 – Peaked #46

POCO - MCA 5132 - 7-80 - 46 (1) POCO - MCA 5132 - 7-80 - 46 (2)

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LP – MCA 5227 – Blue and Gray – Charted July, 1981 – Peaked #76

POCO - MCA 5227 - 07-81 - 76 (1) POCO - MCA 5227 - 07-81 - 76 (2)

POCO - MCA 5227 - RA POCO - MCA 5227 - RB

LP – MCA 5288 – Cowboys & Englishmen – Charted February, 1982 – #131

POCO - MCA 5288 - RBA (2) POCO - MCA 5288 - RBA (3)

POCO - MCA 5288 - RA POCO - MCA 5288 - RBA (1)

LP – Atlantic 80008 – Ghost Town – Charted December, 1982 – #195

POCO - LP 18POCO - ATLANTIC 80008 - RBA (2)

POCO - ATLANTIC 80008 - RA POCO - ATLANTIC 80008 - RBA (1)

LP – Atlantic 80148 – Inamorata – Charted May, 1984 – #167

POCO ATLANTIC 80148 - RBA (2)A POCO ATLANTIC 80148 - RBA (3)A

POCO ATLANTIC 80148 - RA POCO ATLANTIC 80148 - RBA (1)

LP – Epic 33336 – Poco Live – 1986

POCO - EPIC 33336 - RBA (2) POCO - EPIC 33336 - RBA (3)

POCO - EPIC 33336 - RA POCO - EPIC 33336 - RBA (1)

LP – MCA 5363 – Back Tracks – 1987

POCO - MCA 5363 - RB A (2) POCO - MCA 5363 - RB A (3)

POCO - MCA 5363 - RA POCO - MCA 5363 - RB A (1)

LP – RCA 9694 – Legacy – 1989

POCO - LP 21

Poco 45’s

45 – Epic 10501 – Pickin’ Up the Pieces b/w First Love – July, 1967

POCO - 69-07 - EPIC 10501 DJ A POCO - 69-07 - EPIC 10501 DJ B

POCO - 69-07 - EPIC 10501 A POCO - 69-07 - EPIC 10501 B

45 – Epic 10543 – My Kind of Love b/w Hard Luck – November, 1969

POCO - 69-11 - EPIC 10543 - A POCO - 69-11 - EPIC 10543 - B

POCO - 69-11 - EPIC 10543 - C

45 – Epic 10636 – You Better Think Twice b/w Anyway Bye Bye – Charted October, 1970 – Peaked #72

POCO - 70-07 - EPIC 10636 - A POCO - 70-07 - EPIC 10636 - B

45 – Epic 10714 – C’Mon b/w I Guess You Made It – Charted March, 1971 – Peaked #69

POCO - 71-02 - EPIC 10714 DJA POCO - 71-02 - EPIC 10714 DJB

POCO - 71-02 - EPIC 10714 A POCO - 71-02 - EPIC 10714 B

Flexi Disc – Columbia C 30225 (with others) – “A Man Like Me”

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45 – Epic 10804 – Just For Me And You b/w Ol’ Forgiver – Charted November, 1971 – Peaked #110

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POCO - 71-10 - EPIC 10804 - A POCO - 71-10 - EPIC 10804 - B

45 – Epic 10890 – Good Feeling to Know b/w Early Times – June, 1972

POCO - 72-06 - EPIC 10890 DJA POCO - 72-06 - EPIC 10890 DJB

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45 – Epic 10958 – Go and Say Goodbye b/w I Can See Everything – February, 1972

POCO - 73-02 - EPIC 10958 - DJ A BW I CAN SEE EVERYTHING (1)

45 – Epic 11055 – Here We Go Again b/w Fool’s Gold – October, 1973

POCO - 73-10 - EPIC 11055 - A POCO - 73-10 - EPIC 11055 - B

45 – Epic 11092 – Magnolia b/w Blue Water – March, 1974

POCO - 74-03 - EPIC 11092 - A POCO - 74-03 - EPIC 11092 - B

45 – Epic 11141 – Rocky Mountain Breakdown b/w Faith in the Families – June, 1974

POCO - 74-06 - EPIC 11141 - DJ A POCO - 74-06 - EPIC 11141 - DJ B

POCO - 74-06 - EPIC 11141 - A POCO - 74-06 - EPIC 11141 - B

45 – Epic 50076 – High And Dry b/w Bitter Blue – January, 1975

POCO - 75-01 - EPIC 50076 - A POCO - 75-01 - EPIC 50076 - B

45 – ABC 12126 – Keep On Tryin’ b/w Georgia, Bind My Ties – Charted September, 1975 – Peaked #50

POCO - 75-08 - ABC 12126 - A POCO - 75-08 - ABC 12126 - B

45 – ABC 12159 – Makin’ Love b/w Flyin’ Solo – December, 1975

POCO - 75-12 - ABC 12159 - DJA POCO - 75-12 - ABC 12159 - DJB

POCO - 75-12 - ABC 12159 - A POCO - 75-12 - ABC 12159 - B

45 – ABC 12204 – Rose of Cimarron b/w Tulsa Turnaround – Charted August, 1976 – Peaked #94

POCO - 76-07 - ABC 12204 - A POCO - 76-07 - ABC 12204 - B

45 – ABC 12298 – Indian Summer b/w Me and You – Charted August, 1977 – Peaked #50

POCO - 77-07 - ABC 12295 - A POCO - 77-07 - ABC 12295 - B

45 – ABC 12439 – Crazy Love b/w Barbados – Charted January, 1979 – Peaked #17

POCO - 79-01 - ABC 12439 - A POCO - 79-01 - ABC 12439 - B

POCO - 79-01 - ABC 12439 - DJA

45 – MCA – Crazy Love b/w Barbados – January, 1979

POCO - 79-01 - MCA 60197 - A POCO - 79-01 - MCA 60197 - B

45 – MCA 41023 – Heart of the Night b/w The Last Goodbye – May, 1979 – Peaked #20

POCO - 79-04 - MCA 41032 - A POCO - 79-04 - MCA 41032 - B

45 – MCA 41103 – Legend b/w Indian Summer – Charted September, 1979 – Peaked #103

POCO - 79-09 - MCA 41103 - A POCO - 79-09 - MCA 41103 - B

45 – MCA 41269 – Under the Gun b/w Reputation – Charted July, 1970 – Peaked #48

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POCO - 80-06 - MCA 41269 - A POCO - 80-06 - MCA 41269 - B

45 – MCA 41326 – Midnight Rain b/w A Fool’s Paradise – Charted October, 1980 – Peaked #74

45 – Atlantic 89919 – Shoot For the Moon b/w The Midnight Rodeo – Charted October, 1980 – Peaked #50

POCO - 82-12 - ATLANTIC 89919 - DJ A BW THE MIDNIGHT RODEO

POCO - ATLANTIC 89919 - A POCO - ATLANTIC 89919 - B

45 – MCA 52001 – Sea of Heartbreak b/w Feudin’ – Charted April, 1982 – Peaked #109

45 – Atlantic 89970 – Ghost Town b/w High Sierra – Charted October, 1982 – Peaked 108

45 – Atlantic 89674 – Days Gone By b/w Daylight – Charted April, 1984 – Peaked #80

45 – RCA 9038 – Call It Love b/w Lovin’ You Every Minute – Charted August, 1989 – Peaked #18

POCO - 89-08 - RCA 9038 - PS A POCO - 89-08 - RCA 9038 - PS B

POCO - 89-08 - RCA 9038 - A POCO - 89-08 - RCA 9038 - B

45 – RCA 9131 – Nothin’ To Hide b/w If It Wasn’t For You – Charted December, 1989 – Peaked #39

POCO - 89-01 - RCA 9131 - PSA POCO - 89-01 - RCA 9131 - PSB

POCO - 89-01 - RCA 9131 - A POCO - 89-01 - RCA 9131 - B

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