Lasting Fame …..
….song – “Rose of Cimarron” which was recorded in 1976 and although only reaching number 94 on Billboard, remains as my all-time favorite Poco song penned by long-time band member and founder, Rusty Young who along with drummer George Grantham came from Denver’s Boenzee Cryque in the 1960’s to eventually team up with Richard Furay, and Randy Meisner to form “Pogo” changed to “Poco”.
The video here is from Poco’s induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Left-to-right across the stage are Rusty Young, Paul Cotton, Richard Furay and Timothy Schmidt – a great lineup. George unfortunately had suffered a serious stroke and was not able to attend.
Rusty and I were classmates for two years in Denver’s Rishel Junior High on the West side of Denver. George Grantham dated one of my wife’s best friends and I would occasionally run into him when they were together, right toward the end of the Boenzee Cryque time period. My other favorite composed by Rusty and featuring him on lead vocal was “Crazy Love” which in 1979 would become their highest charting single reaching number 17.
Right in there with “Crazy Love” for me is Rusty’s “Shoot for The Moon” – a 1982 charter at number 52 – and finally a Paul Cotton composition from 1979, “Heart of the Night” – four great ones from the trend setters – Poco!
Rusty Young – Rishel Jr. High Denver – 1961
Rose of Cimarron
Shoot for the Moon
Heart of the Night
Poco’s Colorado Music Hall of Fame with The Induction Video