Personalities | Poco | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1968–80s)
Poco was formed in 1968 by two former members of the splintered Buffalo Springfield, Richie Furay (vocals, guitar, b. 1944) and Jim Messina (vocals, guitar, b. 1947). They signalled their commitment to the new country-rock sound in Los Angeles by hiring full-time steel guitarist Rusty Young (b. 1946) as well as George Grantham (drums, b. 1947) and Randy Meisner. Though they never matched the pop success and country-music impact of the similar Eagles (the band that hired away not only Meisner but also his replacement Timothy B. Schmit), Poco did release a string of moderately successful pop singles, including 1978’s number 17 ‘Crazy Love’.
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