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One of the first and longest-lasting Country-Rock groups, POCO had their roots in the dying embers of Buffalo Springfield. After Neil Young and Stephen Stills, the co-founders of Buffalo Springfield exited in the spring of 1968, only guitarist/singer Richie Furay and bassist Jim Messina remained to complete the group’s swan song of an album, Last Time Around. The final Buffalo Springfield track, “Kind Woman,” included only Furay and Messina, with a guest appearance on steel guitar by Rusty Young. At the time, Young was something of a rarity as a talented lap steel guitarist who was comfortable working in a Rock idiom. Young stuck with Furay and Messina and brought in two of his friends from Colorado to join the band. Drummer George Grantham and bass player Randy Meisner moved to California and signed on as POCO’s rhythm section.
POCO began performing in Hollywood at clubs like The Troubadour and gained the attention of several record companies. They signed with Epic in the fall of 1968 and released their debut album Pickin’ Up The Pieces, in 1969. The band’s lineup changed a number of times over the years and it was the sixth reformation of POCO that proved to be the magical one that saw lots of chart-toppers. POCO released Legend 1978 and the single “Crazy Love,” written and sung by Young, became POCO’s biggest hit reaching the Top 20 on the Pop singles chart and crossing to the Country Top 100, the following year. Paul Cotton’s “Heart Of The Night” became a Top 20 Pop hit and helped propel sales past the 500,000 unit mark. POCO earned their first Gold disc and Legend eventually passed the one million sales mark to be certified Platinum. The title track of POCO’s 1980 album Under The Gun, reached the 40’s on the Pop chart and “Midnight Rain” went Top 75. The band recorded the Civil War themed album Blue And Grey in 1981 and Cowboys And Englishmen in 1982. The Ghost Town provided the Top 50 hit single, “Shoot for the Moon.”