Memories of Poco and Pete Fornatale

The country rock group, Poco began due to the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968. Buffalo Springfield gave us Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield was the roots foundation for spawning  Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungPoco, as well as popular acts Loggins and Messina and Crazy Horse.

Richie Furay and Jim Messina originally formed Poco in 1968, releasing their first album Pick Up The Pieces, in 1969.

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I caught on fully to Poco due to the love Pete Fornatale of WNEW-FM 102.7 NY City had for the group. Pete was totally passionate about Poco. He played their music on the air deep from the music of his heart. Richie Furay wrote a very loving testimony to Pete Fornatale on his Web site, “Pete Fornatale-My Friend”

Pete Fornatale was directly responsible for my decision to get concert tickets for Poco and Buddy Mile Express at Fairfield University on December 6, 1970. Poco proved to be an exhilarating live act. I found them to be great musicians, wonderful harmonies. I saw the nucleus of Poco musicians listed below.  Jim Messina had left Poco in October 1970. I was very impressed with Timothy B. Schmitt on bass and vocals, little did I realize he would become an integral member of The Eagles in 1977, again replacing Randy Meisner. What I loved about Poco’s sound was the rich vocals set against the electrifying pedal steel guitar of Rusty Young.

The second Poco was out then, Poco. 

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  • Richie Furay – guitars, vocals
  • Paul Cotton – guitars, vocals
  • Rusty Young – pedal steel guitar, banjo, Dobro
  • Timothy B. Schmit – bass, harmonica, vocals
  • George Grantham – drums, vocals

Poco would soon release Deliverin’ on January 13, 1971, their first live album. It was exciting to have a live recording of Poco’s so close to seeing them live in concert the month before 🙂

Pete Fornatale wrote the liner notes. I just pulled that vinyl LP from my collection and read the liner notes feeling both happy and sad.

Kind Woman (Ritchie Furay)

Kind woman, won’t you love me tonight?

The look in your eyes

Kind woman don’t leave me lonely tonight

Please say it’s all right

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