The original members of Poco included Richie Furay, Jim Messina, Rusty Young, Randy Meisner and Graham Grantham. That lineup lasted only one album as Randy Meisner left the band after the first album to form The Eagles. Randy Meisner would be replaced by bassist Timothy B Schmidt who would also replace Meisner in The Eagles. in 1977.
The band Poco would go through many lineup changes over the years. One of the most dramatic was when founding member Richie Furay left in 1973 to form Souther-Hillman Furay Band. After Furay’s departure, James Cotton took a lead role in the band. Over the years, many members came and went including Richie Furay and Jim Messina. However the one constant member who has been in Poco from the very beginning up until the present day is Rusty Young.
Throughout the band’s career Poco has released nineteen studio albums, thirty compilation albums, nine live albums and twenty four singles. The band never had a number one ht. They got as close as number two with their single “Call It Love,” in 1989. However the Poco song “Crazy Love,” did hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary music charts in 1979.
Our Top 10 Poco songs list takes a look at the band’s career focusing on the years between 1969 and 1989.
# 10 – Keep On Trying
We open our top 10 Poco songs list with a great track from the band’s album entitled Head Over Heels. The album was released in 1975. The song”Keep on Tryin” opened side one of the album. The song was written by Timothy B. Schmit. One of the most interesting aspects of the Head Over Heels. album was the band’s cover of a Steely Dan song entitled “Dallas.”
# 9 – Feudin
The instrumental track “Feudin” was released on the album Cowboys and Englishmen, The album was released in 1982. With the exception of two songs, the rest of the album consisted of covers. Nonetheless, the great instrumental “Feudin,” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance. The song was written by Rusty Young.
# 8 – Bad Weather
This killer track “Bad Weather,” was released on the Poco album From The Inside. The song was written and sung by James Cotton. The album was released in 1971. The record was produced by the legendary Stax artist Steve Cropper who was a member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
# 7 – Heart Of The Night
As we continue our Top 10 Poco songs list we turn to a time period that saw a distinctive change in the sound of the band. The song “Heart of the Night,” was a Poco single released on their 1978 album entitled Legend. The album became the band’s most successful commercial record and yielded two of the of the most commercially successful Poco songs the band ever released. The song was written and sung by James Cotton.
# 6 – Pickin’ Up The Pieces
We could not compose a top 10 Poco songs list without including the title track from their debut album. The song “Pickin’ Up the Pieces,” was released on the Pickin’ Up the Pieces album which was released in 1969. The song was written by Richie Furay.
# 5 – Here We Go Again
While the Legend album may have been their most successful album from a commercial standpoint, the Crazy Eyes album became one their most successful from a fan’s point of view.The album was released in 1973. The song “Here We Go Again,” was written by Timothy B. Schmidt. The album also served as the last record that would feature original member Richie Furay until he returned many years later in 1987.
# 4 – Just For Me And You
Continuing our top 10 Poco Songs list we turn to the song “Just For Me and You.” The song was released on the album From the Inside. The album was released in 1971. The song was written by Richie Furay. “Just For Me and You,” was the album’s closing track.
# 3 – You Better Think Twice
The classic Poco song “You Better Think Twice,” was released on the band’s second album entitled Poco. The song was written by Jim Messina. The song and album were both released in 1970.
# 2 – Call It Love
The great Poco song “Call It Love,” is the most recent Poco song to be included on this top 10 Poco songs list. In Classic Rock History recent is a relative term. The song “Call It Love,” was released on the band’s 1989 album Legacy.
# 1 – Crazy Love
There was no doubt which Poco song would come in at number one on our Top 10 Poco songs list. The beautiful Poco song “Crazy Love,” was released on the album entitled Legend. The album was released in 1978. The song was written by Rusty Young. It is by far, the band’s most popular song.