Poco

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1994 (The 1995 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Poco be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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No Poco, No Eagles. They influenced, innovated, pioneered, gave some of the most passionate and energetic performances of the 70's. Richie, Rusty, Jimmy, George, Paul, Tim...and the others deserve this recognition!!!

Posted by Terry Roland on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 00:00am


Echoes of their influence are heard daily in country and rock groups. Sadly ignored by the industry their older music is as fresh and invigorating today as it ever was. Their new songs and live performances demonstrate mature artists still at the top of their game.

Posted by al saxon on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 12:11pm


It is such a crying shame that the Induction process into the HOF has to be decided by an International Voting Comm. A band with such motivation to continue making music and intertaining crowds both here and abroad would be passed over to "less than desirable inductees". Revamp the HOF induction process and put those who deserve it.

Posted by Geoff Kersey on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 11:45am


In an on line petition supporting POCO (before the band established its own website, POCONUT.com, I wrote:
POCO, the band that blazed the path for the Eagles and other "country rockers" belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Poco, founded in 1968 by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay (inducted 1997 with Buffalo Springfield), virtually invented the"Country rock" genre commercially popularized by the Eagles through a long string of early-to mid-'70s hits like "Take It Easy." Poco's 1969 debut, "Pickin' Up the Pieces," received the rare 5-star designation in Dave Marsh's "Rolling Stone Record Guide."
Bud Scoppa wrote in Rolling Stone of Poco's unique talent of not only being able to take a sad song and make it better like a (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer) Rod Stewart, but they actually write sad songs and perform them as they were about something better than sorrow. Veteran DJ Dave Herman, among the notable DJ's highlighted in the Rock and Roll Hall, told his listeners after playing Poco's 1971 classic, "Bad Weather,": "You have to go far and wide through many a stack of albums to find a better song."
Current Eagles bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit replaced original Poco member Randy Meisner after Poco's debut album and later replaced the a charter member of the Eagles in 1978.
Rusty Young flat-out revolutionized pedal steel guitar playing, both in broadening the range of its application and in creating a new variety of its sonic possibilities, winning Guitar Player magazine's venerated poll for "Best Pedal Steel Guitarist" award so many times it enshrined him in its Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Messina, later of (Kenny) Loggins and Messina fame, formed the band with Furay and contributed the standard, "You Better Think Twice." Cotton replaced Messina on lead guitar in 1971.
Original drummer George Grantham set the standard on adding a strong rock beat to country flavor picking and provided excellent harmony vocals.
Other Poco members included later seventies/early eighties Drummer Steve Chapman and Bassist Charlie Harrison and current bassist Jack Sundrud
Few bands of the past 30 years can boast of putting out such great songs as "A Good Feeling to Know, Crazy Eyes, Bad Weather, Rose of Cimarron," "Heart of the Night," "Crazy Love," "Midnight Rain," "Indian Summer," "Ghost Town," "Widowmaker," "Call it Love,"and "Days Gone By" just to name a few. [The remainder of the text I had to remove since it includes HTML code but you can google for the Poco petition or my personal website (use my first and late name with no space and "dotcom") and go to its links section. Thank you for your interest.
Corey Bearak

Posted by Corey Bearak on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 18:16pm


put them in, or close the damn place, too many
outside influences on voting process,some people
just do not understand what classic music really
is,

pissed off in Texas

Posted by steve Knox on Tuesday, 01.13.09 @ 17:14pm


If Poco gets inducted into the RRHoF, that would increase the number of multiple inductees from 17 to 21. Richie Furay and Jim Messina formed Poco after Buffalo Springfield split up and two future Eagles were members of Poco. Randy Meisner was a founding member of Poco. When he left the band Timothy B. Schmit replaced him. When Meisner left the Eagles in 1977, Timothy replaced him in that band. Also, the Loggins & Messina song "My Music has a tongue-in-cheek reference to Timothy B. Schmit in the line "Little Tim Smitty's got his old man's hand" which I heard as "Little Timmy Schmit has got his old man's hand" I wonder if Jim Messina did that consciously or subconsciously.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 12.17.09 @ 06:33am


Actually the line is "Cause Little Tim Smitty's got his old man's van" Maybe Messina was referring to a tour van or tour bus.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 12.17.09 @ 06:44am


Good stuff

Posted by mrxyzomg on Tuesday, 08.17.10 @ 23:05pm


The voting process aside; poco deserves to be in the HOF based a solid body of work. Although the band never had the throngs the Eagles did, it's no doubt they had influences well beyond that band. These guys had more energy, gave thier hearts to the crowd, sound familiar? Thier body of work was progressive & distinctual, which is more than I can say for many bands. Listen to; Crazy eyes, Drivin wheel, Ride the Countryside, Rose of Cimmaron, I could go on & on, the point here is these guys produced, even though they had to go through several personnel changes, management, record labels & industry bias. They are due. I can't imagine a a HOF without them.

Posted by Steve Thursby on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 17:18pm


Sorry to disagree , but can't see these guys in the Hall.
The biggest part of their legacy is what band members did before or after their time in Poco, not what was accomplished while in Poco.Meisner left Poco during the recording of their 1St LP.He joined Ricky Nelson, then later The Eagles, before they even called themselves The Eagles.Messina left after less than two years. Any success these guys had after Poco has nothing to do with Poco , in fact it only underscores Poco's lack of success and personnel conflicts various members had.Schmit also departed to join The Eagles. Again, why ? Obviously to better himself as Poco still had not caught on, and Furay had also left.This hardly is worth a Rock and Roll HOF claim.I enjoyed some of their music but simply being one of the earliest country rock bands who had members leave to find success elsewhere hardly merits a spot in the Rock HOF.
Poco played in many of the hottest spots on both coasts in addition to many festivals with the biggets names in rock, yet failed to ignite, their music simply didn't catch on, no excuses there.They made many decent songs over the years, but so did many bands. Enjoyable but did not have the national impact other bands did.

Posted by Kenny on Thursday, 10.28.10 @ 15:41pm


You know what's great about Poco well Richie Furray is my pastor in Broomfield Colorado such a great guy. I know Richie Stephen and the rest of Buffalo Springfield are already in the hall but Poco was defiantly one of the main reasons the Eagles came to be so I'm super confused about why The eagles Poco are not in there I mean I even saw Chicago isn't in the hall and that just takes my breath away.

Posted by Samuel on Tuesday, 10.18.11 @ 22:27pm


they are in the hearts and minds of those who know. Remember when all this great music was first comming on the scene? There were those who knew and understood that certin music was better off not being hyped. Well Poco is clasic to those thoughts. It's a shame they did not receive the monitary rewards for there efforts, cause lord knows they tryed and stayed with it for decades. With every change in their line up, they still managed to hang on to their original and unique sound. So yes it's a shame they are not in the popular hall of fame, but those of us who know, know better. If any member of any Poco line up ever gets to read this, thank you for some of the most melodic sounding music ever written. You put my head in place I needed to be at the time, and now when I listen to your catalog of great songs, my head is right there again. Thank you for your devotion. Nick

Posted by nick barbato on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 20:36pm


New issue of Classic Rock magazine with Van Halen on the cover. Poco says they created Country-Rock, not Gram Parsons. Plus, The Eagles got their sound from Poco.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.23.12 @ 06:54am


Poco

01. Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina)
02. Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)
03. Rusty Young (The Ides of March, Poco)
04. George Grantham (Poco)
05. Randy Meisner (Poco, The Eagles)
06. Timothy B. Schmit (Poco, The Eagles)
07. Paul Cotton (Illinois Speed Press, Poco)
08. Jack Sundrud (Poco, The Great Plains)
09. Steve Chapman (Poco)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.23.12 @ 07:25am


Poco

01. Jim Messina (1968-1991: guitar, bass, vocals; Buffalo Springfield, Loggins & Messina)
02. Richie Furay (1968-Present: guitar; Buffalo Springfield)
03. Rusty Young (1968-Present: guitar; The Ides of March)
04. George Grantham (1968-2004: drums, vocals)
05. Randy Meisner (1968-1969; 1988-1991: bass, vocals; The Eagles)
06. Timothy B. Schmit (1969-1977: bass, harmonica, vocals; The Eagles)
07. Paul Cotton (1970-2010: vocals, guitar; Illinois Speed Press)
08. Jack Sundrud (1985-Present: vocals, bass, guitar; The Great Plains)
09. Steve Chapman (1978-1987: drums)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 05.27.13 @ 10:28am


If Niirvana can get in with just 3 studio CDs and being the initiators of Grunge, then why not Poco as the initiators of Country-Rock? I know that Nirvana was one of the top bands from 1992 to 1994, but with Rusty revolutionizing the PSG, the Eagles elaborating on their sound, and much of country music basing their sound on Poco, is it really that much of a stretch to recognize their influence in the RRHOF? Also, a lot of their non-recognition could be traced to some higher-ups in the music business actively working against their success, e.g., one past record company releasing a live album at the same time a studio album is released with a new record company. There are other examples of some at the top of the music business at the time not wanting them to succeed.

Posted by Mike R on Sunday, 06.1.14 @ 16:15pm


Poco didn't initiate country rock. The only ones who say that are Poco guys like Furay and Young who sadly today are still seeking glory or recognition which never came. It didn't come because they weren't good enough and Furay's ego. He's the reason people quit to find success elsewhere. Furay was so intent on proving he was as good as former bandmates Young and Stills etc it ate him up. He still sounds jealous and bitter over 40 years later, it's sad.So does Young. They are extremely pathetic when they refuse to give props to Gram Parsons. It's typical . They are the only ones who do not recognize his work as country rock. They do the same thing when discussing the Burritos. Same with the Byrd's and others. It's childish nonsense at this point over 40 years later .Maybe it's time to grow up and face the facts.Young talks like evryone in Nashville owes something to him and Poco, a band no one today in Nashville cites as an influence.To say much of country music bases their sound on Poco is pure lunacy worthy of a furay or Young comment ! Young played the steel trough leslie speakers making it sound like an organ. That was his revolution of the steel ! Did anyone take up on that appraoch ? No, because fans and steelers prefer their steel to sound like a steel.Even Young dropped that approach. So much for the revolution. Do some research on the stell please. See who really revolutionized it. You won't see Young's name in any article.

Don't blame record companies, read previous comments re: their many opportunities that most bands would kill for. Sometimes you just aren't good enough.

It's great to be loyal but keep some perspective about iy

Posted by Greg on Wednesday, 06.4.14 @ 12:07pm


An interesting discussion. Both sides well stated. Of course they didn't 'invent' countrr rock-- no one did. Their music didn't break big until after Schmit, Furay and Messina left, and then that which broke wasn't representative of their best work. Meisner barely left a footprint in this band.They did squander opportunities (who moves to Colorado to make in the music business?). But if it's up to me they're in, for the excellence of their work from '68 to '79 and its obvious influence and resonance to this day.

Posted by Born Band Creature on Friday, 01.2.15 @ 11:54am


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