1979 Poco – Crazy Love
When Buffalo Springfield fell apart, its members became founding members of two other groups: Poco and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Poco’s initial lineup in 1969 included former members of Buffalo Springfield Richie Furay and Jim Messina on guitar and Rusty Young on an assortment of instruments. They recruited George Grantham on drums and Randy Meisner on bass to round out the group. Randy left the group by the time the first album had been recorded, and Timothy B. Schmit took his place. The band released You Better Think Twice as their first single, but it stalled at only #72 on the Hot 100. The single must have been too Country for pop stations and too pop for Country stations.
Jim left in 1970, and Paul Cotton joined the group. Poco’s albums helped popularize Country-Rock, but sales were poor despite glowing reviews by critics. A few more lineup changes occurred, and Poco released nearly a dozen albums by 1977. None of their singles reached any higher than #50 on the Hot 100 and the band took a break from touring and recording.
The only members still in the group were Rusty and Paul. They recruited Steve Chapman on drums and Charlie Harrison on bass to complete a new quartet that they intended to call the Cotton-Young Band. The band recorded a new album that ABC Records would only release if they continued to call their band Poco.
In 1979, the label released the album Legend. The first single from the album, Crazy Love, became the band’s first hit record.
The single peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for several weeks in 1979.
The band’s next single, Heart Of The Night, also reached the top twenty on the Hot 100.
It took the band another ten years to reach the top forty again!
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