Rusty Younger, Poco co-founder and longtime frontman, lifeless at 75

Rusty Young, Poco co-founder and longtime frontman, dead at 75

2021-04-16 06:52:08

Rusty Younger, who co-founded the band Poco, has died, Fox Information can affirm. He was 75.

Younger died of a coronary heart assault at his house in Davisville, Miss., on Wednesday, a rep informed Selection.  

Per the outlet, Poco was shaped in 1968 by Younger, Richie Furay, Jim Messina, George Grantham and Randy Meisner, who was quickly changed by Timothy B. Schmit. Over its 50-plus-year historical past, Younger was the one authentic band member to stick with Poco.

Though Younger had deliberate to retire through the years, iterations of the country-rock group went on with Younger main the band, in response to Selection


Poco’s present band members paid tribute to the late artist on Thursday.

Bassist and vocalist Jack Sundrud referred to as Younger “an innovator and a rock star.” “He remained the one fixed in Poco for 53 years.  It was an honor to carry out alongside him for greater than 25 of these years,” Sundrud stated in a press release obtained by Fox Information. 

Sundrud added: “He was a mild and type man, and an excellent good friend.  I’ll miss him dearly.”

From left: Timothy B. Schmidt, Jim Messina, Wealthy Furay, George Grantham, Rusty Younger of Poco on September 15, 1970.
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Rick Lonow referred to as Younger “a very gifted musician” who was “a pioneer in “melding… ‘nation devices’ with rock music.”

The drummer, who additionally performed with The Flying Burrito Brothers, added, “I like you Rusty; it was an honor to have performed music with you.” 

Guitarist and vocalist Tom Hampton stated, “It’d sound cliché to say he modified my life, however he did – in a profound means.  I simply cannot consider he is gone.”


Born on Feb. 23, 1946, in Lengthy Seaside, Calif., Norman Russell “Rusty” Younger is attributed as one of many first musicians to combine a pedal metal guitar, which was closely related to nation music on the time, into rock & roll, in response to Rolling Stone.

Following the departure of a number of authentic bandmembers in the ’70s, Younger turned a frontman for the group. He additionally wrote Poco’s greatest tune, “Loopy Love,” in 1978.

Singer Rusty Young of the band Poco performs onstage at The Canyon Club on November 10, 2017, in Agoura Hills, California. Young died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 75. 

Singer Rusty Younger of the band Poco performs onstage at The Canyon Membership on November 10, 2017, in Agoura Hills, California. Younger died on Wednesday after struggling a coronary heart assault. He was 75. 
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In a 2014 interview with Goldmine, Younger stated: “I believe issues went the way in which they had been alleged to go. We did have a giant hit in 1978, and if it hadn’t been for Richie (Furay) leaving the band, and Timmy (Schmit) leaving the band, and Jimmy (Jim Messina)  leaving the band, I by no means would have been a songwriter or a singer, so these issues needed to occur for my life to be the life it’s. So I’m actually happy.”


Poco was placing on reveals as just lately as March 2020 till the COVID-19 pandemic introduced all the pieces to a halt. In 2017, Younger launched his first-ever solo album titled, “Waitin’ for the Solar.”

Younger is survived by his spouse Mary, their daughter Sara and son Will, and Mary’s three kids Joe, Marci and Hallie. He additionally has 5 grandchildren. 

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