Rusty Young, Poco co-founder and longtime frontman, で死んだ 75

若い died of a heart attack at his home in Davisville, Miss., 水曜日に, a rep told Variety.

アウトレットあたり, Poco was formed in 1968 by Young, Richie Furay, Jim Messina, George Grantham and Randy Meisner, who was soon replaced by Timothy B. Schmit. Over its 50-plus-year history, Young was the only original band member to stay with Poco.

Although Young had planned to retire over the years, iterations of the country-rock group went on with Young leading the band, による バラエティ.

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

Bassist and vocalist Jack Sundrud called Youngan innovator and a rock star.” “He remained the one constant in Poco for 53 年. It was an honor to perform alongside him for more than 25 of those years,” Sundrud said in a statement obtained by Fox News.

Sundrud added: “He was a gentle and kind man, and a great friend. I will miss him dearly.

左から: Timothy B. シュミット, Jim Messina, Rich Furay, George Grantham, Rusty Young of Poco on September 15, 1970.

左から: Timothy B. シュミット, Jim Messina, Rich Furay, George Grantham, Rusty Young of Poco on September 15, 1970. (CBS via Getty Images)

Rick Lonow called Younga truly gifted musician” 誰だった “a pioneer inmelding‘country instrumentswith rock music.

The drummer, who also played with The Flying Burrito Brothers, 追加されました, “I love you Rusty; it was an honor to have played music with you.

Guitarist and vocalist Tom Hampton said, “It might sound cliché to say he changed my life, but he did – in a profound way. I just can’t believe he’s gone.

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Born on Feb. 23, 1946, ロングビーチで, カリフォルニア, Norman RussellRustyYoung is attributed as one of the first musicians to integrate a pedal steel guitar, which was heavily associated with カントリーミュージック 当時の, into rock & ロール, による 転がる石.

Following the departure of several original bandmembers in the ’70s, Young became a frontman for the group. He also wrote Poco’s biggest song, “Crazy Love,” に 1978.

Singer Rusty Young of the band Poco performs onstage at The Canyon Club on November 10, 2017, in Agoura Hills, カリフォルニア. Young died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. 彼がいた 75.

Singer Rusty Young of the band Poco performs onstage at The Canyon Club on November 10, 2017, in Agoura Hills, カリフォルニア. Young died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. 彼がいた 75. (Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

で 2014 interview with Goldmine, ヤングは言った: “I think things went the way they were supposed to go. We did have a big 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 never would have been a songwriter or a singer, so those things had to happen for my life to be the life it is. So I’m really pleased.

Poco was putting on shows as recently as March 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a halt. に 2017, Young released his first-ever solo album titled, “Waitinfor the Sun.

Young is survived by his wife Mary, their daughter Sara and son Will, and Mary’s three children Joe, Marci and Hallie. He also has five grandchildren.

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