Poco in the beginning in 1968

Poco in the beginning in 1968 was called Pogo first. The originator of the Pogo comic strip threatened to sue the band if they didn’t change the name, so they changed it to Poco. Randy Meisner only stayed with the band for a few months before moving on to Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. Randy left Poco just prior to the release of the first album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces. That album was released May 19, 1969. The original members of Randy, Rusty Young, Richie Furay, Jim Messina, and George Grantham then reunited in 1989 for the Legacy tour and album.

Poco (called both Pogo and R.F.D. back then) first appeared at the Troubadour more than 50 years ago in 1968. Richie Furay’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Troubadour was Nov. 16. 2018.

Poco audios and videos on this page:

Cindy Dakin, Poco fan club president, had the band members fill out questionnaires back in 1969. Jim Messina was the only one who did not fill one out. Those questionnaires are below.

John Beaudin interviews Jim Messina about the forming of Poco back in 1968. A short segment from one of Randy’s interviews with John about him being excluded from the mixing of the first Poco album is included.

LA Times (Los Angeles, CA) – Nov. 13, 1968

Valley News (Van Nuys, CA) – Nov. 29, 1968

Richie Furay shares lead vocals with Randy Meisner, bassist for the group (Furay plays rhythm guitar, as does Messina). Rounding out Pogo is George Grantham on drums.

LA Times (Los Angeles, CA) – Nov. 22, 1968

“Pogo is a group of five young, clean, cute men-boys who smile and play the most amazingly tight country rock and sing in beautiful harmonies.”

Poco - the beginning in 1968

Record World – Nov. 30, 1968

Poco in the beginning in 1968
The Troubadour – Nov. 1968

Jim Messina, Randy Meisner, George Grantham (on drums), Richie Furay, and Rusty Young

Daily Trojan (Univ. of Southern California student newspaper) – Dec. 6, 1968

LA Times (Los Angeles, CA) – Dec. 6, 1968

Record World magazine – Dec. 7, 1968

San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, CA) – Dec. 7, 1968

Dec. 21, 1968

Dec. 31, 1968

Daily Trojan (Univ. of Southern California student newspaper) – Jan. 30, 1969

Cashbox – Feb. 1, 1969

“My friend, Miles Thomas, was the one who got me into big-time rock ‘n’ roll, says Young, who recently completed a memoir.”

“So because of Miles going out to try and make it big in 1967, we had Poco and we had the Eagles – just from that one little thing, this one little local band that nobody really knew about in L.A.”

The Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ) – Nov. 9, 2007

Poco – the beginning in 1968
An excerpt from an interview with Jim Messina (Sittin’ In Once Again with Loggins and Messina):

The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, MD) – Sept. 17, 2009
The “old roadie” was Miles Thomas.
Jim Messina is evidently just labeling Randy as “Ricky Nelson’s bass player” because Randy was recognized and known for that. To clarify, Randy was in The Poor, then Poco, and then the Stone Canyon Band.

Poco in the beginning in 1968

Billboard magazine – Dec. 28, 1968

Poco Publicity Photos

Front: Randy Meisner and Rusty Young
Back: Jim Messina, George Grantham, and Richie Furay

Front: Randy Meisner and Rusty Young
Back: Jim Messina, George Grantham, and Richie Furay

Clockwise from top: George Grantham, Jim Messina, Rusty Young, Richie Furay, and Randy Meisner (in front)

Clockwise from left: Jim Messina, George Grantham, Rusty Young, Richie Furay, and Randy Meisner (kneeling)

Kneeling: Jim Messina and Rusty Young
Standing: Richie Furay, George Grantham, Randy Meisner

Kneeling: Jim Messina and Rusty Young
Standing: Richie Furay, George Grantham, Randy Meisner


This photo was taken in front of Doheny Fountain on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills. The fountain was also used in a photo taken by Eve Babitz with the Eagles, Jackson Browne, JD Souther, and Ned Doheny sitting in front of it just a few years later.

Clockwise from top: Randy Meisner, George Grantham, Jim Messina, Richie Furay, and Rusty Young

Rusty Young, George Grantham, Randy Meisner, Jim Messina, and Richie Furay

Jim Messina, Randy Meisner, George Grantham, Richie Furay, and Rusty Young

Randy Meisner, Rusty Young, Jim Messina, George Grantham, and Richie Furay

Randy Meisner, Rusty Young, Jim Messina, George Grantham, and Richie Furay

Randy Meisner, Rusty Young, Jim Messina, George Grantham, and Richie Furay

Randy Meisner, Rusty Young, Jim Messina, George Grantham, and Richie Furay

From the Colorado Music Experience website:

Audio of a “Colorado Music Experience” podcast with Rusty Young. Rusty talks about his musical career including starting the Poco band and the band reunion in 1989. He has some interesting and entertaining stories to tell.

A short “Colorado Music Experience” video bio of Poco explaining how the band started and the 1989 reunion


Pogo/Poco was also called R.F.D. for a very short time. The name was ultimately changed to Poco after the creator of the Pogo comic strip threatened to sue them for using the Pogo name.

Poco - the beginning in 1968

Record World – Dec. 1, 1968

Poco - the beginning in 1968

Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH) – Dec. 7, 1968

Poco - the beginning in 1968

From a blog called “A Rock n’ Roll Historian” – Oct 30 2011

Desperado roots of country excerpts pgs

Excerpts from the book “Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock” – pgs. 126-128
“Anyway Bye Bye” is on Randy’s “One More Song” album, which is his 2nd solo album.

Hotel California book excerpt 1

Excerpts from the book “Hotel California” – pgs. 69-70

Poco - the beginning in 1968

Daily Trojan (Univ. of Southern California student newspaper) – Nov. 1, 1968
Photo below

Bovard Auditorium Univ. of Southern California – Nov. 2, 1968

Jim Messina, George Grantham (on drums), and Randy Meisner
Cindy Dakin, photographer

Randy at the Troubadour with Poco

Cindy Dakin, photographer

Beverly Hills High School – Jan. 25, 1969

Handbill or poster advertising Beverly Hills concert of Three Dog Night and Pogo

Beverly Hills H.S. 1969 Yearbook
with photo of Richie Furay

Poco in the beginning in 1968

Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter (Fond Du Lac, WI) – Apr. 11, 1969

The four original members of Pogo/Poco (and later Timothy) were asked to fill out questionnaires by the fan club president, Cindy Dakin. Cindy said Jim Messina never did complete his.

Randy Meisner

Questionnaires for Rusty Young, Richie Furay, George Grantham, and Timothy B. Schmit

(Click each questionnaire to enlarge)

From the Poco / A Good Feelin’ To Know Facebook page

These two photos of Randy were taken by the Poco fan club president, Cindy Dakin, in 1969.

Randy Meisner and Rusty Young at Musso and Frank Grill in Hollywood – May 30, 2017

Randy and Rusty in a booth at Musso & Frank Grill

Rusty brought this Poco-autographed guitar to their dinner meeting so that Randy could add his autograph to it.

While they are at Musso & Frank, Rusty is singing “My Friend”, which was the new song he had written.

Kevin Curtin (Curtin Call) interviews Jim Messina on Jan. 12, 2018 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT.

Jim tells a Halloween story about he and Randy at about 9:12.

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