Rusty Young passed away April 14 at the age of 75. A heart attack took his life.
He is the only member of Poco that was there during the entire tenure of the band (1968 - present). In the beginning, he befriended Richie Furay and became road manager for Buffalo Springfield. The band was on its last legs, and upon its split Rusty and Richie teamed with Jim Messina to form the nucleus of Poco.
The band released nearly 20 albums through the years and 17 singles charted on the Hot 100. Rusty wrote "Crazy Love", their highest charting single peaking at #17 in 1979. It was from their album "Legend" which, with a #14 peak became their highest charting album.
The pedal steel guitar was Rusty's calling card. He was considered a virtuoso, inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame.
Appropriately, a memorial service will be held October 16 in Steelville, MO.