POCO - The Sound And The Furay

The following is from the Goldmine Poco article. We've only included paragraphs and photos where Timothy is included.

Regarding the formation of Poco-"Auditions turned up a good candidate for bassist in Timothy B. Schmit (born Oct. 30, 1947 in Oakland, Calif) from the Sacramento band Glad, but there were reservations at the time about his college and draft status. The bass position instead went to Randy Meisner who was familiar with Young and Grantham from the Poor."

After Meisner left the band - "Messina didn't want to continue as bassist, so a trip to Sacramento was executed to draft Schmit, who officially joined in early '70. Back in August '69, his "Hard Luck" had been used as the flip for a non-charting, non-LP single with Furay's "My Kind Of Love" on the top side. (These 2 songs can be found on the excellent two-CD set The Forgotten Trail (1969-74), a 1990 release on Epic Legacy.)

From The Inside- The title song is a pretty Schmit ballad, while the lead track is a Furay/Young collaboration, the jolly, "Hoe Down". Furay's "What If I Should Say I Love You" is a nice ballad with a great rock chorus, but perhaps his greatest moment in Poco is on the single "Just For Me And You", which only managed a charting of #110 in November '71. The album managed a placement of #52.

Home for Poco became Colorado around this time. "We all knew we wanted to get away out of L.A., as the smog was driving us nuts," says Furay. "San Francisco was our first choice, but only George bought a place there. After we decided to move to Boulder, I remember going up to San Francisco and here's George on a ladder painting, and we tell him that we're all on our way to Colorado. Luckily George is a pretty mellow guy, and he followed suit. Of all the bands I've been in, Poco certainly was a family, especially when Tim and Paul were a part of the band."

Head Over Heels benefited from the lilting Schmit ballad "Keep On Tryin'," which charted at #50, their biggest hit yet and first Top 100 charter in more than five years. That this single didn't go higher is hard to explain. Indeed, pockets of the country were more open to the song, as seen by Denver's KTLK-AM pushing the song as high as #23 on it's chart in early fall 1975 (the same placement as on adult radio nationally.)

A year after Rose of Cimarron, Poco had a bit more success (#57) with the Indian Summer LP, which also spawned a #50 single in the title track. Donald Fagen of Steely Dan played synthesizers on the record in return for Schmit guesting on their records. This was the last record for Schmit. Young explained, "The Eagles made Tim an offer he obviously couldn't refuse, plus George was going through some personal things and needed to take some time off. After Indian Summer it was just Paul and me, and the label dropped us."


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