vocalist from Oklahoma who was a member of Boenzee
Cryque and Police before joining Poco. Boenzee Cryque enjoyed some
moderate success with their singles, “Sky Gone Grey”, backed
with “Still in Love with You Baby”, and “Watch the
Time”, and contributed one song to the soundtrack of Psych-Out, “Ashbury
Wednesday”. They broke up
with Rusty Young, hooked up with Richie Furay,
Jim Messina and Randy Meisner to form a new band
called Pogo. After four months
of rehearsal, they made their debut at The Troubador
in Los Angeles, California.
Until they were allowed to record, however, they had to change their
name, as “Pogo” was copyrighted. They changed the g to a c and Poco was born.
It was the first
of many changes in their long and storied careers. Jim and Randy did not get along and
Randy left the band before their first album was even released. He was supplanted by Timothy B.
Schmidt. George moonlighted on
projects such as Neil Young’s eponymous solo album in 1969 and Gunhill Road’s self-titled LP in 1973. In the meantime, Poco
offered up at least one album a year throughout the ‘70s.
Around 1977 or
1978, George left the band and toured briefly with McGuinn,
Clark & Hillman until settling in Nashville, Tennessee. One of his first post-Poco recordings was Richie Furay’s Dance
a Little Light, released in 1978.
He also offered up his percussive talents on Ricky Skaggs’
1982 album, Highways & Heartaches,
which spawned the #1 hits, “Heartbroke” and “Highway 40
In 1984, he
temporarily re-joined Poco on Inamorata. An official reunion occurred in
1988, with George, Richie Furay, Randy Meisner, Jim Messina, and Rusty Young. The result was Legacy, and it hit the shelves on 23rd September 1989. One of the singles from the album,
“Call it Love”, cracked the top twenty.
At the turn of
the decade, George joined The Flying Burrito Brothers, doing some live
dates and drumming on Eye of the
Hurricane on the Sundown label in 1993.
After that, Poco again reincarnated, this time as a quartet
comprising George, Paul Cotton, Jack Sundrud, and
Rusty Young. This version of
the band entered the new millennium with a boxed set and a tour under their
belts, as well as a new CD, Running
Horse. George still found
time to perform on A Tribute to the
King with Ronnie McDowell in 2002.
July 2004, disaster struck. Poco was performing live in Springfield, Ohio, and as
they launched into their second song of the set, George suffered a
debilitating stroke. It seemed
to paralyze the left side of his body, although he amazingly continued
drumming with his right hand.
Rusty Young asked for a doctor, and George was whisked away via
ambulance to the hospital. The
stroke left him completely immobilized, and he has spent the last several
years in rehabilitation.
can only perform simple tasks, George still hopes to play drums again some
day. In the meantime, he has
been spotted at a couple of Poco concerts, as recently as 2009.