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Richie Furay (born Paul Richard Furay, 9 May 1944, Yellow Springsmarker, Ohiomarker) is an Americanmarker singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famemarker member who is best known for forming the 1960s band, Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin. His best known song with that band was "Kind Woman," which he wrote for his wife, Nancy.

Career

Before Buffalo Springfield, Furay performed with Stills in the nine-member group, the Au Go Go Singers (Roy Michaels, Rick Geiger, Jean Gurney, Michael Scott, Kathy King, Nels Gustafson, Bob Harmelink, and Furay & Stills), the house band for the famous Cafe Au Go Gomarker in New Yorkmarker.

In the late 1960s he formed the country-rock band Poco, with Jim Messina, and Rusty Young. This band, while influential to many future country-rock acts, experienced uneven commercial success. Furay's best known songs, "Pickin' Up The Pieces" and "Good Feelin' To Know", however, have reached classic status and appear on many country rock compilations. Furay left Poco in 1974 to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band. It was during this time that Al Perkins, the band's pedal steel guitar player, introduced Furay to Christianity. Although Souther, Hillman Furay's self titled first album was certified Gold and yielded the top twenty hit with "Fallin in Love" in 74, they could not follow up on that success and poor record sales eventually led to the band's demise.

Furay then formed The Richie Furay Band, with Jay Truax, John Mehler, and Tom Stipe, releasing the album I've Got a Reason in 1976, which reflected Furay's newfound beliefs. To support the release of this album Furay formed an alliance with David Geffen and Asylum Records. Furay assured Geffen that his album would be Christian influenced but would not be an attempt to preach his newfound beliefs. "I've Got a Reason" did however establish Furay as a pioneer in Christian Rock. The title track of his third album, the secular "I Still Have Dreams" became a mild radio hit in 1979. Overall his albums, failed to chart satisfactorily and compounded with the strain of two tours during the late 1970s wearing on him and his family, he hung up his rock and roll shoes in favor of a call to the ministry.

Since the early 1980s, Furay has been senior pastor of the Calvary Chapel in Broomfieldmarker, Coloradomarker, a non-sectarian Christian church in the Denvermarker area. He continues to perform as a solo artist, and very occasionally with Poco. He toured as an opening act for America and Linda Ronstadt during the Summer of 2006. The 2006 release of his latest CD The Heartbeat of Love returns Furay to his early country-rock roots with a contemporary flair.

In 2007 he toured with a new formation of the Richie Furay Band. At the Boulder and Bluebird Theatres in Colorado they recorded a double live CD ALIVE. The ALIVE set covers 29 songs of Furay's career. The Richie Furay band continued to tour through 2008 and 2009. Furay appeared with Poco for several shows in early 2009. At the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California in the Spring of 2009, Furay and the current Poco lineup were joined onstage by original members Jimmy Messina and George Grantham and former bass player Timothy B. Schmidt reuniting the Poco lineup that achieved the most crtical acclaim.

Partial discography

Albums

As a member of the Au Go-Go Singers:

As a member of the Buffalo Springfield:

As a member of Poco:

As a member of Souther-Hillman-Furay Band:

Solo:
  • I've Got a Reason (1976) (Asylum)
  • Dance a Little Light (1978) (Asylum)
  • I Still Have Dreams (1979) (Asylum)
  • Seasons of Change (1982) (Myrrh Records)
  • In My Father's House (1997) ([Calvary Chapel Records)
  • I am Sure (2005) (FridayMusic)
  • The Heartbeat of Love (2006) (Richie Furay and John Macy)

Compilations

The Richie Furay Band

  • ALIVE (2007) (FridayMusic)

Singles

  • "Souther Hillman Furay" (1974) (Asylum)
  • Souther Hillman Furay: "Safe at Home" / "Border Town".


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