|Birth name||Paul Richard Furay|
|Born||May 9, 1944|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, Christian minister|
|Labels||Atco, Asylum, Epic, RCA, Roulette, Myrrh, Calvary Chapel, FridayMusic|
|Associated acts||Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Richie Furay Band|
Paul Richard Furay (born May 9, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member. He is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, and Poco with Jim Messina, Timothy B. Schmit, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner. His best known song (originally written during his tenure in Buffalo Springfield, but eventually performed by Poco, as well) was "Kind Woman," which he wrote for his wife, Nancy.
Life and career
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Before Buffalo Springfield, Furay performed with Stills in the nine-member group, the Au Go Go Singers (Furay, Roy Michaels, Rick Geiger, Jean Gurney, Michael Scott, Kathy King, Nels Gustafson, Bob Harmelink, and Stills), the house band of the famous Cafe Au Go Go in New York City.
In the late 1960s, he formed the country rock band Poco with Jim Messina (who produced albums and occasionally played bass for Buffalo Springfield) and Rusty Young. This band, while influential to many future country rock acts, experienced uneven commercial success. Furay's best-known songs, "Kind Woman", "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. During this time Al Perkins, the band's pedal steel guitar player, introduced Furay to Christianity. His newfound faith helped him rebuild his troubled marriage.
Although Souther Hillman Furay Band's self-titled first album was certified Gold and yielded the top thirty hit with "Fallin' in Love" in 1974, the group could not follow up on that success, and poor record sales eventually led to its demise.
After moving from Los Angeles to Sugarloaf Mountain near Boulder, Colorado, Furay 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 charted unsatisfactorily, and, compounded with the strain of touring wearing on him and his family, he retired as a performer to join the ministry. In 1983, Furay became senior pastor of the Calvary Chapel in Broomfield, Colorado, a non-sectarian Christian church in the Denver area. (Furay retired as Pastor of Calvary Chapel in December 2017.) He continued to perform as a solo artist, occasionally with Poco. He toured as an opening act for America and Linda Ronstadt during 2006. The 2006 release of his CD The Heartbeat of Love returned 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 2009, Furay and the current Poco lineup were joined onstage by original members Jim Messina and George Grantham and former bass player Timothy B. Schmit, thus reuniting the Poco lineup that had achieved the most critical acclaim.
On October 23, 2010, he reunited with surviving Buffalo Springfield bandmates Stephen Stills and Neil Young for a set at the 24th annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.
Furay regrouped with Buffalo Springfield for a 2011 tour, headlining 2011 Bonnaroo with them. In July 2011, Furay announced on his Facebook page that he would be touring with Buffalo Springfield in early 2012, ending speculation there would be a 2011 fall tour with them.
In 2011, Furay collaborated with the Piedmont Brothers Band as an occasional back-up vocalist on the album PBB III (2011).
Furay appears on the April 2013 Carla Olson album, Have Harmony, Will Travel. In 2015, he released a new CD Hand in Hand to positive critical reviews.
On June 13, 2018, the Richie Furay Band began the "Deliverin' Tour" at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in New Jersey. The first set consisted of Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Souther, Hillman & Furay Band and solo material, followed by a second set in which the classic 1971 Poco live album "DeLIVErin'" was performed in its entirety. A single, “I Guess You Made It”, was released on Furay's website (richiefuray.com).
The tour continued throughout the year, culminating with a Poco 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 16, 2018 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where Poco first performed in 1969. Randy Meisner and Peter Asher were in the audience. Furay's Troubadour show was recorded and, in April, 2021, was released in both CD and DVD as "DeLIVErin' Again" (50th Anniversay: Return To The Troubadour.) That same year, Furay released the single. "America, America" through his website. He completed a collection of country standards which will be released on CD/album in late 2021 or early 2022.
In the mid-2019, Furay announced he would be retiring from "headline touring." He embarked on a tour of the west coast in the fall of 2019, sharing the bill with Dave Mason. Furay's “Farewell/76th Birthday Celebration” was originally scheduled to take place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in New Jersey in 2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the show was postposed until November 2021.
A documentary, Through It All: The Life and Influence of Richie Furay is currently in post-production. It is narrated by Cameron Crowe.
As a member of the Au Go-Go Singers:
- Au Go-Go Singers (With Stills) (1964) (Roulette Records)
As a member of the Buffalo Springfield:
- Buffalo Springfield (1966) (Atco)
- Buffalo Springfield Again (1967) (Atco)
- Last Time Around (1968) (Atco)
As a member of Poco:
- The Forgotten Trail Compilation 1990
- Pickin' Up the Pieces (1969) (Epic)
- Poco (1970) (Epic)
- Deliverin' (1971) (Epic)
- From the Inside (1971) (Epic)
- A Good Feelin' to Know (1972) (Epic)
- Crazy Eyes (1973) (Epic)
- Legacy (1989) (RCA)
As a member of Souther-Hillman-Furay Band:
- I've Got a Reason (1976) (Asylum) (US Billboard # 130)
- 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)
- Hand In Hand (2015) (Entertainment One)
- Songs of Richie Furay (1980) (Epic Records)
The Richie Furay Band
- ALIVE (2007) (FridayMusic)
- DeLIVErin' Again (Return To The Troubadour: 50th Anniversary) (2021) (DSDK Productions)
Singles (as lead vocalist)
- Buffalo Springfield: "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" b/w "Go and Say Goodbye" (1966) (ATCO) (US Billboard #110)
- Buffalo Springfield: "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It" B-side of "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" (1967) (ATCO) (US Billboard #7)
- Buffalo Springfield: "A Child's Claim to Fame" B-side of "Rock and Roll Woman" (1967) (ATCO) (US Billboard #44)
- Buffalo Springfield: "Kind Woman" B-side of "Special Care" (1968) (ATCO) (US Billboard #107)
- Buffalo Springfield: "On the Way Home" b/w "Four Days Gone" (1968) (ATCO) (US Billboard #81)
- Poco: "Pickin' Up the Pieces" (1969) (Epic)
- Poco: "C'Mon" (1971) (Epic) (US Billboard #69)
- Poco: "Just for Me and You" (1971) (Epic) (US Billboard #110)
- Poco: "A Good Feelin' to Know" (1972) (Epic)
- Souther Hillman Furay: "Fallin' in Love" (1974) (Asylum) (US Billboard #27)
- Souther Hillman Furay: "Safe at Home" / "Border Town" (1974) (US Cash Box #80)
- Richie Furay: "This Magic Moment" / "Bittersweet Love" (1978) (Asylum) (US Billboard #101)
- Richie Furay: "I Still Have Dreams" / "Headin' South" (1979) (Asylum) (US Billboard #39)
- Poco: "When it All Began" (1990) (RCA) (Can Country #76)
- Edmunds, Mike. "Biography: Richie Furay". Allmusic. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
- Furay, P. Richard, mentioned live after performing the song, October 24, 2010, Bridge School Benefit Concert, Mountain View, California.
- "The 700 Club – Richie Furay: What It's Worth". Cbn.com. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- 2012 tour never materialized as Neil Young called it off before it even got started. "Buffalo Springfield Tour Scheduled for 2012, Says Spokesperson" Check
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- Lustig, Jay (August 21, 2020) Richie Furay's streaming concert will benefit SOPAC and other organizations, NJArts.net; retrieved October 7, 2020.
- Whitburn, Joel (2018). Top Pop Albums 1955-2016. Prometheus Global Media. ISBN 978-0-89820-226-7.
- Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book Billboard/Cash Box/Record World 1954-1982. Sheridan Books. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.
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