Richie Furay, who rightfully resides in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of both Buffalo Springfield and Poco, is celebrating his 68th birthday today and I wanted to send him my best regards.
I first met Richie when I was recording my second solo album, “Friends & Legends” back in 1973. We were recording at the Caribou Ranch high above Boulder, Colorado and one night as we were doing overdubs we realized that we needed some higher voices for some background vocals we were doing. Now we were a good couple of hours from even getting a pizza let alone singers but Joe Walsh said don’t worry, I’ve got an idea; we’ll just call Dan and Richie. “Dan and Richie who?”, I asked. Dan Fogleberg and Richie Furay he said; they both just live down the road. So let me get this straight…we can’t get a pizza or cigarettes but we can get Fogleberg and Furay? A crazy place, these Rocky Mountains!
And so before you know it, there they were and they sang like angels. And the most unbelievable part to me was that Richie said that no one had ever asked him to sing on someone else’s record before…well, proud to be your first, my man…it was an honor!
So happy birthday to one of rocks’ coolest voices and truly nice guys!