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Richie Furay

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Yellow Springs OH, United States (9 May 1944 – present)

Richie Furay (born Paul Richard Furay, 9 May 1944, Yellow Springs, Ohio) is an American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 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.

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 Go in New York.

In the late 1960s he formed the country-rock band Poco with Jim Messina and Rusty Young. The band failed to live up to Furay’s expectations, with a disenchanted Messina and Randy Meisner leaving the band .Furay himself grew frustrated at the failure of Poco and he too departed .In 1974 he joined the 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 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.

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.

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