Sunday, January 15, 2017

Songoftheday 1/15/17 - Cryin' doesn't ease the pain, when the fire is gone when the weak break the strong...

"Nothin' To Hide" - Poco
from the album Legacy (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from the country/soft-rock band Poco, which included musical veterans like Randy Meisner from the Eagles, as well as Jim Messina and Richie Furay from Buffalo Springfield, along with drummer George Grantham and singer Rusty Young.  original lineup reunited in 1989 under the help of pop star Richard Marx for their Legacy album. That disc scored them their third top-20 pop hit with "Call It Love". Marx co-wrote the follow-up single, "Nothin' To Hide", with Bruce Gaitsch, was a waltz that had all the touches of a love ballad that would dominate country music in the upcoming decade. Meisner took the lead vocals on this single...

"Nothin' To Hide" became Poco's fourth and so far most recent top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in January of 1990. The song also climbed to #10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. It did a bit better in Canada, reaching #25 on their pop chart (and #8 on their AC list).

A third single from Legacy, "The Nature Of Love" (sung by Meisner), went to #30 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart, while later that year "What Do People Know" from the album peaked at #24 on the Adult Contemporary chart. After touring with Marx, the band eventually went their separate ways mostly, with Young continuing under the Poco moniker with some former members and new ones for a while, with their most recent studio album All Fired Up in 2013.

Up tomorrow: Piano man doesn't take it easy.

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