Artist Info

George Grantham

Drummer/singer George Grantham is best known as one of the founding members of the band Poco, although he has also played on a good share of major albums by other artists. Born in Cordell, OK, in 1947, he discovered while growing up that he had abilities both as a singer and a drummer. In 1966, at age 18, he entered professional music by joining the Denver-based folk-rock band Boenzee Cryque, succeeding their original drummer, Tad Collier. He and guitarist Rusty Young became close friends as part of the group's second-generation lineup, which had more of a psychedelic sound. The group released a single, "Sky Gone Grey" b/w "Still in Love with You Baby," that was a big enough regional hit to get picked up by the Los Angeles-based Uni label for national distribution -- and it did well enough, in turn, to justify Uni issuing the band's follow-up, "Watch the Time." All of that activity led to the group's participation on the soundtrack of the movie Psych-Out. By the time the movie was out, however, Young had left the band and moved to Los Angeles, and Boenzee Cryque was history by the middle of 1968. Meanwhile, Young fell in with Richie Furay and Jim Messina in working on the final recordings of the Buffalo Springfield, whose own membership -- including Stephen Stills and Neil Young -- was in the process of splintering. Out of those sessions, a new band -- initially called "Pogo" and later rechristened Poco -- was formed.