Paul Cotton Poco Obituary – Death: American guitarist, singer and songwriter Paul Cotton has died. Paul Cotton, 78, passed away unexpectedly on August 1, 2021. No cause of death was revealed.
Cotton was notably as a member of the band Poco and as the writer of their international hit song “Heart of the Night.”
Cotton was born on February 26, 1943, in Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Cotton’s musical career has been as a songwriter, lead guitarist, and lead singer for the band Poco. I joined Poco in 1970, replacing Jim Messina.
His best known song with Poco is “Heart of the Night”, which was a hit off the album Legend, released in 1978.
Damn. Paul Cotton, long-time member of the legendary band @PocoRocks has passed away. This comes just four months after the unexpected death of Cotton’s bandmate, Rusty Young. What a loss. Cotton penned “Heart of the Night.”
— Rich Rovito (@rrovito) August 2, 2021
Famed guitarist & friend — Paul Cotton — of POCO & The Illinois Speed Press fame has sadly passed on at 78.
Rest In Peace to an incredibly kind, gracious man…
— JD Adams, aka Lucky 🌊 (@JDAdamsAuthor) August 2, 2021
Thread by my alter ego. This one really hurts. Paul Cotton was an incredible musician and a great person. Looks like “Bad Weather,’ indeed. 🌹
— Bob Smith (@Bob_Bahoomba) August 2, 2021
Sad news today about the passing of Paul Cotton, lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of the legendary country rock band Poco. He took an existing wonderful band and moved it more in his own direction, yet retaining the genuineness of the band’s music and its legacy. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/vAQDcRU7LN
— Robert French (@Ric12string) August 2, 2021
Woke up this morning to very sad news. Paul Cotton was a special musical kindred brother. Spent time together before he joined Poco & indeed gave me a great honor when he filled my position. I last heard his voice on the evening of Rusty Young‘s Radio Memorial. Rest In Peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TYZjRA8Ave
— Jim Messina (@Jim_Messina) August 2, 2021
First Rusty and now Paul. Poco taking a hit this year, thanks for the music and Rest In Peace Paul Cotton. pic.twitter.com/ZQxGhTbZad
— Toffee flavoured Vuck (@ausbluetoffee) August 2, 2021