January 18. Pure Prairie League - You Can Go Home Again. It’s rich history goes back to 1969 in the Southern Ohio area where a group of young musicians initially played cover tunes at local bars. Original member Craig Fuller and early memer George Powell were beginning to stir their songwriting abilities aroung the time original drummer Tom McGail happened to catch a late night 1939 Errol Flyn flick called Dodge City. The movie’s Pure Prairie League was the woman’s temperance union attempting to clean up Kansas’ most lawless town.
RCA signed Pure Prairie League after seeing them play in Cleveland, Ohio. It was Craig, George, Billy Hinds on drums, and Phill Stokes on bass that played that night. Phil Stokes reminisces, “the Cleveland concert (booked by our manager at the time Rodger Abramson) that got us signed to RCA included Jon Call playing steel on that date because I can remember that long drive from Cincy to Cleveland in his Mercury Cougar. Also, I was the original bass player when the band was first formed. Craig and I had just left the JD Blackfoot band (Mercury records) in september 1970.” The first album was released the following year. “The most memorable thing about it was the Norman Rockwell cover from a 1927 Saturday Evening Post cover,” recalls Mike Reilly.