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Rusty Day
Cactus (1970).png
Cactus in 1970 (Left to right: Tim Bogert, Rusty Day, Jim McCarty (guitarist), & Carmine Appice).
Background information
Birth name Russell Edward Davidson
Born (1945-12-29)December 29, 1945
Garden City, MI, USA
Died June 3, 1982(1982-06-03) (aged 36)
173 Parsons Road, Longwood, FL, USA
Genres Rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock, Psychedelic rock, Blues-rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Performer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1966 - 1982
Associated acts Ted Nugent
Amboy Dukes
Rusty Day & The Midnighters
The Detroit Wheels
The Band Detroit
Steve Gaines
Uncle Acid & The Permanent Damage Band

Russell Edward "Rusty Day" Davidson, also known as "Pachuco" by his closest friends, (born in Garden City, Michigan) was a rock vocalist and frontman, best known for his work with Steve Gaines, Cactus, & Ted Nugent's American Amboy Dukes.

Career with The American Amboy Dukes[edit]

Rusty Day joined Ted Nugent's band The American Amboy Dukes in 1969, after their former vocalist, John Drake, was fired. Rusty himself had just quit his own band, Rusty Day & The Midnighters. He stayed only for one album, Migrations (mostly because he and Ted never really got along that well).

Career with Cactus[edit]

Cactus was initially conceived in late 1969 as a supergroup of the Vanilla Fudge rhythm section of bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice with guitarist Jeff Beck and singer Rod Stewart. However, Beck had an automobile accident and Stewart joined Ronnie Wood in The Faces. Out of frustration, Bogert and Appice formed what became known as Cactus in early 1970. The cast was complete when Day joined them on vocals and Jim McCarty joined on lead guitar.

Having made a name for himself in Detroit's rock scene Rusty worked to restore one of Detroit's most legendary bands, The Band Detroit, to national prominence. The Band Detroit was formed as an offshoot of The Detroit Wheels by members Steve Gaines (who later joined Lynyrd Skynyrd), Teddy "T-Mel" Smith, Nathaniel Peterson, Terry Emery, Bill Hodgeson, and others. The band's initial flame burned out quickly due to many different issues going on at once. Rusty, tried his hand at restoring the glory with his line up. There's a recording of Rusty Day, Steve Gaines, & the rest of the band performing in 1973 called "The Band Detroit - The Driftwood Tapes", which got released as a Lynyrd Skynyrd bootleg in 1998.

In 1976, Rusty re-incarnated Cactus by placing an ad in the Rolling Stone which stated that he needed exceptionally good guitar, bass, & drums. This lineup lasted from 1976 - 1979, and featured Gary "Madman" Moffatt, who currently drums for .38 Special.

Rusty, having turned down AC/DC's request to have him join their band to replace Bon Scott (seeing it as not quite the right fit), and Rossington-Collins's request to have him replace Ronnie Van Zant (seeing it as something that didn't seem right to do, although he did briefly rehearse and tour with the band), eventually formed Uncle Acid & The Permanent Damage Band which scored him a deal with Epic Records.


Day was fatally shot at his home on 3 June 1982. His son and Garth McRae were also fatally shot during the same attack. The murder officially remains unsolved, although the Seminole County Sheriff's Office believe the victims may have known the perpetrator, and that the killings may have been drug related.[1] It is widely accepted that the Day's murderer was Ron Sanders, who played guitar in Day's last band. Sanders himself was killed by police, in an unrelated incident, a month after Day's murder.


  • Knight, K. J. Knight Moves: The K. J. Knight Story. S.l.: Trafford On Demand Pub, 2011. Print.
  • Miller, Steve. Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History Of Rock & Roll In America's Loudest City. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.


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Sowega Live

Sowega Live
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:42:58 -0700

Working with Deputy Warden Screen, Investigator Nix, Investigator Rusty Day and BPS Chief Investigator Larry Funderburke kept a close watch out for the vehicle. At around 1:30 p.m., the officers pulled the Altima over near the intersection of Scott ...

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:04:27 -0800

Musicians who play trumpet, French horn, double bass or oboe are needed to join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Rusty and Not So Rusty day at the Neeld Hall, Chippenham, on Sunday. The project is a ground-breaking scheme bringing amateur ...

Washington Post (blog)

Washington Post (blog)
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:05:06 -0700

It's tough being a red panda. Sure, you've got “panda” in your name, but you live in the black-and-white shadow of your ursine relatives, the giant pandas — the sexually frustrated bamboo munchers who move gift-shop merch like none other. So how's ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:01:30 -0700

On a related note, Google " Economic Gardening " for some interesting reading. Rusty Day. at 10:01 AM July 21, 2015. Add a comment See all comments. 3. Jason Bantel, principal of Lee & Associates of Central Florida, represented Magnolia Investors LLC ...

Detroit Metro Times

Detroit Metro Times
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:03:45 -0700

Cactus was formed in 1969 by bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice from Vanilla Fudge, with guitarist Jim McCarty from the Detroit Wheels, and Rusty Day, the vocalist from the Amboy Dukes. The band was half Detroiters and half New Yorkers, ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:41:35 -0700

Orlando coach Adrian Heath screams as he's ejected during the New York Red Bulls at Orlando City Soccer MLS game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, July 18, 2015. New York won the game 2-0. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel). Orlando coach ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:29:38 -0700

Rusty Day. at 8:32 PM June 24, 2015. Add a comment See all comments. 6. More than 60 Orlando firefighters and 26 fire vehicles responded to the gated Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, known for its multimillion-dollar homes near Medical City, according ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Wed, 27 May 2015 17:09:30 -0700

Rusty Day. at 9:36 PM May 27, 2015. Add a comment See all comments. 2. "She's a collector with incredibly great taste," said Tuni Blackwelder, who produced the first and now second Harriett's Closet Warehouse Sale with her daughter, Paige Blackwelder.

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