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Rusty Day
Cactus (1970).png
Cactus in 1970 (Left to right: Tim Bogart, Rusty Day, James McCarty, & 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, MI, USA) was a rock vocalist and frontman, best known for his work with Steve Gaines, Cactus, & Ted Nugent's American Amboy Dukes.

"Every musician has his own story to tell," said Rusty in K.J. Knight's book Knight Moves, "Go up there & tell 'em yours."

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 as a force to be reckoned with, Rusty worked to restore one of Detroit's most legendary bands, The Band Detroit, to the national stage. 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 VanZant (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 know the perpetrators, and that the killings may have been drug related.[1]


  • 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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The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

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

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Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:05:06 -0700

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Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:27:27 -0800

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Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:20:09 -0800

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Orlando Sentinel
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:18:47 -0800

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:52:30 -0700

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:53:54 -0700

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