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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]

Day joined Ted Nugent's band The American Amboy Dukes in 1969, after their former vocalist, John Drake, was fired. Day had just quit his own band, Rusty Day & The Midnighters. He stayed only for one album, Migrations.

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, Day worked to restore 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. There is a recording of Rusty Day, Steve Gaines, and 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, Day re-incarnated Cactus by placing an ad in Rolling Stone which stated that he needed exceptionally good guitar, bass, and drums. This line-up lasted from 1976 until 1979, and featured Gary "Madman" Moffatt, who currently drums for .38 Special.

Day, having turned down AC/DC's request to have him join their band to replace Bon Scott, and Rossington-Collins's request to have him replace Ronnie Van Zant, eventually formed Uncle Acid & The Permanent Damage Band which scored him a deal with Epic Records.


Day was fatally shot at his home on June 3, 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]


  • 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, 2013, ISBN 978-0306820656


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The Band Detroit - I've Gott'a Move (Rusty Day)

From the Driftwood Tapes (ft. Rusty Day from Cactus & Steve Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd). Recorded live at the 20 Grande Driftwood Lounge, Detroit, Michigan.

Rusty Day with the Detroit Wheels - Searching for Something

DETROIT WHEELS (with Rusty Day) .... Tuesday, 27 March 1973 Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Tribute to Rusty Day of Cactus

A tribute to the talented Rusty Day who's life cut short by a mad man.

Steve Gaines & Rusty Day - Highway (Detroit 1973.)

Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The Band Detroit - Poor Brother Bill (Rusty Day)

From the Driftwood Tapes (ft. Rusty Day from Cactus & Steve Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd). Recorded live at the 20 Grande Driftwood Lounge, Detroit, Michigan.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF RUSTIN EUGENE DAY October 28, 1988 - February 5, 2014.

Rusty Day Training - DabbiTakeOver

First tricking session in two years for Dabbi, since Tommi was in Akureyri this week Snowboarding.

The Band Detroit - The Highway (Rusty Day)

From the Driftwood Tapes (ft. Rusty Day from Cactus & Steve Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd). Recorded live at the 20 Grande Driftwood Lounge, Detroit, Michigan.

Rusty's Day

Here we see Rusty, the little Orange Diesel, as he goes about his work. Music by Kevin Macleod. I do not own the music.

Rusty's Day Camp | The Venture Bros. | Adult Swim

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University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily

University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:33:45 -0800

After the rusty day one outing, Virginia turned it around for the rest of the weekend, going 5-1 in singles play against Maryland Saturday and closing out day three Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Rice. Their doubles performance improved as well as they ...

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 ...


Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:07:17 -0700

*Rusty Day died June 3, 1982, shot. *Jaco Pastorius died September 21, 1987, beaten, murdered *Charizma died December 16, 1993, shot. *Rhett Forrester died January 22, 1994, shot. *Bryan Harvey died January 1, 2006, throat slit *Valentín Elizalde died ...


Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:52:30 -0700

“Spend the rest of my birthday enjoying the waves,” said Rusty Day, avid surfer. “It's a lot of fun a lot of nice barrels. The winds stayed offshore for us so can't complain.” But while some were busy trying to catch the perfect wave, others were ...

Bike Magazine

Bike Magazine
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:26:15 -0700

What started as a simple race idea turned into a full weekend of revelry in Durango, Colorado complete with new trail openings, nostalgic celebration, and a slew of legendary mountain bikers riding alongside up and comers. The first annual Durango Dirt ...

Detroit Metro Times

Detroit Metro Times
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:04:05 -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, ...

Richmond Register

Richmond Register
Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:09:32 -0700

“I especially love performing the Ghost Walk, mainly because it's nonfiction,” explained Rusty Day, who will be portraying a Confederate captain. “It's full of history and at a wonderful location. It's a great experience to make history come alive ...


Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:15:00 -0700

“I'm a little rusty,” Day-Malone continued, “but this is a good tune up for the summer and I'll be more prepared in Beijing.” So will Texas A&M sophomore Shamier Little, who completed her sweep of the NCAA and U.S. 400 hurdles titles. Two weeks ago ...

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