Neil Young, guitarist, singer
Guitarist ~ Singer ~ Songwriter
Buffalo Springfield ~ Crosby Stills Nash (& Young)
birth name: Neil Percival Young

Neil Young

November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After Neil Young left the California folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s through to the 21st century, he never stopped writing, recording, and performing; his official catalog only represented a portion of his work, since he kept countless tapes of unreleased songs in his vaults. ~ Allmusic: Neil Young ~ retrieved November 9, 2013 © Allmusic

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Most of Neil Young's electric guitar tracks have been recorded on "Old Black," the guitarist's Fifties-vintage Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, which he traded for way back in 1969. The guitar has undergone numerous modifications and has endured plenty of wear and tear over the years ~ Rolling Stone: 20 Iconic Guitars, Neil Young ~ May 23, 2012 © Rolling Stone

Neil Young ~ Inducted in the 1982 Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse ~ Everybody Know This Is Nowhere (1969) ~ #23 Spin 25 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 1989.

Buffalo Springfield

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Apart from the Byrds, no other American band had as great an impact on folk-rock and country-rock - really, the entire Californian rock sound - than Buffalo Springfield. The group's formation is the stuff of legend: driving on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay spotted a hearse that Stills was sure belonged to Neil Young, a Canadian he had crossed paths with earlier. Indeed it was, and with the addition of fellow hearse passenger and Canadian Bruce Palmer on bass and ex-Dillard Dewey Martin on drums, the cluster of ex-folkys determined, as the Byrds had just done, to become a rock & roll band. Buffalo Springfield wasn't together long - they were an active outfit for just over two years, between 1967 and 1968 - but every one of their three albums was noteworthy. ~ Allmusic: Buffalo Springfield ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Allmusic

Buffalo Springfield ~ Inducted in the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Internecine squabbles, particularly between Stills and Young, led to Buffalo Springfield’s disbanding, but not before they’d recorded three classic albums that sketched a number of directions rock would follow in their wake. It would be hard to imagine the careers of the Eagles, Jackson Browne and others without Buffalo Springfield as a precursor, and the roots of the currently popular Americana movement can be found here as well. ~ 1997 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Buffalo Springfield ~ Buffalo Springfield Again (1967) ~ #399 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

Buffalo Springfield ~ For What It's Worth (Stills) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

Crosby Stills Nash (& Young)

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The middle to late 1960s was a very tumultuous time all over the world. Students, women, and the disenfranchised were standing up to protest against what they felt were discriminating and oppressive societies. Culture, as a whole, was swept up and into the politically and socially relevant movements of the era. Pop music was no exception. Introspection and often times politically astute observations were not only the province of folk artists, they even managed to find homes in the works of such rock artists as Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. What set Crosby, Stills, and Nash apart from other protest artists were their pure and clear harmonies. Their inspired lyrics and song writing helped to set the stage for the emergence of the singer-songwriter movement of the early 1970s. ~ Musicianguide: Crosby, Stills & Nash ~ retrieved November 9, 2013 © Musicianguide

Crosby Stills & Nash ~ Inducted in the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ~ Déjà Vu (1970) ~ #61 VH-1 R&R's All Time Top 100 Albums in 1999.

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