A gypsy childhood took Stephen Stills from Dallas, Texas, through many southern cities and also Central America.
At the University of Florida, Steve discovered he preferred Folk Music to Political Science and soon migrated to New York. There he learned his craft, including counterpoint, madrigals, and fugues.
He played drums, bass, piano, and tambourine, finally decided to concentrate on guitar.
On tour in Canada, he met the leader of Neil Young and the Squires. It took a couple of years, but they found one another again.
Along with Bruce and Dewey, they formed the Buffalo Springfield (the name was borrowed from that of a steamroller resurfacing a road in LA) and went on a seven-city-concert tour with The Byrds. There followed a long stand at the Whisky a Go Go on the Strip.
Buffalo Springfield were only together for two years, but they drew on folk, blues, R&B and country to produce an array of absolute pearls: Young’s Mr Soul and Expecting To Fly, Stills’ Rock & Roll Woman and For What It’s Worth – The band was simply too full of singer/songwriters to survive.
Guitarist Steve Stills formed Crosby, Stills and Nash – which soon added Neil Young. Rhythm guitarist Richie Furay and bassist Jim Messina formed a country band called Poco. Furay eventually left the music business and became a pastor at Calvary Chapel in Broomfield, Colorado.
Bassist Bruce Palmer passed away in 2004. Drummer Dewey Martin died in 2009.
Young, Stills and Furay came together in 2011 for a Buffalo Springfield reunion tour – their first time together since 1968. They were joined by CSN drummer Joe Vitale and long-time Young stalwart Rick Rosas.
Neil Ragland Young