Neil Percival Young was born in Toronto, Canada on 12 November 1945. His father, Scott Alexander Young was a journalist and sportswriter who would later rise to prominence in Canada for his work.His mother, Edna Blow Ragland “Rassy” Young was of American, French, and Scottish ancestry, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They married in 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with their first son, Robert ‘Bob’ Young, being born in 1942.
Young was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, in 1951 also suffered from a bout of polio , in what was the last major outbreak of the disease in Ontario. This was in fact the same epidemic in which singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, then aged nine, also contracted the virus.
By the mid-1960s, Young decided to leave the Squires and begin touring the folk clubs in Winnipeg. While making his cafe rounds, he met fellow folk musician Joni Mitchell who would later write the song “The Circle Game” in response to the Young’s song, “Sugar Mountain.” Also during this time, the rock band The Guess Who recorded one of Young’s songs, “Flying on the Ground Is Wrong,” which would become a Top 40 Canadian hit.
In 1966, Young moved to the United States with friend and bass player Bruce Palmer; the two packed their possesions into Young’s black hearse and drove the long road to Los Angeles, California. There, Young and Palmer co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield, which also included Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin. Their first album, Buffalo Springfield, which included the Stills-authored hit song “For What It’s Worth,” was a best-seller and introduced both the band and Young to America. The band grew to attract a large following, and was acclaimed for its experimental and skilled instrumental pieces, inventive songwriting, and harmony-focuses vocal composition.
Although Buffalo Springfield fell apart after only a couple of years, the group managed to release two more albums, Buffalo Springfield Again and Last Time Around, in 1967 and 1968, respectively.
Despite its short life, Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. It was the first time that Young was enshrined he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again in 1995, for his solo work.
Recently, Young has been on tour promoting his new album “Chrome Dreams II” that was released in August of 2007. He is currently residing in his 1500-acre ranch home that’s located in California.
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