Just love the name of this unique American rock band which also launched the careers of such popular artists as Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Neil Young. Other members were Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer. This group gained many fans because they combined rock, folk, and country music. One of their songs which sold millions of copies “For What It’s Worth” actually became a political anthem for the turbulent times of the late 60s.
Buffalo Springfield came together in 1966 but stayed on the scene only for two years because of issues which couldn’t be solved. During this time they managed to become one of the most influential groups of the 60s and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
This group got their name from the side of a steamroller which belonged to the Buffalo-Springfield Roller Company and made their debut on April 11, 1966 in Hollywood at the Troubadour. Afterwards they went on a tour through California as the opening act for the Dillards and the Byrds. Later on they became the house band at the Whisky a Go Go and stayed there for seven weeks. Their first single “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing” didn’t make a very big splash. Finally they came out with their landmark song “For What It’s Worth” in November of 1966. It quickly became a Top Ten Hit and wound up being awarded a gold disc.
Their first album included such songs as “Go and Say Goodbye” and “Sit Down, I Think I Love You”.
Buffalo Springfield went on to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. Other songs which they recorded were “Mr. Soul”, “Bluebird”, “Rock & Roll Woman,” “Sad Memory” and “Broken Arrow”. Of all the songs the fans preferred “Bluebird”. They hooked up with the Beach Boys Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Tour. However drug and other problems surfaced and they performed their last concert at the Long Beach Arena in 1968 and disbanded only two short years after coming together.
Stills went on to create Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Young went on to a solo career but later on joined Stills and they became Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. In September of 1968 Martin formed the New Buffalo Springfield with Dave Price guitar, Bob Apperson bass, Don Poncher drums and Jim Price horn. They went on tour and appeared at the much publicized Holiday Rock Festival in December of 1968 in San Francisco, California. However Stills and Young refused to let Martin continue using the name of Buffalo Springfield. There were thoughts of reuniting the original members but Palmer died in 2004 and Martin in 2009 so that was no longer a possibility. However the remaining members did reunite for six concerts in 2011.
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