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Program Director: dridge
Music Director: WoW
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Todays selection on kick-ass rock is a request by my spiritual advisor and music director WoW. It’s from a group popular in the late ‘60’s and what I would categorize as among the first of the supergroups even though they, unlike what is normally thought of as a supergroup, were not well known for their individual accomplishments yet, however they would go on to greatness in later years. So I give you:

Buffalo Springfield a short-lived but influential folk rock group that served as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina and is most famous for the song "For What It's Worth." After its formation in April 1966, a series of disruptions, including internal bickering, as well as the pressure of working in the music industry, resulted in constant changes in the group's lineup — and ultimately culminated in the group's disbanding after roughly 25 months. Buffalo Springfield released a total of three albums but also left a legacy that includes numerous demo recordings, studio outtakes, and live recordings.
Although Buffalo Springfield was formed in early 1966, the group’s genesis might very well be attributed to a chance meeting nearly a year earlier when Neil Young and Stephen Stills first crossed paths at a folk club in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Young was there with The Squires, a group he had been leading since February 1963, and Stephen Stills was on tour with The Company, a spin off from the Au Go Go Singers. Although the two would not see each other again for almost a year, the encounter left both with a strong desire to work together.
Some time later, when The Company broke up at the end of that tour, Stills made the move to the West Coast where he worked as a studio musician and auditioned unsuccessfully for, among other things, The Monkees. Told by record producer Barry Friedman that there would be work available if he could assemble a band, Stills invited fellow Au Go Go Singers alumnus Richie Furay and former Squires bassman Ken Koblun to come join him in California. Both agreed although Koblun chose to leave before very long and rejoined 3's a Crowd.
In early 1966 in Toronto, Young met Bruce Palmer, who was then playing bass for a group called the Mynah Birds. In need of a lead guitarist, Palmer invited Young to join the group and the offer was accepted. The Mynah Birds were set to record an album for Motown Records when Rick James, their singer, was arrested for draft evasion. With their record deal cancelled, Young and Palmer decided to head for Los Angeles where they hoped to hook up with Stills.
Roughly a week later, discouraged at having been unable to locate Stills and ready to depart for San Francisco, they were stuck in traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles when Stills and Furay recognized Young’s 1953 Pontiac hearse, which just happened to be sitting in the opposite lane. After an illegal u-turn by Furay, some shouting, hand-waving, and much excitement, the four men realized that they were united in their determination to put together a band. Less than a week later, drummer Dewey Martin, who had played with country artists such as Patsy Cline and The Dillards, was added to the roster after contacting the group at the suggestion of the Byrds' manager, Jim Dickson.
Taking their name from the side of a steamroller -- made by the Buffalo-Springfield Roller Company -- that was parked on the street outside Friedman’s house (where Stills and Furay were staying), the new group debuted on April 11, 1966 at The Troubadour in Hollywood. A few days later, they began a short tour of California as the opening act on a bill featuring the Dillards and the Byrds.

Buffalo Springfield

“I am a Child”

Composer: Neil Young

I am a child, I'll last a while
You can't conceive of the pleasure in my smile
You hold my hand, rough up my hair
It's lots of fun to have you there
I gave to you, now, you give to me
I'd like to know what you learned
The sky is blue and so is the sea
What is the color, when black is burned?
What is the color?
You are a man, you understand
You pick me up and you lay me down again
You make the rules, you say what's fair
It's lots of fun to have you there
I gave to you, now, you give to me
I'd like to know what you learned
The sky is blue and so is the sea
What is the color, when black is burned?
What is the color?
I am a child, I'll last a while
You can't conceive of the pleasure in my smile

The video clip for today’s selection is a cover by Neil Young as no video exists of Buffalo Springfield performing this tune.
Video clip:Buffalo Springfield's "I Am a Child" Neil Young cover

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Sep 17 @ 1:23AM  


Sep 17 @ 1:26AM of my late 60s favs

Sep 17 @ 1:44AM  
good one Dridge! Thanks!

Sep 17 @ 3:57AM  
I first remember hearing Buffalo Springfield in a beatnik coffee shop ...and that time I was just sprouting long hair and gettn nasty thoughts about the establishment...there was another group called young bloods or something...that i liked too around the same time...hope you keep doing this brings me back to a good time in my life...thanks Don...

Sep 17 @ 9:03AM  
Made me wanna find my red white and blue striped bell bottoms.

Sep 17 @ 9:05AM  
Good song hun! Thanks for wakin me up!

Sep 17 @ 10:57AM  
" nobodys right if everybodys wrong" good job,bro.

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