The Buffalo Springfield - Songs


Buffalo Springfield was a short-lived but highly acclaimed and influential folk/country rock supergroup that became famous during the tumultuous late 1960s. They are best known for the era-defining "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" (1967), widely believed to be an anti-war protest song. Written by Stephen Stills, this ominous counterculture classic was actually inspired by the Sunset Strip curfew riots in West Hollywood, California that took place in 1966 between police and teens after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect.

Formed in 1966 in Los Angeles, the original lineup consisted of Richie Furay (guitar, vocals), Stephen Stills (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Neil Young (guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals), drummer Dewey Martin (September 30, 1940 - January 31, 2009), and bassist Bruce Palmer (September 9, 1946 - October 1, 2004). By mid 1966, Buffalo Springfield, who took their name from a steamroller company, had became the house band at the historic Whisky a Go Go. Later that year, they signed with Atlantic Records and released their eponymous debut album. The band had a number of personnel changes that included the replacement of Palmer by Jim Messina on bass in early 1968.

Buffalo Springfield debuted in late 1966 with "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," and their fame took off soon after with "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" (1967) which made the Pop/Rock Top 10 and became the band's biggest hit. This smash was followed by several minor hits that include the Stephen Stills-penned "Bluebird" (1967) and "Rock 'N' Roll Woman" (1967) and the Neil Young-penned "Expecting To Fly" (1968) and "On The Way Home" (1968).

After Buffalo Springfield disbanded in 1968, Stephen Stills and Neil Young went on to form Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and also pursued highly successful solo careers. Richie Furay and Jim Messina formed Poco and also recorded solo, and Messina later joined Kenny Loggins as a duo. Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.



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