Stephen Stills (b. January 3, 1945) is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first became famous during the late 1960s as a member of the rock supergroup, Buffalo Springfield. Born in Dallas, Texas, he began in the early 1960s playing with The Au Go Go Singers, The Company, and other folk-rock groups and also performed solo at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village. After relocating to Los Angeles, he formed Buffalo Springfield in 1966 with Neil Young and Richie Furay and wrote the band's era-defining protest anthem, "For What It's Worth" (1967). After Buffalo Springfield disbanded in 1968, Stills went on to co-found Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). He wrote CSN's ethereal "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (1969), an ode to ex-girlfriend Judy Collins featuring a virtuosic acoustic guitar solo performed by Stills. In the wake of CSNY's success with "Deja Vu," which topped the Billboard 200 in 1970 and later went multi-platinum, Stills launched a solo career that year with the release of his gold-certified eponymous debut album.
Stills debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1970 with the exuberant, Latin-infused "Love The One You're With," a Top 20 hit with background vocals provided by CSN bandmates, David Crosby and Graham Nash. This smash was followed by the gospel-styled "Sit Yourself Down," a Top 40 hit featuring Stills on piano. Stills mostly self-penned hits, which continued through 1984, also include "Change Partners" (1971), "Marianne" (1971), "It Doesn't Matter" (1972), "Rock And Roll Crazies" (1972, with Manassas), "Isn't It About Time" (1973, with Manassas), "Turn Back The Pages" (1975), "Stranger" (1984), and "Can't Let Go" (1984, with Michael Finnigan).
In addition to his solo career and his work with Buffalo Springfield and CSNY, Stills also co-founded several other groups over his long career that include the early 1970s band, Manassas (with ex-Byrds member Chris Hillman), The Stills-Young Band, and, more recently, The Rides. In 1997, he became the first performing artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice in the same year (as a member of Buffalo Springfield and CSN). Stephen Stills numerous other honors and accolades include being ranked at #28 in Rolling Stone's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time."
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- For more info on Stephen Stills' career and touring schedule, visit stephenstills.com.
- Stephen Stills discusses his guitar techniques and his current projects in an interview with performingsongwriter.com (January 3, 2014).
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- Love The One You're With 1970
(This song later also became a hit for the Isley Brothers (1971) and Luther Vandross (1995).)
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