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Pan American Buffalo Springfield

Pan American Buffalo Springfield

April 11, 1966

Pan American Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield (photo from https://rockhallows.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/the-troubadour/) Top L – R: Stephen Stills, Bruce Palmer, and Rich Fury. Bottom L – R: Neil Young and Dewey Martin.

 

Used to play
in a rock ‘n’ roll band,
But they broke up.
We were young and we were wild,
It ate us up.

Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield Again


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Singular Comet


Some bands are like comets. They streak brightly but briefly across our horizon, then leave behind great memories.


On April 11, 1966, the short-lived Buffalo Springfield made their live debut at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California.


They would release three albums:


  • Buffalo Springfield (1966)
  • Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)
  • Last Time Around (1968)

And then they were gone.


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Beginnings


The first incarnation of the Buffalo Springfield was an international mix: Richie Furay (Ohio) (vocals, guitar), Dewey Martin (Texas) (drums); Bruce Palmer (Ontario) (bass); Stephen Stills (Texas) (vocals, guitar); and Neil Young  (Manitoba) (vocals, guitar)


Stills had first met Neil Young in Canada while Stills was touring there. Bruce Palmer was also from Canada and met Young there. Richie Fury and Stills met in Los Angeles. And when the four of them formed a band they added Dewey Martin.


Their first single was “Go and Say Goodbye” with “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing” as the B-side, but radio DJs perferred Clancy and that became the minor hit on the west coast.


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Nowadays Clancy…


All Music describes Clancy, written by Neil Young, as “a kaleidoscope of emotions and feelings of rejection and alienation that touches nerves in anyone who listens. Young has written 100 other songs that are probably “better” than this, but he’s never written anything else quite like it.”


Clancy was the first song I heard by Springfield. I fell in love with it, but it haunted me because I didn’t even know who it was or the title. When WOR-FM first changed to a rock format they had DJ contract issues and it simply played songs unannounced. Two years later when I went away to college and had to leave my girlfriend behind, I left her a note to open when she got home from leaving me at the airport. It simply read “I miss you now,” a line I’d stolen from the Springfield’s “On the Way Home.”


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Buffalo Springfield departs


Despite its great music, the members often had poor chemistry. The government deported Bruce Palmer for drug possession. Neil Young left for artistic issues. Fill-in members came and went.


The band played its last gig at the Long Beach Arena on May 5, 1968.


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Buffalo Springfield branches out


Of course members went on to great things. Stephen Still to Crosby, Stills, and Nash (and occasionally Young). Neil Young to a still successful solo career with nearly as many variations as David Bowie. Furay and Jim Messina (a late Springfield member) were founding members of Poco. Furay later joined J.D. Souther and Chris Hillman to form the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, and Messina teamed with Kenny Loggins in Loggins & Messina.


In other words, the Buffalo Springfield members have  made a lot of great music beside what they first offered.


On  May 6, 1997, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted them in the first ceremony held at the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland.


On November 24, 2010, the Buffalo Springfield got back together at the Bridge School Benefit Concert 2010. Original members Neil Young, Richie Furay, and Steven Stills with Rick Rosas on bass and Joe Vitale on drums

 

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Sunset Strip 1966

Sunset Strip 1966

Sunset Strip 1966
Sunset Strip 1966

 

November 12, 1966: deejay Jimmy O’Neill was host of the popular teen music show Shindig!, He opened a nightclub called Pandora’s Box on the Sunset Strip. This led to massive throngs of teens and traffic on the strip, and Los Angeles city enacted a series of loitering and curfew laws targeting teenagers. Young people gathered at Pandora’s Box to defy the 10 pm curfew. The riots kept growing, and the panicked L.A. City Council quickly moved to condemn and demolish Pandora’s Box, which they ultimately did in 1967. (click >>> NYT article re sunset strip)

A site with additional information: from LA Curbed site

This is where it all happens, the new sound…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9ialZHUFVc

 

The incident inspired a number of songs:

Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield

Buffalo Springfield

For What It’s Worth

1967

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

 

Plastic People
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

Frank Zappa and

the Mothers of Invention

Plastic People

1967

“i hear the sound of marching feet…
Down sunset boulevard to crescent heights
…and there…at pandora’s box…
We are confronted with…a vast
Quantity of…plastic people…”
Take a day and walk around
Watch the nazi’s run your town
Then go home and check yourself
You think we’re singing
’bout someone else”

 

Daily Nightly
The Monkees

The Monkees

Daily Nightly

1967

Darkened, rolling figures move through prisms of no color
Hand-in-hand, they walk the night
But never know each other
Passioned pastel neon lights light up the jeweled traveler
Who, lost in scenes of smoke-filled dreams
Find questions, but no answers

 

The Standells
The Standells

The Standells

Riot on Sunset Strip

1967

I’m going down to the strip tonight
I’m not on a stay home trip tonight
Long hair seems to be the main attraction

But the heat is causin’ all the action

Bright lights everywhere
Pretty girls with long blond hair
But somehow the people they don’t care.
It just doesn’t seem fair

                                                                                                                                                                               Also on this date:                       

November 12 – 18, 1966: Poor Side of Town” by Johnny Rivers #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

November 12, 1966 – February 10, 1967: The Monkees’ The Monkees the Billboard #1 album. Here we come!

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