expand Buffalo Springfield

Taking their name from a steam roller parked in front of their house, Buffalo Springfield formed in 1966.  The band is notable for being one of the first American bands to garner attention after the British Invasion and for its cast of talent - Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richard Furay, Jim Messina and Dewey Martin.  

With the bickering, jealousies, drug charges and line-up changes the group only lasted 2 years, released 3 albums and had a 1 million selling hit 'For What It's Worth'.  It must have been frustrating for Neil Young as their management team thought his voice was "too weird" for airplay and nearly all the vocals were given to Furay.  

They were a great band and influenced the sound of music in their time but somehow success managed to elude them.  The break-up of the band would give us Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Poco, Loggins & Messina, and the Souther, Hillman, Furay Band in addition to all their solo work.


The NEW LA Free Press POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67) with LA Free Press Era Rock Historian, Bruno Ceriotti, now featuring... BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
(PART 1)
>> As I think you know, when Buffalo Springfield appeared at the Monterey Festival on June 18, Neil Young wasn’t there. He left the band to go solo just a few days before and was replaced by Doug Hasting of The Daily Flash.
>> However, the lineup with Hastings on guitar did not last for too long and just a couple of months later, on August 12, Young was again in the band and the poor Hastings was fired. The day before, on August 11, Hastings played his last gig with the band at the Teen and Twenty Club in Huntington Beach, California. The show was recorded by someone in the audience and a bootleg was later released.
>> Here, below, an extract of that gig, so we can listen to how the Buffalo-Springfield-Neil-Young-less sounded with Doug Hastings on guitar, enjoy!

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As we had said, we'll ALSO be making these a part of our NEW ~
LA Free Press POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67)... 


The NEW LA Free Press POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67) with LA Free Press Era Rock Historian, Bruno Ceriotti, now featuring... BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
(PART 2)
>> As previously mentioned, Neil Young re-joined Buffalo Springfield on August 12, just in time for the band's 2nd live
appearance at the Teen and Twenty Club in Huntington Beach, California.
>> Two days later, on August 14, the band was in a Los Angeles television studio, to make a lip-synched appearance on ‘Mannix’, a famous American detective television series of the 60s, in an episode entitled ‘Warning: Live Blueberriers!’ (broadcast on October 28).  The band performed two of their most well-known songs, ‘Bluebird’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’.  Here, below, the video of that performance.  Enjoy!


The NEW LA Free Press POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67) with LA Free Press Era Rock Historian, Bruno Ceriotti, now featuring... BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
(PART 3)

>> Sixteen days after their previously mentioned appearance on ‘Mannix’, Buffalo Springfield entered Hollywood’s Sunset Sound Studios on August 30th, to record one of their most beautiful songs, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman’.
>> Actually the song had already been recorded few weeks before when the band had Doug Hastings on guitar, but now that Neil Young was back in the band, they erased Doug Hastings’ contribution (although he does appear (uncredited) on the basic track) and Neil Young adds a lead guitar solo, while the guest of honour, David Crosby of The Byrds, contributes an uncredited
harmony vocal.
>> The band lip-synched this new and definitive version of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman’ on September 28, when they made an appearance on ‘Popendipity’, a television show recorded at the Warwick Theatre Studios in Providence, Rhode Island, and aired on ABC network on November 16.
>> Here, below, is the band's performance.  Enjoy!

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[Steve here] My earnest friend. Ernest, let’s not forget to remind folks that while the song IS often taken as a Vietnam War protest, that war was not actually its genesis. Instead, it was the result of the November, 1966 (LA) Sunset Strip Riot. Buffalo Springfield had just begun playing at the Whisky, and the other clubs had great bands, too. But a strict 10:00 pm curfew and a new anti-loitering

law struck the young fans as an infringement on their civil rights. Fliers announced the demonstration, a radio station warned of police, and when Stephen Stills arrived… well, this is what he said happened (from the book Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History) - "I had had something kicking around in my head. I wanted to write something about the kids that were on the line over in Southeast Asia that didn't have anything to do with the device of this mission, which was unraveling before our eyes. Then we came down to Sunset from my place on Topanga with a guy - I can't remember his name - and there's a funeral for a bar, one of the favorite spots for high school and UCLA kids to go and dance and listen to music.
[Officials] decided to call out the official riot police because there's three thousand kids sort of standing out in the street; there's no looting, there's no nothing. It's everybody having a hang to close this bar. A whole company of black and white LAPD in full Macedonian battle array in shields and helmets and all that, and they're lined up across the street, and I just went 'Whoa! Why are they doing this?' There was no reason for it. I went back to Topanga, and that other song turned into 'For What It's Worth,' and it took as long to write as it took me to settle on the changes and write the lyrics down. It all came as a piece, and it took about fifteen minutes."
Just some additional notes… the club that had closed was Pandora’s Box and, among those arrested were Jack Nicholson and his good friend, Peter Fonda.