Neil Young

Neil Young


Neil Percival Young, OC, OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969.… Read More

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Shortly after Neil's birth in 1945, the Young family moved to the rural town of Omemee, Ontario, which Neil would later fondly describe as a "sleepy little place".
1951 5 Years Old Young suffered from a bout of polio in 1951, in what was the last major outbreak of the disease in Ontario. … Read More


1960 14 Years Old When Young was twelve, his father, who had been having a number of extra-marital affairs, left his mother, and she asked for and received a divorce some years later, in 1960. … Read More
1965 19 Years Old In 1965 Young toured Canada as a solo artist.


1966 - 1967 2 More Events
1968 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1968, the band split up for good, but to fulfill a contractual obligation, a final album, Last Time Around, was released, primarily from recordings made earlier that year. … Read More
Shortly after the release of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Young reunited with Stephen Stills by joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, who had already released one album Crosby, Stills & Nash as a trio in May 1969.
Young wrote "Ohio" following the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970. … Read More


1976 - 1977 3 More Events
In 1978, much of the filming was done for Young's film Human Highway, which took its name from a song featured on Comes a Time. … Read More
1979 33 Years Old …  Readers and critics of Rolling Stone voted him Artist of the Year for 1979 (along with The Who), selected Rust Never Sleeps as Album of the Year, and voted him Male Vocalist of the Year as well. … Read More
1980 34 Years Old 1 More Event
At the start of the decade, distracted by domestic medical concerns relating to his second disabled son, Ben, Young had little time to spend on writing and recording. After providing the incidental music to a 1980 biographical film of Hunter S. Thompson entitled Where the Buffalo Roam, Young released Hawks & Doves (November 3, 1980)', a short record pieced together from sessions going back to 1974. … Read More
1982 36 Years Old The 1982 album Trans, which incorporated vocoders, synthesizers, and electronic beats, was Young's first for the new label Geffen Records (distributed at the time by Warner Bros. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Young's next album, 1983's Everybody's Rockin', included several rockabilly covers and clocked in at less than twenty-five minutes in length. … Read More


1986 - 1988 4 More Events
1989 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Young's 1989 single "Rockin' in the Free World", which hit No. 2 on the US mainstream-rock charts, and accompanying album, Freedom, rocketed him back into the popular consciousness after a decade of sometimes-difficult genre experiments. … Read More
1990 - 1992 2 More Events
1994 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994 Young again collaborated with Crazy Horse for Sleeps with Angels, a record whose dark, sombre mood was influenced by Kurt Cobain's death earlier that year: the title track in particular dealt with Cobain's life and death, without mentioning him by name. … Read More
Still enamored with the grunge scene, Young reconnected with Pearl Jam in 1995 for the live-in-the-studio album Mirror Ball and a tour of Europe with the band and producer Brendan O'Brien backing Young. 1995 also marked Young's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was inducted by Eddie Vedder.


1996 - 2002 6 More Events
2003 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Young released Greendale, a concept album recorded with Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Young began using biodiesel on the 2004 Greendale tour, powering his trucks and tour buses with the fuel. "Our Greendale tour is now ozone friendly," he said. "I plan to continue to use this government approved and regulated fuel exclusively from now on to prove that it is possible to deliver the goods anywhere in North America without using foreign oil, while being environmentally responsible."
2005 59 Years Old In March 2005, while working on the Prairie Wind album in Nashville, Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. … Read More


…  On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
…  The trend continued on 2007's Chrome Dreams II, with lyrics exploring Young's personal eco-spirituality.
2008 - 2009 3 More Events
On January 22, 2010, Young performed "Long May You Run" on the final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
Young continued his Twisted Road tour with a short East Coast venture during spring 2011. … Read More
On January 22, 2012, the Master Class at the Slamdance Festival featured Coffee with Neil Young & Jonathan Demme for their new film Neil Young Journeys. … Read More
2013 67 Years Old In November 2013, Young performed at the annual fundraiser for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. … Read More
…  Young lived on Broken Arrow Ranch, about a thousand acres near La Honda, California until his 2014 divorce from Pegi, when he gave her the ranch and moved to Los Angeles with his current partner, Daryl Hannah.
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