Neil Young


Neil Percival Young, OC, OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Young began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960,s 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". (The Youngtown Museum in Omemee is a tribute to Young.) Young was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, and also suffered from a bout of polio in 1951, in what was the last major outbreak of the disease in Ontario. … Read More
1952 6 Years Old After his recovery, the Young family vacationed to Florida in the United States in 1952, and upon returning to Canada soon decided to move away from Omemee and into the city of Toronto, before relocating to Pickering, which is just east of Toronto, and then again to north Toronto soon afterward. … 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 - 1968 3 More Events
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.
1970 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Young wrote "Ohio" following the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970. … Read More
1971 - 1974 4 More Events
1975 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1975, Young reformed Crazy Horse with Frank Sampedro on guitar as his backup band for his eighth album, Zuma (November 10, 1975). … Read More


1976 - 1977 3 More Events
1978 32 Years Old 1 More Event
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 U.S. 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, Neil Young performed at the annual fundraiser for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. … Read More
The album A Letter Home was released on April 19, 2014, and his second memoir, entitled "Special Deluxe" is tentatively scheduled for a late 2014 release.
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