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Neil Young

  • BORN
  • Neil Percival Young
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • November 12, 1945
1945 births; 20th-century Canadian singers; 21st-century Canadian singers; 21st-century Canadian writers; Anti–Vietnam War activists; Buffalo Springfield members; Canadian activists; Canadian anti–Iraq War activists; Canadian country guitarists; Canadian country rock musicians; Canadian country singer-songwriters; Canadian country singers; Canadian environmentalists; Canadian expatriate musicians in the United States; Canadian expatriates in the United States; Canadian film directors; Canadian folk guitarists; Canadian folk singers; Canadian harmonica players; Canadian keyboardists; Canadian male singers; Canadian memoirists; Canadian multi-instrumentalists; Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees; Canadian people of American descent; Canadian people of French descent; Canadian people of Scottish descent; Canadian pianists; Canadian rock guitarists; Canadian rock keyboardists; Canadian rock singers; Canadian singer-songwriters; Canadian tenors; Counterculture of the 1960s; Crazy Horse (band) members; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young members; Film directors from Toronto; Film directors from Winnipeg; Grammy Award winners; Juno Award winners; Lead guitarists; Members of the Order of Manitoba; Musicians from Toronto; Musicians from Winnipeg; Neil Young; Officers of the Order of Canada; People from the San Francisco Bay Area; People from Topanga, California; People with epilepsy; People with poliomyelitis; Reprise Records artists; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees; Writers from Toronto; Writers from Winnipeg

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945), is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, director and screenwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and others. Young had released two solo albums by the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969, in addition to three as a member of Buffalo Springfield. From his early solo albums and those with his backing band Crazy Horse, Young has recorded a steady stream of studio and live albums, sometimes warring with his recording company along the way.

Young's often distorted electric guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature tenor singing voice transcend his long career. Young also plays piano and harmonica on many albums, which frequently combine folk, rock, country and other musical styles. Known to rip up live set lists, Young often plays acoustic versions of songs in one show and electric versions in others. His gritty guitar work, especially with Crazy Horse, earned him the nickname "Godfather of Grunge" and led to his 1995 album Mirror Ball with Pearl Jam. More recently Young has been backed by Promise of the Real.

Young directed (or co-directed) films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He also contributed to the soundtracks of the films Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man (1995).

Young has received several Grammy and Juno awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice: as a solo artist in 1995 and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. In 2000, Rolling Stone named Young the 34th greatest rock 'n roll artist.

He has lived in California since the 1960s but retains Canadian citizenship. He was awarded the Order of Manitoba on July 14, 2006, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2009.

SOURCE: Wikipedia

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