Late Night FDL: For What It’s Worth
Stephen Stills celebrates his 70th birthday today, becoming the last member of the famed folk-rock trio Crosby, Stills and Nash to reach that milestone. The singer, songwriter and guitarist has had an impressively prolific and successful career, and is among an elite group of musicians who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, entering in 1997 as both a member of CSN and Buffalo Springfield.
Stills first found fame with Buffalo Springfield, which formed in 1966 and also featured Neil Young and future Poco frontman Richie Furay. Stephen wrote and sang the band’s only top 10 hit, the classic protest anthem “For What It’s Worth,” and also penned such memorable tunes as “Bluebird” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman.”
After the Buffalo Springfield disbanded in 1968, Stills teamed up with David Crosby from The Byrds and Graham Nash of The Hollies to form Crosby, Stills and Nash. The trio became one of the most celebrated acts of the Woodstock era, with its 1969 self-titled debut yielding such classic songs as the Stills-written “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Helplessly Hoping.” The band soon welcomed Young into the fold and released an even more successful album, Déjà Vu, in 1970. Stephen contributed “Carry On” and a couple other songs to the record, which topped the Billboard 200.
Stills also was successful outside of CSN, particularly with his self-titled 1970 solo album, which featured the top 20 hit “Love the One You’re With.” In addition, he founded the short-lived group Manassas with original Byrds bassist Chris Hillman that was together from 1971 to 1973, and in 1975, he released a collaborative album with Young under the moniker The Stills-Young Band titled Long May You Run.
Since 1977 until the present day, Stephen has continued to tour regularly with CSN, and occasionally with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He also has interspersed his work with CSN with solo projects. Most recently, he formed the supergroup The Rides with guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ex-Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg. That band released its debut album, Can’t Get Enough, in 2013 and also toured fairly extensively that year.
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