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Neil Young

Born 12 November 1945.
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Neil Young is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

Andy Aitken nominates Neil Young for Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

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Biography

Neil Percival Young, OC OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals 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, later joining Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as "one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers". He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Young's work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Le Noise

    Le Noise 2010

    Reviewed by Wyndham Wallace
    Shakey’s back with his 34th studio album.
  2. Review of Fork In The Road

    Fork In The Road 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    A stripped back, underproduced road movie of an album
  3. Review of Sugar Mountain

    Sugar Mountain 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    A valuable insight into the man's early defining moments.
  4. Review of Chrome Dreams II

    Chrome Dreams II 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Several of the songs here have been maturing in the vaults until deemed ripe enough...
  5. Review of Live At Massey Hall 1971

    Live At Massey Hall 1971 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    This is the real Neil…
  6. Review of Living With War

    Living With War 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    Living With War is another fist in America’s gut.
  7. Review of Prairie Wind

    Prairie Wind 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The songs here return to the simple acoustic heartland that lies at the centre of some...
  8. Review of On The Beach

    On The Beach 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    An essential glimpse of what makes Young an enigma and a genius.
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