Monday, September 20, 2010

The Richie Furay Band: Buffalo Springfield Medley

Last week, Stuart Shepard, a friend of mine from college sent me a link to an article about the upcoming reunion of the original Buffalo Springfield. They will be performing at a live benefit for the Bridge School in Hillsdale, California on October 23 and 24.

Since Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin are both deceased, Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale will play bass and drums respectively. Original members Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Richie Furay will reform for the first time since the band split in 1968.

In light of this reunion, it is only fitting for me to feature Buffalo Springfield related music all week long. Expect something related to the band through. Named for the Ohio based Buffalo Springfield [Steam] Roller Company, the band only released three albums; however, their influence extended into groups like Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Poco; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; Loggins and Messina; Souther, Hillman, and Furay; and the Stills-Young Band.

Today’s Monday Cover selection has the Richie Furay Band with a medley of Buffalo Springfield songs: “Flying on the Ground is Wrong,” “Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It,” and “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing.”

The three songs, all written by Neil Young, were originally sung by Richie Furay and came from the band’s self-titled debut album. Furay was chosen to sing lead on Young’s compositions as the album’s producers deemed Young’s voice as “too weird.”

The Original Buffalo Springfield Versions

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