Happy Birthday to Stephen Stills, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and arranger extraordinaire, born January 3, 1945 in Dallas, Texas.
He first found fame with longtime colleague Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield, before reaching international rock star status with Crosby, Stills, Nash and, later, Young. His work with those bands is legendary, writing rock standards like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Carry On” and “Dark Star,” just to name a few, but much of his work outside of those groups, and to some extent his solo career, has been criminally overlooked.
In addition, his songs have recorded by dozens of artists, and he has appeared as a guest musician on so many wonderful recordings including, ironically, one by The Monkees!
Here are 10 times Stephen Stills cemented his status in the pantheon of rock and roll. Some of these you know by heart, some you may hear for the first time: