Buffalo Springfield - Rock & Roll Woman
a joy to know
Neil Young first met Stephen Stills in Ontario, in 1965, when both were playing gigs with their respective bands-- they hit it off and agreed at some point to try and play together. The next year, Young's band, The Mynah Birds, lost its contract with Motown because their lead singer, Rick James (yes, that's right), was arrested for having gone AWOL from the US Navy.
So, Young & Bruce Palmer got in Young's car and drove to Los Angeles-- they'd heard Stills was there, playing pickup gigs as a session musician & they figured to hook up with him-- but after a week they'd not managed to track him down.
Young & Palmer were about to leave LA for San Francisco, to see other friends, so the story goes, and found themselves sitting one morning in traffic on Sunset Boulevard. Seeing Young's distinctive car-- a 1953 Pontiac Hearse-- a bunch of guys in a white van headed the opposite direction got all excited and started yelling & waving their hands. The driver pulled out, made an illegal U-turn and drove around to Young: Stephen Stills stepped out of the van, along with Richie Furay and the producer Barry Friedman. Young & Palmer stayed in LA, and the Buffalo Springfield was born.