Stephen Stills

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Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer(1945–)
Stephen Stills is an American folk musician, best known as a member of the vocal super group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He is the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame twice in one night.

Synopsis

Born in Dallas, Texas, on January 3, 1945, Stephen Stills is an American folk musician, best known as a member of the bands Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In the 1970s, Stills re-emerged as a solo artist, producing several successful albums. In 1997, he made history as the first person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night—with both Buffalo Springfield as well as Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Early Years

Stephen Arthur Stills was born on January 3, 1945, in Dallas, Texas. Raised in a military family, Stills moved around as a child, spending time in both the United States and Central America. At a young age, he became interested in blues and folk music, and after dropping out of Florida State University in the early 1960s, he set his sights on a career in music.

Stills soon moved to New York City to try his hand as a folk singer, eventually joining a nine-member vocal harmony group called the Au Go Go Singers, the house act of the famous Café Au Go Go in New York City. The group included Richie Furay, who would later become Stills's bandmate in a new group.

After touring together for a brief period of time and releasing one album, the Au Go Go Singers broke up in 1965. During this time, Stills was also performing with a folk-rock group called The Company, along with guitarist Neil Young.

In 1966, Stills moved west, to California, and reunited with Furay and Young to form the band Buffalo Springfield. The band released three albums: Buffalo Springfield (1966), Buffalo Springfield Again (1967) and Last Time Around (1968). Unfortunately, the group enjoyed just one hit single, "For what it's Worth" (1966's Buffalo Springfield), before disbanding.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Stephen Stills re-emerged after Buffalo Springfield’s break-up, with 1968's Super Session album—a project with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. Still soon crossed paths with Graham Nash, a former member of British group The Hollies, and David Crosby, who had recently been kicked out of The Byrds. Pleased by their 3-part harmony, the trio joined forces to produce a new album under the name Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN), and included the hit single, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," was a huge success.

Later that year, the band grew with the addition of Neil Young, forming the folk-rock supergroup known as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. With Young, the group scored two No. 1 albums, Déjà vu (1970) and Four Way Street (1971).

Solo Career

During CSN&Y's early years, Stills continued to produce solo material, releasing Stephen Stills (1970) and Stephen Stills 2 (1971). In 1972, he joined the band Manassas, and released a self-titled album that same year. He continued to create solo music over the next 30 years, releasing albums such as Stills (1975), Illegal Stills (1976), Thoroughfare Gap (1978), Right by You (1984) and Man Alive! (2005). Stills, along with former CSN&Y members David Crosby and Graham Nash, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. He was the first person in rock history to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night—with both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Personal Life

Stills has been married three times, and has five children. In 2007, it was announced that Stills had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and would need to undergo surgery. In 2011, he was ranked No. 47 on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

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