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Neil Young

TNiel Young

Even though Neil Young was not born in Winnipeg he calls Winnipeg his home.

His parents divorced when Young was 12, and he moved with his mother back to the family home of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where his music career began.

When Neil Young arrived in Winnipeg, he already knew what it was like to be uprooted, since his family had gone wherever his father's career in journalism had taken him. But after the break-up of his parents' marriage, Neil and his mother Rassy settled into the working class suburb of Fort Rouge where the shy, dry-humored youth enrolled at Earl Grey Junior High School. It was there that he met Ken Koblun, later to join him in The Squires, he liked them and there that he formed his first band the Jades.

While attending Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, he played in several instrumental rock bands. Young's first stable band was called the Squires, and they had a local hit called "The Sultan." Young dropped out of high school and also played in Fort William, where they recorded a series of demos produced by a local producer named Ray Dee, whom Young called "the original Briggs." While in Thunder Bay, Young first encountered Stephen Stills.

In the 2006 film Heart of Gold Young relates how he used to spend time as a teenager at Falcon Lake, Manitoba where he would endlessly plug coins into the jukebox to hear Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds."

Bands Neil Young was in were:

  • The Squires
  • The Mynah Birds
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young