About Stephen StillsREG partners had the pleasure of working with Stephen Stills at the Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards at the House of Blues.
With early influences of blues, folk, and Latin music, Stills dropped out of the University of Florida to pursue a music career in the early 1960s. He played in a series of unsuccessful bands including the Continentals, which featured future Eagles' guitarist Don Felder. Stills eventually ended up in a nine-member vocal harmony group, the house act at the famous Cafe Au GoGo in NYC. On a tour of Canada, Stills met a young guitarist named Neil Young.
Years later, Stills and Young met in Los Angeles and formed the core of Buffalo Springfield. The band released three albums and one hit single ("For What It's Worth") before breaking up.
During the disintegration of Buffalo Springfield, Stills joined ex-Byrd David Crosby and ex-Hollie Graham Nash to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. Neil Young was added for their second album. During the late 1960s and early 70s, CSN and CSNY rivalled The Beatles in popularity.
In the wake of CSNY's success, all four members recorded solo albums. In 1970, Stills released his self-titled debut, which featured guests Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Ringo Starr. It provided Stills with the hit single "Love the One You're With." Stills followed this with Stephen Stills 2, which featured "Change Partners", a metaphor for the many relationships in CSNY.
The next year, Stills teamed up with ex-Byrd Chris Hillman and several CSNY sidemen to form the band Manassas. Then he switched to Columbia Records before an attempted reunion with Young. At one point, Long May You Run was supposed to be a CSNY record, but when Crosby and Nash left to fulfill recording and touring obligations, Stills and Young decided to go on as the Stills-Young Band. However, Young would leave midway through the resulting tour due to an apparent throat infection. Stills was contractually bound to finish the tour, but he did reunite with Crosby and Nash shortly afterwards. This has led to the semi-permanent CSN reunion even though all three have released solo records since then.
In 1997, Stills became the first person to be inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame twice in the same night for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield.