Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band formed in 1966, whose members included Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Jim Messina, Ken Koblun, and Jim Fielder, and which combined rock, folk, and country music. The band released the classic 1960s protest song "For What It's Worth." The band was plagued by infighting, drug-related arrests, and line-up changes that led to its disbanding after two years. Three albums were released under its name, but many demos, studio outtakes, and live recordings remained and were issued in the decades that followed. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. (Read more at Wikipedia)

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Peel introduced an early gig by Buffalo Springfield in April 1966, when he was working as John Ravencroft on the San Bernardino radio station KMEN. Later he recalled that he talked to the band and found them friendly and likeable, unlike the Byrds, who headlined the concert. He enjoyed a chat with Neil Young, who surprised him by remaining silent when they met during the singer's visit to London in 1970.

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Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth 1967

Their best-known song, "For What It's Worth", was about the Sunset Strip riots of 1966, centred on the Pandora's Box club which Peel sometimes visited. He also mentioned the riots in an editorial for the Kmentertainer. According to that publication, the Springfield also appeared at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino in February 1967, during Peel's final weeks at the station, before he left to return to Britain, so it is possible that he might have attended (or introduced) the gig.

Back in the UK, Peel continued to play Buffalo Springfield tracks on his shows for Radio London and the BBC. In 1968 he recommended "Buffalo Springfield Again", the band's second LP, to the readers of his International Times column,, and in 1999 included "Expecting To Fly", from that album, in the Peelenium for 1968.


Festive Fifty Entries


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Other Shows Played

This listing may well be incomplete because of a lack of available tracklistings from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Please add further details if known.

  • 19 November 1967: Rock 'N' Roll Woman (7" - Rock 'N' Roll Woman / A Child's Claim To Fame) Atlantic
  • 31 December 1967: A Child's Claim To Fame (b-side of single 'Rock 'N' Roll Woman') Atlantic 584 145
  • 04 February 1968: Expecting To Fly (LP – Buffalo Springfield Again) Atlantic 587 091
  • 11 February 1968: Expecting To Fly (single) Atlantic 584165

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