Fred Neil

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Tags: folk singer-songwriter blues 60s folk-rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 March 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 7 July 2001, Summerland Key, Florida, USA. An important figure in America’s folk renaissance, Neil’s talent first emerged in 1956 when he co-wrote an early Buddy Holly single, ‘Modern Don Juan’. He released a few solo singles during the late 50s, often using the name Freddie Neil. By the following decade he was a fixture of the Greenwich Village circuit, both as a solo act and in partnership with fellow singer Vince Martin. The duo embarked on separate careers following the release of Tear Down The Walls. Neil’s subsequent solo Bleecker & MacDougal was an influential collection and contained the original version of ‘The Other Side Of This Life’, later covered by the Youngbloods, Lovin’ Spoonful and the Jefferson Airplane. The singer’s deep, resonant voice was equally effective, inspiring the languid tones of Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin.

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