Bruce Palmer, bassist for the Buffalo Springfield, has died of a heart attack at age 58.
“There’s not a person who listened to the Buffalo Springfield that
wasn’t drawn to the way he played bass,” said bandmate Richie Furay. “He made the music move — Bruce was truly a musician’s musician. I consider it a
privilege to have played with him in such a creative time in my life.”
Bruce Palmer was born in 1946, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and was most well known as the bassist for the Buffalo Springfield. Palmer began his musical career in Toronto with Jack London & the Sparrows.
He then joined the Mynah Birds, with Rick James on vocals. In 1966, Neil Young joined the Mynah Birds, on the Motown label, although an album was never released.
Bruce Palmer was with Neil Young for the legendary meeting on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. On the way out of town, Stills recognized Young’s hearse with Canadian plates and flagged them down. The rest is history, as they began jamming immediately and formed the Buffalo Springfield.
- “But within weeks of Buffalo Springfield forming, a less welcome development entered into Neil Young’s life. He and Bruce Palmer were stoned,
standing in a small crowd watching a man demonstrating a Vegematic kitchen slicer when Neil collapsed. He was having his first epileptic fit, a condition whose
medical treatment only enhanced his moody and intense personality: simultaneous (such were the times) self-medication of dope,speed and acid didn`t help. His two songs on the self titled first Buffalo Springfield LP, ‘Flying On The Ground Is Wrong’ and ‘Burned’ alluded to bad trips-unusual in an era of psychedelic celebration.”
Joining Neil Young and Stephen Stills in the Buffalo Springfield would be the brief highlight of his career.Palmer was replaced by Jim Messina on bass due to a variety of drug problems and immigration issues.
“Bruce was the mysterious one in the group,” Furay adds. “You may not have always known what he was thinking as he just looked at you and smiled, but when he plugged the bass in, there was no mistaking his life was truly about the music.”
Otherwise, Palmer’s only other musical effort was a solo album, “The Cycle Is Complete”, an experimental album. Palmer briefly formed the band Buffalo Springfield revisited but there was little output from the brief reunion band that was without Young and Stills.
Bruce, Rest in Peace.
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