The Buffalo Springfield original line up consisted of Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewy Martin. Furay met Stills through playing together in the Au Go Go Singers, a short lived folk that taught them alot about multi-part harmony. Afterr the group folded Furray and Stills went on a small tour of Canadian clubs and coffee houses, eventually meeting Neil Young who was playing with the Squires, a Canadian electric rock trio. After the Squires Young would try the folk scene of Yorkville, Toronto playing acoustic guitar. As a solo artist Young found little Success. Eventually Young met Bruce Palmer a member of a group The Mynah Birds, featuring Rick James as singer, and recrited Young as a guitarplayer. The Mynah Birds would find sucdess and localy securing a contract with motown records, and recording an album that would never see the light of day. The Mynah Birds abruptly ended after Rick Jmes was arested for dodging the draft and the record contract was disolved. With nothing going in Canada Young and Palmer headed west to California, trying to find Stills. Young only knew that Sephen was in L.A. but had no idea where, or that Furray had flown out to join him.
The Springfield started in 1966 in L.A. after Stills spotted Young’s 1953 Pontiac hearse in the middle of a traffic jam. After pulling over to the parking lot of a liquor store Sills and Furray played Neil their version of his song Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing. Young was impressed with Stills and Furrays version of his own song with harmony that he decided to work with them. The band still without a name was walking down the street one day and came across a Buffalo Springfield brand steam roller. They all liked it and took the metal sign off of the steam roller and put it on the wall of their rehearsal space. There was much promise in The Springfield with three songwriters and 2/3 lead singers there was a wealth of tallent. Also boasting an incredible rythm section, Palmer was a technically advanced bass player and Martin was a well established drumber playing with the likes of The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Charie Rich and others. The group's first album would be self titled and turned few heads until it was pulled from shelves a couple weeks after release and replaced with a new version including the newly recorded, For What it’s Worth. The song was penned by Stills in response to the sunset strip riots. This would be the bands only big hit, (Stills best ever) and earn them television appearances on shows like Hollywood Palace, American Bandstand, The Smothers Brothers Show and many others. During this period Neil Young, writer of most of the groups songs was discouraged from singing because the others felt that his voice was “not commercial” enough. The album was revolutionary through its combination of rock & roll, folk and country styles. "Go and Say Goodbye" by the Buffalo Springfield stands as one of the first examples of what would later be branded country rock" - Chris Hillman, The Byrds The first album, however was marred by the insane idea of alowing the bands managers, Greene and Stone to mix the album. Upon hearing the final mix the band immediately requested that they remix the entire thing. Stone’s reply was “go fuck your self”.