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Five interesting facts about Neil Young

November 13, 2018

Today is his birthday

Iconic rocker Neil Young was born Nov. 12, 1945, and turns 73 today.

A Canadian native

Young was born in Toronto but moved to Winnipeg as a teenager when his parents divorced. His mother was a panelist on a Canadian quiz show, and his father was a sports writer for the Toronto Sun.

Artist of the decade

New York magazine The Village Voice named Young ’70s Artist Of The Decade.

Distinguished guests

The list of guest musicians on Young’s classic album “Harvest’’ included James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, all members of Crosby, Stills & Nash and the London Symphony Orchestra.

‘Godfather of Grunge’

Young is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Grunge” in part because of his pioneering use of feedback and distortion, not to mention his perennial love for flannel shirts.

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