Friday, February 6, 2009

Dewey Martin, Canadian drummer for Buffalo Springfield, dies

Dewey Martin, Canadian-born drummer for the short-lived but influential 1960s rock group Buffalo Springfield, has died. He was 68.

Martin was found dead Sunday in Van Nuys, Calif., his friend Lisa Lenes said in a statement Thursday. No cause of death has been determined, but it is believed he died of natural causes.

Martin joined with Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Bruce Palmer to form Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles in 1966.

Their unique sound, melding country, folk and rock, had a strong influence on 1970s rock.

Martin played drums on songs such as Bluebird, Mr. Soul, Rock 'N' Roll Woman and For What It's Worth.

Fellow Canadian Young recalled Martin's style in his autobiography, Shakey.

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