12th Nov 45
Born in: Canada
Marital status: Divorced
Singer and Songwriter
Canadian musician Neil Young is one of the most prolific and respected folk/rock guitarists of the 20th century. In a career spanning more than four decades, Young has delivered hits like “Helpless”, “Down by the River”, “Cinnamon Girl”, “Philadelphia”, “After the Gold Rush”, “The Needle and the Damage Done” and “Like a Hurricane”. Young has worked as a solo performer as well as with bands like Pearl Jam, Crazy Horse and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Neil Young has also performed in and produced concert films and movies like “Made in Heaven”, “Human Highway”, “Year of the Horse” and “Rust Never Sleeps”.
Through the sales of his albums and singles and through the ticket sales from his tours and concerts, Neil Young has amassed a wealth of over $65 million.
Neil Young owns multiple properties in the US including homes in Hawaii and Florida and a sprawling 1500 acre ranch in California named the ‘Broken Arrow Ranch’. Young has offered his services as a musician to various charity concerts and benefits that raise funds for various humanitarian causes. Young is also a passionate environmentalist and is currently working on a documentary in which a 1959 Lincoln Continental would be converted into a hybrid vehicle. The vehicle would then be driven to Washington D.C. to bring environmental issues to the attention of lawmakers. Also an outspoken advocate for the cause of small farmers, Young co-founded the Farm Aid benefit concert in 1985. In 1986, Young and his wife Pegi founded an educational institute for children with severe physical and verbal difficulties called The Bridge School. Each year, Young and his fellow musicians perform at the Bridge School Benefit concert to support the school. Young is also a passionate model train devotee who invested his own money in the famous model-train manufacturing company Lionel Trains LLC to save it from bankruptcy.
Even though he has lived in the US since the ‘70s, Neil Young retains his Canadian citizenship and has openly stated that he has no plans to relinquish it. Neil Young was rumored to have been dating the on-again, off-again companion of Jim Morrison Pamela Courson in the late ‘60s and is rumored to have penned two hits "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "Cinnamon Girl" about her. Young married Susan Acevedo in 1968 though the marriage ended after just two years. In 1971, Young fell in love with actress Carrie Snodgrass and the couple lived together for four years. Young wrote the song 'A Man Needs A Maid' about her. The couple has a son together named Zeke who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. In 1977, Neil Young married Pegi Morton and the couple had a son Ben who was diagnosed with an even more severe form of cerebral palsy than Zeke. Young and Morton also have a daughter Amber Jean suffers from epilepsy just like Young himself.