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Martin, who was born in Canada as Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff, started off his professional career as a session drummer in Nashville in the early '60s before moving to Los Angeles, where he kept the beat for several local combos. He joined the just-formed Buffalo Springfield in 1966, remaining in the group for the entirety of its brief yet influential two-year existence.
The group, which also included Richie Furay and Bruce Palmer, got its start in Los Angeles and promptly went to work on a sound that meshed rock, country and folk. The band's first single was also their lone top 10 hit. 'For What It's Worth' remains a staple of classic rock radio and a snapshot of the Vietnam era.
Other songs by the band include 'Mr. Soul,' 'Bluebird' and 'Kind Woman.' They called it quits after a third album, but it was just the beginning for Young and Stills, who have enjoyed an off-and-on musical partnership for the last 40 years. Furay later found commercial success with country-tinged rockers Poco. Martin tried in vain to keep the band alive after its split, recruiting members for the New Buffalo Springfield. Lawsuits from Young and Stills put a stop to that. Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
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