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Happy Birthday Neil Young: Watch Legend Perform ‘Heart of Gold’ At First-Ever Farm Aid

by Charles Craighill
Neil Young Plays at Farm Aid (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Today marks singer/songwriter legend Neil Young’s seventy-fifth birthday. The Canadian-American music hero wrote some of the most iconic folk-rock anthems in American history. Even at seventy-five, Young still plays live shows. Watch him perform one of his many hits, “Heart of Gold,” at the first-ever Farm Aid benefit concert.

Neil Young released “Heart of Gold” on is his 1972 album, Harvest. It is just one of many examples of Young’s incredible talent as a songwriter. The guitar riff at the beginning is instantly recognizable to anyone who doesn’t live under a rock. Despite his label as hard rock and roller, his genuine and truly personal lyrics hit home on a much deeper level.

Young mastered the art of creating a setting in a song. His song “It’s a Dream” exemplifies his lyrical prowess. From his work with Buffalo Springfield early in his career to his solo albums, to his work with Crosby Stills Nash & Young, he is a once in a lifetime songwriter.

Career of Neil Young

Neil Young began his career in the 1960s, joining Buffalo Springfield after only a few short years. He and Stephen Stills, who was also in Buffalo Springfield, would later work together again in Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

Young was extremely prolific, releasing dozens of albums over the course of his fifty-plus year solo career. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice, first in 1995 for his solo work, then again in 1997 for Buffalo Springfield.

Farm Aid Benefit Concert

Neil Young has long been an environmentalist and philanthropist. In 1985, he co-founded the benefit concert Farm Aid for the well being of small farmers. The Farm Aid charity concert has been running since its inception in 1985. Artists such as Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, and Dave Matthews played at the concert alongside Young in the past.