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Bruce Palmer

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(1946 – 2004)

Bruce Palmer (September 9, 1946 – October 1, 2004) was a Canadian musician notable for playing bass guitar in the folk rock band Buffalo Springfield
Palmer was born and raised in Toronto Ontario, Canada. He started out playing in high a school band, which subsequently evolved into the very successful Robbie Lane & The Disciples, and then graduated to a local, otherwise all-black, group fronted by Billy Clarkson. Next came British invasion-inspired Jack London & The Sparrows (which after Palmer left, evolved into Steppenwolf). In early 1965, he left to join The Mynah Birds and it was here where Palmer met Neil Young. The group, fronted by future funk legend Rick James, was signed to Motown Records and did some preliminary recordings. before it was discovered that James had been AWOL from the Navy for a year. A planned single, “It’s My Time” b/w “Go Ahead And Cry”, was withdrawn just prior to its scheduled release by Motown. Both sides of this single were included in the 2006 box set “The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6: 1966”, released in a limited edition of 6000 by Universal vanity label Hip-O-Select, marking the first time any of the 1966 Motown recordings by the Mynah Birds had seen the light of day.
The group was forced to disband, and a fatalistic Young and Palmer drove the former’s hearse out to Los Angeles in the hope of possibly reacquainting themselves with Stephen Stills, a journeyman folk musician with whom Young had played briefly in Canada two years earlier.

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