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Saskatoon, Canada

David Neil was born in Saskatoon, Canada
circa 1950. His early days are largely unknown except that he took
guitar lessons from a man called Mr. Shapiro who lived at 19 Crown
St. Mr. Shapiro later noted that as a guitar player, Neil was “nothing
special”. Around 1970 Neil begins to play some regional gigs here and
abroad. He puts together his classic band line up and records some of
the material for these songs . An apparently amazing show at the Bottom
Line in New York secures a recording deal with Anchor records, a fledgling

company of the giant DMI corp. David Neil and band enter studios in New
York and Los Angeles where much material was recorded. Neil develops
multiple drug addictions and begins several affairs with various Hollywood
and Long Island wives. One last tour of the States in 1974 he is joined
on bass by Steve Kilbey who 6 years later will form Australian rock band
The Church. Kilbey frequently notes Neil was “a huge influence on the songs
i was trying to write”. In December 1974 Neil had the dubious distinction
of dying 3 deaths at once i.e. the plane he was on crashed while at the
time he was overdosing in the toilet while a jealous husband kicked in the
door and gunned him down. The coroners later ruled they could not tell
which happened first and that all 3 things were equally fatal at exactly
the same time. Neil’s tapes circulated as bootlegs. The most famous and
revered being “The Wilderness Years” on the famous Trademark of Quality
label. It was on blood red vinyl in 2008 Steve Kilbey and Ricky Rene Maymi

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