Thursday, September 30, 2010

For what it's worth

Dewey Martin, left, manned the drum kit for Buffalo Springfield.
With a name like Walter Milton Dewayne Midkiff he was either going to be a banker or a lawyer or, well, he could just change his moniker. How does Dewey Martin sound?

Sounded good to Stephen Stills and Neil Young when they were assembling Buffalo Springfield and needed a drummer.  By any name Martin was an accomplished
percussionist who did session work for Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison, just to drop a few names.  The man had a beat.  And although he wasn't responsible for any of the songs on Buffalo Springfield's self-titled 1966 debut album, Martin did take credit for inspiring Stills to write the classic "For What It's Worth" by slipping him some LSD.

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

Martin would've been celebrating his 60th birthday today but we lost him a year ago.  Doesn't mean we can't raise a glass to honor him and the rest of our Sept. 30 Birthday Band.  Cheers!

Johnny Mathis (1935): Singer
Chances Are, Misty, The Twelfth of Never, A Certain Smile

Dewey Martin (1949-2009): Drums, Buffalo Springfield
For What It’s Worth, Sit Down I Think I Love You, Good Time Boy

Marilyn McCoo (1943): Singer, Fifth Dimension
Up, Up and Away, Aquarius, One Less Bell to Answer

Sylvia Peterson (1946): Singer, Chiffons
One Fine Day, He’s So Fine, Sweet Talkin’ Guy

Deborah Allen (1953): Singer
Baby I Lied, Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me (with Jim Reeves)


  1. Charles, I agree
    Glad to see sss up and running again