Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Nils Lofgren is 67 years old today. Along with…

Written by on June 21, 2018

Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Nils Lofgren is 67 years old today. Along with his work as a solo artist, he is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1984.

Lofgren was born in Chicago and moved to the suburban town of Garrett Park, Maryland, near the northern border of Washington, D.C. as a very young child. In1968, he formed the band Grin. The group played in venues throughout the Washington, D.C. area. During this time, Lofgren met Neil Young and played for him. Young invited Lofgren to come to California and Nils lived for some months at a home Neil Young rented in Laurel Canyon.

Lofgren joined Neil Young’s band at age 19, playing piano and guitar on the album “After the Gold Rush.” Lofgren worked on his parts around-the-clock when recording was not in session. Lofgren maintained a close musical relationship with Young, appearing on his “Tonight’s the Night” album and tour among others. He was also briefly a member of Crazy Horse, appearing on their 1971 LP and contributing songs to their catalogue.

Nils did a number of solo album releases. His debut album was a success with critics; a 1975 Rolling Stone review by Jon Landau (the guy who ‘discovered’ Bruce Springsteen, and became his manager) labeled it one of the finest rock albums of the year, and NME ranked it 5th in its list of albums of the year.

In 1984, when Steven Van Zandt left The E Street Band, Nils was hired to be the new guitarist.

If you ever get a chance to catch Nils’ show, well let’s just say, you’ll be glad you did!

Happy Birthday Nils!!!

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