Happy 75th Birthday Neil Young: 5 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Collaborations

By Andy Kahn Nov 12, 2020 12:36 pm PST

Neil Young was born in Toronto on this date in 1945. The 75-year-old Canadian musician was raised in Winnipeg, where as a teenager he formed his first bands, laying the foundation for a career in music that twice landed him in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Young was first inducted in 1995 as a solo artist. He became a two-time member in 1997 when the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducted Buffalo Springfield whose lineup included Young, Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer and Richie Furay. While some aspects of Young’s solo career have found him truly working or performing alone, along with Buffalo Springfield, Young is closely associated with many other musicians, like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crazy Horse, The Stray Gators, Pearl Jam, Booker T. Jones, Promise of the Real and many others.

Below are five videos in the JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA) featuring Young collaborating with other musical legends at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies from the past 34 years. Click to check out other Neil Young live videos in the JBLVA and keep scrolling for five Hall Of Fame worthy collaborations.

Chuck Berry 1986 | Roll Over Beethoven

Young’s relationship with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame dates back to the first ceremony held in 1986 that saw Young induct The Everly Brothers as part of the inaugural class of performers. He also participated in the truly all-star jam led by Chuck Berry and featuring John Fogerty, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Steve Winwood and others. Above, watch the incredible assemblage of rock royalty performing “Roll Over Beethoven” on January 23, 1986, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.


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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (See 279 videos)
Chuck Berry (See 7 videos) , Keith Richards (See 7 videos) , Jerry Lee Lewis (See 26 videos) , Neil Young (See 168 videos) , John Fogerty (See 35 videos) , Billy Joel (See 21 videos) and Steve Winwood (See 4 videos)

Booker T. & The M.G.’s 1992 | Green Onions

Booker T. & the M.G.’s were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1992. Young attended the ceremony to induct The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who was also part of the ‘92 class. Young and Booker T. & The M.G.’s toured together in 1993 and recorded the collaborative LP, Are You Passionate? in 2002. At the 1992 Rock Hall ceremony, Young was onstage for the all-star jam that featured Booker T. & The M.G.’s instrumental classic “Green Onions.” Directed by Paul Shaffer, the lineup of musicians included Booker T. Jones on Hammond B3 organ, The M.G.’s guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, as well as U2 guitarist The Edge, The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Blues Traveler harmonica player John Popper and others. Young takes a somewhat awkward solo at around the three-minute mark in the video above.


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Booker T. Jones (See 5 videos) , Steve Cropper (See 6 videos) , Donald , The Edge (See 2 videos) , Keith Richards (See 7 videos) and Neil Young (See 168 videos)

Pearl Jam 1995 | Act Of Love & Fuckin’ Up

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder inducted Neil into the Rock Hall when he first went in with the 1995 class. Pearl Jam and Young, who released the joint 1995 album Mirror Ball, collaborated during the performance part of the ceremony on January 23, 1995, which was the last held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel following the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum’s opening in Cleveland later that year. Young and Pearl Jam collaborated on “Act of Love” and “Fuckin’ Up,” both of which are captured in the video above.


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Neil Young (See 168 videos) and Pearl Jam (See 81 videos)

Led Zeppelin 1995 | When The Levee Breaks

Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin were also among the 1995 class of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. Young sat-in with the surviving members of LZ, vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, who were joined by drummer Michael Lee in place of the late John Bonham. The rock icons came together for “When The Levee Breaks,” which can be seen above.


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Led Zeppelin (See 34 videos) and Neil Young (See 168 videos)

The Pretenders 2005| My City Was Gone

A decade later, Young was again recruited by the Rock And Hall Of Fame, this time to induct The Pretenders (he inducted Paul McCartney in 1999 and would also induct Tom Waits in 2011). Young was also recruited by The Pretenders to sit-in with the band during their performance. Neil can be seen alongside frontwoman Chrissie Hynde on “My City Was Gone” in the above video.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (See 279 videos)
The Pretenders (See 16 videos) and Neil Young (See 168 videos)
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