Buffalo Springfield's Dewey Martin Dead At 68
February 6, 2009 at 12:33 PM (PT)
DEWEY MARTIN, drummer for the short-lived but long-resonating rock band BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD whose career after the group split never ignited like those of his former band mates NEIL YOUNG and STEPHEN STILLS, has died, reports THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. He was 68.
He was found dead SUNDAY by a roommate in his VAN NUYS apartment, longtime friend LISA LENES said THURSDAY. The cause of death has not been determined. "We believe it was natural causes," LENES said, adding that he had suffered health problems in recent years and performed publicly only sporadically.
MARTIN was one of the founding members, along with YOUNG, STILLS, singer-songwriter-guitarist RICHIE FURAY and bassist BRUCE PALMER, of BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, a key progenitor of country-rock music.
"It's a great loss," MICKY DOLENZ, drummer for the MONKEES, said THURSDAY. DOLENZ said he became close friends with MARTIN in the late '60s when both were working in and around HOLLYWOOD. "We never worked together, we just hung out a lot. We went to shows together at THE WHISKY and THE TROUBADOUR. He was a great drummer -- it's a well-known fact. And he was a really nice guy."
'Outlaw Radio' Tribute to Martin Saturday
MARTIN was recently a regular on "MAGIC MATT" ALAN's online "OUTLAW RADIO" show, and ALAN tells ALL ACCESS that "DEWEY was more than colorful and outrageous on the show. He was a bona fide, lovable mental patient." The show will be airing a tribute to MARTIN SATURDAY 3p-midnight PT at www.outlawradiousa.com.