Neil Percival Young, popularly known as Neil Young, was born in the Canadian town of Toronto on November 12, 1945. After a struggle with polio, he turned to music as his solace, listening to Elvis. He was thirteen when he got his first instrument - a cheap ukulele made of plastic. This was followed by a banjo and his love for music took over all other interests in his life including his studies until he dropped out of high school.
Committed to a career as a musician, he dropped out of high school and started performing at clubs and coffee houses in the area, first with the band 'Squires' – a garage rock band, and later as a solo act. It was at this time that he set his style to gentle folk and country-rock, and crushingly loud electric guitar rock.
Some of his earliest endeavors was songwriting, and at this stage he depicted his early experiences and struggles in his childhood in his song 'Sugar Mountain', then he wrote 'Flying On The Ground Is Wrong' which was Young's first major success as a songwriter when the band 'The Guess Who' had a Top 40 Hit with the song.
In 1965, Neil Young toured Canada presenting solo, then in 1966, he relocated to La along with Stephen Stills and subsequently formed 'Buffalo Springfield' where they mixed folk, country, psychedelia, and rock, which was given a hard edge by the use of twin guitars of Stills and Young. This made it a critical success, the record Buffalo Springfield sold well after Stills’ song 'For What It's Worth' became a hit, aided by Young's melodic harmonics played on electric guitar.
He went solo in 1968 up to 1969 for a deal with Reprise Records, where he and his friend Joni Mitchell, shared a manager, Elliot Roberts (who manages Young to this day) together they produced young’s album "Neil Young" which contained some of his most popular songs to date. Young followed it with his second studio album "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" just a few months later, on which he collaborated with drummer Ralph Molina, bass player Billy Talbot, and guitarist Dan Whitten, collectively known as 'Crazy Horse'.
In 1969, he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) group which was renamed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and they began to perform and record, playing at the legendary Woodstock Festival in August 1969, which they followed up with the album "Déjà Vu" with the resultant fame. Then came 'After The Gold Rush' getting into Top 10 and featuring Neil Young classics 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart', 'Tell Me Why' and 'Southern Man'.
Personal problems were a setback until 1975, the album 'Tonight's the Night', and then 'Zuma', both was successful that took him to the early 1980s and his experimentations with rock were not that successful.
Then he put his efforts in caring for three disabled children, reestablishing himself back in music in the 90s while reuniting with Crazy Horse and releasing several albums such as "Ragged Glory" (1990), "Weld" (1991), etc. He reached No. 16 on the charts, and eventually going Double Platinum.
He is still active, as a singer, songwriter, and in his personal life.