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Neil Young Born in 1945

In 2015, Norah Jones opened for Neil Young with her group Puss ‘N’ Boots, and on her album Day Breaks (2016) she revisits one of the Canadian singer’s songs.

To discover Neil Young

Toronto native, Neil Young is a Canadian singer and guitarist. In the 1970s, after getting his start in the group Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young released his first solo albums, After the Gold Rush and Harvest, which established him on the music scene and marked the beginning of a dazzling and very prolific career. With his high-pitched voice supported by an acoustic folk-rock sound tinged with country, he has released over 40 albums. Neil Young is also known for his participation in the super-group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

On Day Breaks (2016), Norah Jones covered his song “Don’t Be Denied” from the live album Time Fades Away (1973). To better identify with the theme of the song, she changed the song’s narrator: the little boy living in Winnipeg became a girl from Anchorage, Alaska, where Jones and her mother spent six months away from the Texas of her childhood. The song’s lyrics evoke the absence of a father figure – in Jones’s case, the famed Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar.

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